Slowly But Surely

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Alexander D.'s Comment
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Well finally got into Truckers school got my cdl permit to drive passing three tests and now I'm in the yard backing up a rig. I'm finding it hard to keep that rig straight though it looks so dang easy. I've already parrarell parked and off set parked and backed up once or twice all the way back between the lines but sometimes it's a complete cluster star out there and I'm all jammed up - I get discouraged a bit but remain positive. Anyone find backing up tricky? Is it just repetition and practice ?


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Old School's Comment
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Anyone find backing up tricky?

Alexander, welcome to the forum!

You literally had me chuckling with that question! Backing a truck is discussed often in here, and the reason is that it is tricky. When you said this, you accidentally answered your own questions without even realizing it...

but sometimes it's a complete cluster star out there and I'm all jammed up

You are making the same mistake that almost all newbies make when backing - you are over steering. Try making smaller adjustments at the wheel, and let the truck roll about eight feet before trying to adjust again. It takes that much distance just for the trailer to react to what you are doing at the wheel. Most folks think that trailer should be reacting quicker so they just keep on turning the wheel in hopes that the trailer will respond more quickly. The end result is that you get yourself all pretzeled up in no time at all. Any time you see a professional backing a truck you will notice that it appears they are barely turning the wheel at all. When you watch a rookie driver they are giving it all they've got at the steering wheel and not getting good results either.

A while back, Brett wrote a Comical Article About Backing a big rig. You should check it out, it just may help you laugh at yourself a little bit.

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