Backing Up

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A-Ro's Comment
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I working on my 6months OTR experience and im having some difficulties in my backing i can get it sometimes but most times im like wtf lol but how long does u think it will tke to actually get it. Im not gne lie sometimes feels embarrassing like all eyes on u. I know it take times but omg sometimes i laugh at myself. Then others just look at u and dont attempt to help just waitin on u to hit their truck i guess

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OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Can you get routed through your company's training location and maybe have a trainer give you 15 minutes?

Maybe they can see an obvious easy fix.

A-Ro's Comment
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Can you get routed through your company's training location and maybe have a trainer give you 15 minutes?

Maybe they can see an obvious easy fix.

Probably not they dnt route u there unless maintenance or somethang serious. They sending me to NY where all those low clearances after i told them im not ready for that because east coast is like the worst place to send in a rookie to expect them to be safe and not mess up. Luckily i haven't had any accidents and any way going to NY.

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Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Logan M.'s Comment
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Honestly for me jersey is what improved my backing tremendously lol

Yes it sucks yes it's embarrassing sometimes.

But you know what rookie to rookie everyone has been where we are at some point.

If you can get in the hole without hitting anything everything is fine. You'll learn something everytime you mess up. Heck experienced drivers mess up just as much as rookies the difference is they recognize it sooner and correct so it looks like they did it great right off the bat.

And believe me a few people may laugh if you take a long time but to most you are far from their focus.

Good luck and you'll get it sooner or later!

Carl A.'s Comment
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Yes I think everybody has gone through that dreading backing all eyes on me ordeal. If you can explain on here what exactly is going on when your backing becomes a issue it will help. On this site there are some very good guys and gals that will help you through it and give ya some pointers. Remember G-O-A-L.

A-Ro's Comment
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Well ik i over steer at bit but my main problem is when i hve a space between two trucks that i need to get in. Most time i feel as if im gne hit da truck thats on my rite side or the trailer gne scrap the truck on my side. No blind side. I hope i described it so u can understand

Justin (Jakebrake)'s Comment
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I don't want to rain on your parade here but we all do It our own way and take different amounts of time to find our way of doing it best thing i can tell you is small corrections and remember only the pitiful and self righteous are laughing at you no one is born to back so just take your time and you'll get it

Mike C.'s Comment
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I working on my 6months OTR experience and im having some difficulties in my backing i can get it sometimes but most times im like wtf lol but how long does u think it will tke to actually get it. Im not gne lie sometimes feels embarrassing like all eyes on u. I know it take times but omg sometimes i laugh at myself. Then others just look at u and dont attempt to help just waitin on u to hit their truck i guess

I remember those days and in so excited cases still have them.lol Been at it 20 yrs and the advice I can give you is take your time..Get out and look behind you especially at night..Many times backing into store plaza docks such as Wal marts ..Lowe's. .places like that I got out to see the surroundings. .Your not alone took me awhile yr or so to get fully confident in my self. .Some places that are busy out side with intersecting car traffic behind plazas will send a person out to hold up traffic however the majority of them will not. I remember a case where a cop had come to direct traffic cause I had to back blind side across a busy street at an intersection. .I had traffic all backed up cause I was taking so long and someone had called the police. He stopped traffic for me and I got in..He told me happens all the time here..I thanked him and that was that..Good Luck

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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I'm just going to chime in here to say that I've been driving for swift for about 9 months now. Backing is still a p.i.t.a.

Every time I need to back up, I still take it as a chance to practice and improve. You list yourself as a rookie team driver. So, you should have somebody to spot for you as you back up. At any rate, it's a matter of practice each time. Good luck!

Chris the stick slinger's Comment
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Concentrate on your setups. Once you can get that the same every time it gets MUCH easier. Most common mistake I do and see is setting up too far away from your spot. Which doesn't leave you enough room to swing your truck back inline with your trailer.

Don't worry about the people watching you, they're just a distraction. GOAL, take YOUR time.

While fueling, watched a guy get hemmed up Tuesday. Two drivers were trying to help him get into the spot all the while some rectal hole behind them is laying on his air horn. Point being, there are both kinds of drivers in the lots.

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