Seeing Your Trailer At Night!?

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Second Chance's Comment
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I am starting solo tomorrow night for the first time. My shift should start around 5pm. It seems as there could be a lot of city driving. My concern is I only have drove at night one time for about 45 minutes being trained on an auto. It was 2am so there was no traffic. Even though I could not see my tandems I made sure I took as much space as I could. Is there a way to better see how close your tandems are to the edge of the road? I see no reference point!!!! I am assuming I have to know what kind of turn I am going to have to make and use all the available space, and make sure I make extra space as well to clear the turns.

I am guessing in the city like roads I should be ok with street lights, but back farm country roads, you can't see. Is there a way to force your work lights on in the back? Maybe that will give just enough light to see? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!!!!!

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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I have my mirrors adjusted to where I can see the tandems at all times. The big mirrors are good for slight turns and the spot(?) mirrors for the tighter ones. Our trailers have red lights on the corners also. Just remember to take it as wide as you need to and don't forget the truck has a front end too.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Second Chance's Comment
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I have my mirrors adjusted to where I can see the tandems at all times. The big mirrors are good for slight turns and the spot(?) mirrors for the tighter ones. Our trailers have red lights on the corners also. Just remember to take it as wide as you need to and don't forget the truck has a front end too.

Thanks for the advice. I'll have my mirror all adjusted, it is so dark, I just can't see how close the curb is to my tandems. We have a corner red light on our trailers too, but they do not light a thing. I guess this is where a whole crap loud of chicken lights come in handy, although I will never see that at Schneider!

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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