Backing Practice™ 21 Berry Plastics

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Errol V.'s Comment
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Backing Practice™ never went away, I just need input from other drivers. Check this one out, see how you could handle this real situation.

Gladhand sent me this one.

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Enter from Ontario Center Rd (left side). How would you get safely backed into the dock (yellow word on the dock area)?

Rather than list them here, l made a complete Backing Practice™ list in Google Docs. Here's the link. Each line is a link that will open to the correct Trucking Truth forum page. You might want to bookmark this.

Backing Practice™ Table of Contents

There's room for more backing situations!

If you have an interesting trailer backing situation, send it to me. If you search for Backing Practice™, you'll see how popular these are.

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I need:

  • The address of the place
  • Your description of the backing problem
  • Possibly a screen shot of the Google Map satellite view
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PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Rick S.'s Comment
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I'd back in FROM Ontario Center Road - and do a sight side 90* alley dock. Plenty of room to swing around there.

OR - I'd come in from the Main Street side (not shown) - there's a road that goes all the way around the back of the complex - and do a sight side dock.

OR - if I couldn't back in from Ontario - I'd come in - do a "serpentine setup", and blindside it in.

Backing in would be my first choice.

Rick

Eric G.'s Comment
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I'd come in and do a tandem Pusey to get set up for a driver side back. It looks like it has enough room to do so. Basically just get into the loading area and turn around. Then set up to ally dock if that's all the room I have. Just want to make sure it's not blind side.

One time I encountered a similar situation in training. I tried to blindside then I basically used the blindside maneuver to turn the truck around to do a driver side back.

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".

Vendingdude's Comment
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Sure looks to me like there's room to spin around and sight side it in. Look at the curvy dirt marks from trucks that hug the woods and turn around clockwise. Then go far enough out to the street to set up for a big arcing driver's side back.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Sad thing is I had forced myself to do blind side docks to get better at them for months. Now they don't bother me. I would just do the blindside, put it in the dock, then take a nap.

Pianoman's Comment
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If there's room to do this, I would do a u-turn in front of the docks to set myself up for a sight side back. Might have to work it a little to get the tandems in the right place after the u-turn but it should work great.

If there's not room for a u-turn, I'd just blindside it in.

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".

Kurt G.'s Comment
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Hmm...I agree with everyone who said u turn. I think maybe it would work better to stay left coming in and make your u turn to the right.

Is the part with the word "dock" a roof that extends out from the docks? Looks like it might be making the trailers look shorter than they really are.

Gladhand's Comment
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Hmm...I agree with everyone who said u turn. I think maybe it would work better to stay left coming in and make your u turn to the right.

Is the part with the word "dock" a roof that extends out from the docks? Looks like it might be making the trailers look shorter than they really are.

The roof comes out a bit, but not very much. It was a tight one for sure. What you see is basically what i had to work with.

MC1371's Comment
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I'm with others, (scale hard to tell on phone) Stay left, short tandem , right hand Uturn aiming to pass as close as possible to docked trailers. If not enough room, blindside. They're really not that big a deal if you have light.

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".

Errol V.'s Comment
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It's not uncommon to be "forced" to do a blind side back. Not here. There's room to make that circle. Come in from the left (Ontario Center Rd.), Head your tractor right in the open area to make a right hand/counterclockwise circle which will set you up for your favorite, a sight/left side back.

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