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Amanda .'s Comment
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Sorry I haven't been on here as much since I stated trucking my truck had been rolling 24/7 it seems since I hit that 50 hr mark. Some. How we got stuck on a dedicated run going all up n down cali. ( honestly I'm so sick of cali I want to drive to other states ) but my mentor has taught me a lot on this dedicated. Good thing about it is there never a rush to get the load on time. And gives me some time to practice my backings. (Which I really need to get down cause right now I am taking way too long to back. Some days I get it fast, other days I'm just horrible.) When I first stated we went to Oregon, Washington, Texas, Arizona. .... that was awesome. Can't wait to get back out there. I run my hours down to the last 15 to 30 min. A Day. By the time I'm done driving I am ready for a good stretch and then bed.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Glad to hear from ya and glad things are going good for ya. A lot of trainers don't give their students much in the way of backing practice so it's good you're getting that. It's also good you're running hard like that.

How much time do you have left before going solo?

Amanda .'s Comment
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I'm at 180 or of 240 hrs. Then I go test out and get with my teammate.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Awesome! Not much longer at all!

Starcar's Comment
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Amanda, I'm so glad to hear you are out there enjoying yourself !!! And the backing comes with time...just remember to GOAL. Don't get lazy, or it will cost somebody a fender... Learn Learn Learn... Stay safe....and Enjoy Your Adnventure !!!!

David's Comment
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Hi Amanda,

backing comes as it was said with practice.... When I was over the road learning with my trainer, I made sure to back as much as I could... I still have a hard time with blind side backing, though I use a day cab now with a window in the back so i can cheat by looking out of it but I still find it hard at times... Never rush with a back up.. Take your time, go slow, and as Star said, G.O.A.L.. Don't worry about other drivers waiting or being impatient, they will get over it. We all started out the same way..

Over The Road:

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Along with G.O.A.L., use your BEST judgement, to determine whether or NOT you have the space to complete the backing. It does no good to just Get Out And Look, if you get back in and back into a fender.


Amanda .'s Comment
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Hey all Thank you .... I do my goals.

Amanda .'s Comment
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Sorry for such a short reply .... I've been very busy I'm so tired after I'm done driving I hardly pick up my phone at the end of the night. My backing issues is in making to wide of turns I do my goals though. Thank you all for the advice though I do appreciate it. How everyone had good holiday. ( I don't celebrate but my mentor does so I was hm for Thanksgiving I spent it with my boyfriend ķ who also celebrates .) I'm done on Sunday with my mentor I test out Monday.

Then I go on my team mates truck.

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