CFI At Crowder College

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Don's Comment
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To my knowledge, they were not passing neither the backing skills or able to satisfactory drive the range on campus. They were put in an automatic, but still were not able to meet/pass the requirements to start driving out on the streets and highways.

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Don, why were the 3 students sent home?

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Hey Riot, I'm sure Don will answer this later but I wanted to throw this out there. Generally people get sent home for about four basic reasons:

1) They lied on their application.

2) They couldn't pass the physical.

3) They failed the drug test.

4) They just aren't showing any real interest in getting it done.

We'll see what Don knows about them, and I'll bet you they fall into one of those categories.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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To my knowledge, they were not passing neither the backing skills or able to satisfactory drive the range on campus. They were put in an automatic, but still were not able to meet/pass the requirements to start driving out on the streets and highways.

Oh boy! Hope this isn't my story soon...

Finally crawled in a cab today. Circling the range was nothing too hard. But tried straight back twice and the first was not pretty. Reset and got the second one fine. But the first one was uuuugggggllllly!

I think we're supposed to try road stuff tomorrow and I really hope it goes better than today.

TWIC:

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.

Don's Comment
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On straightbacking, I found that very small nudges on the steering wheel was all that was need to correct the trailer drift.

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To my knowledge, they were not passing neither the backing skills or able to satisfactory drive the range on campus. They were put in an automatic, but still were not able to meet/pass the requirements to start driving out on the streets and highways.

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Oh boy! Hope this isn't my story soon...

Finally crawled in a cab today. Circling the range was nothing too hard. But tried straight back twice and the first was not pretty. Reset and got the second one fine. But the first one was uuuugggggllllly!

I think we're supposed to try road stuff tomorrow and I really hope it goes better than today.

TWIC:

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Jeremy the best way to learn control while straightline backing is to adopt Don's suggestion and also consider something you asked about several days ago:

When straight backing, grip both hands near the bottom of the wheel, because, allegedly with your arms that close together, it's harder to float too far off in one direction or the other.

What's your opinion in this?

I actually responded to a similar inquiry on another thread (Chuck?) with the above concept. The only adjustment to your reply is face your palms down on the center, bottom part of the wheel. Make sure the steer tires are straight before proceeding in reverse.

It's not theory, it works.

Good luck!

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Thanks, guys. I'm scheduled to hit my first on the road trip in about an hour. Then I'm scheduled for the simulator to practice backing at around 4. Should proly be updating my diary thread with this, lol. So much to add there now.

I'll give these a try on the sim today and let ya know how it goes (If I survive my first road trip!)/ smile.gif

Don's Comment
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5/14/18, Day 11

This morning, we started off with our second graded road drive. The turns got a little tighter, going over railroad tracks, longer highway runs, etc. I have the habit of throttling my engine on upshifting, which is killing my score. My driving, turning, lane management, etc., are fine. I received an 87% on the drive. We then practiced some offset backing. I would say this is the skill that I need the most improvent on. Right before lunch, our instructor took us out for the third graded road drive. This one was similar to the first, but we went on more rural, narrow roads, testing our lane management. I received an 89%, my throttling on upshifting again killing my score. I know why I am doing it; I am mimicking my downshifting and revving the engine. It will click in my head soon, but right now, it's killing my score as I mentioned previously. After lunch, we practiced our offsets for testing out tomorrow. I know that I am not going to score in the high 90's on my road drives, so I'll concentrate on my clutching and shifting synchronization to try to stay away from throttling the gas when upshifting. Maybe that will help build my skills and confidence. All said, a good day.

Big Scott's Comment
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Don, you have to right attitude to succeed. You are quickly learning what you need to do to improve yourself. Keep up the good work.

Retired Army (soon)'s Comment
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Don, when you say ur reving the engine on upshifting, so ur giving it a little too much gas while you release the clutch?

Don's Comment
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Yes.

Don, when you say ur reving the engine on upshifting, so ur giving it a little too much gas while you release the clutch?

Retired Army (soon)'s Comment
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Aww ok, you will get it. Just like when we learn on a regular car manual trans.....we kill it, jerk the car and laugh about it..but it eventually smooths out.

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