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Deke's Comment
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Hello all, just a quick update on my progress, but more a big thank you to this site and all of the folks here that are so committed to helping us newbies!!

I have two drives left at school and I test next Friday. I haven’t posted really anything about my experience at school to this point because it has been exactly what I had expected from reading all of the previous training threads. If you put forth the effort, study and listen to the instructors, you will get through it.

I will check back in next Friday to let you all know the results....

I am scheduled to attend orientation with McElroy starting Jan 8th. So if anyone else is headed to Cuba for that class, let me know!!!

But again, just a huge thank you to ALL of you guys and gals for sharing such a wealth of experience, knowledge, and expertise....It has all been hugely beneficial and incredibly accurate!!

John P.'s Comment
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Good luck an if you go panic only slow panic. smile.gif

Hello all, just a quick update on my progress, but more a big thank you to this site and all of the folks here that are so committed to helping us newbies!!

I have two drives left at school and I test next Friday. I haven’t posted really anything about my experience at school to this point because it has been exactly what I had expected from reading all of the previous training threads. If you put forth the effort, study and listen to the instructors, you will get through it.

I will check back in next Friday to let you all know the results....

I am scheduled to attend orientation with McElroy starting Jan 8th. So if anyone else is headed to Cuba for that class, let me know!!!

But again, just a huge thank you to ALL of you guys and gals for sharing such a wealth of experience, knowledge, and expertise....It has all been hugely beneficial and incredibly accurate!!

Deke's Comment
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Well, disappointed to report that I failed my drive. Pre-trip was good, backing was good, but I hit a curb on my drive. Automatic fail.......it was going good right up until the point it didn’t.

I am waiting for the school to set up my re-test. Hopefully I will get it done before Christmas.

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PackRat's Comment
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I know you're crushed. Don't be! Everyone messes up, and the next time you'll ace it!smile.gif

Deke's Comment
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Thanks PackRat, yeah, I was pretty bummed to say the least. It was a pretty nasty little turn. Guy before me failed at the same spot for the same thing. No excuses though, I screwed up.......I’m eager to try again.

MyNameGoesHere's Comment
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Try not to over think it.and worry too much. Learn from it and you'll do great.

G-Town's Comment
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Right hand turns through a busy intersection...yes indeed. Backing although difficult to learn and master is far less risky than "hanging-your-tail" through traffic sprinkled with impatient, distracted 4-wheelers. There are no clever tricks to learning this, you'll learn through repetition and practice that you are in actuality driving the trailer. It's a paradigm shift we have all dealt with.

Watch your wagon. smile.gif

Deke's Comment
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Yes G-town, it was a right at a busy intersection with a traffic median and curb on the left hand side that forced you into the turn earlier than you would want. I went as high in the turn as I dared, for fear of curbing on the drivers side and I caught the passenger side curb with the trailer......it is an intersection/turn that definitely wasn’t designed with trucks in mind....lol

Splitter's Comment
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Were you able to watch the other students after you? If so, were you able to see how to handle that turn more appropriately? Can you visualize where you misjudged it & where to correctly turn in order to avoid making the same mistake on your next try? Not poking holes or judging you at all. Just how I would strategize in my head in order to overcome that setback. Good luck on the next try but like everyone said, don't be hard on yourself. We are our worst critics! God bless!

Deke's Comment
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Hi Reyn, no I really wasn’t able to watch anyone else. I have a game plan for the next time if I get that route. I will need to essentially slide left as soon as I can once the curb on the drivers side is cleared. I think I held my lane too long.....If I get the same route this next time I may even finish my turn in the center lane instead of the right....I might lose a couple points for that, but it’s better than the automatic fail of hitting a curb.....

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