CFI At Crowder College

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Don's Comment
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Yes. He had to back up onto the road we came down from. Once he got the tractor-trailer back behind the stop sign, he started a buttonhook towards the right, then started turn left. We started to run out of road in front of and to the right of the tractor, but the instructor crept along and barely had enough room turn to pull ahead far enough to clear the concrete bridge edges with the tandems. I understand what he did and why. He started to laugh and said "phew" (as in, that was a pain). He then drove and gave us a sightseeing tour on our way back to Crowder. We were running late to get back. Although I got into a pickle the instructor had to get us out of, I believe I learned from it and did not hit anything. Definitely would have failed, due to impeding traffic if it were a road test.

OK. Makes sense. Do you know what he did to get out of it?

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".

PackRat's Comment
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You'll be able to do that soon too, Don. Then some day, you'll get to do it somewhere "downtown", making a right turn to get onto the only street leading to a delivery location. Oh, and they'llshocked.pngsmile.gif put the warehouse you're heading to in the middle of some town, with streets that are designed for horse and wagons, not big trucks with sleeper cabs and 53' trailers......

Turtle's Comment
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Sounds like you had some fun. You did exactly as you should have. Yes, you will run into your own situations at some point and need to find your own way out of it. But this was not one of those times.

At the least, you got a good experience out of the deal, as did your instructor.

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Keep up the good work, and keep these updates coming. Good stuff.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Don this was actually a great teaching moment...

You exercised prudence, didn't rush, and checked your ego because you knew your limits. Props!

Second focus on how your instructor got out of the situation. Button-hook...etc. As you approach any intersection quickly assess and come up with a plan on how to successfully and safely negotiate passage. This assessment and planning is really important for any close-quarter situation.

Good luck!

Big Scott's Comment
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Like others said, great job. The best place I have found to have warehouses tucked in residential areas with streets not made for trucks is Pennsylvania.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Wow! First, I hope to never do anything like that, lol. (But I probably will.) So, second, I can only hope I handle it as cool-headed as you did. And it sounds like it was a learning experience for a few things. Learning it now, without causing any damage, is priceless!

Better days ahead, brother!

Get used to the idea. You will do things like this a lot, especially in the beginning. and once you have time under your belt, it will be less nerve wracking and scary.

just stay calm, look for a place to turn around in a parking lot or stop on a really wide shoulder and use google satellite views to find a way back.

this is the kind of stuff that hapoens when people blindly follow their GPS

Great job Don for not hitting anything!

G-Town's Comment
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Like others said, great job. The best place I have found to have warehouses tucked in residential areas with streets not made for trucks is Pennsylvania.

North Jersey...?

PackRat's Comment
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Rhode Island?

G-Town's Comment
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All if the above. LOL.

Big Scott's Comment
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Part of the reason for Northeast Pay.

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