Help! I’m The Worst In My Class At The Reverse Lane Change!

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Just an update. I got the offset pretty good and moved on to alley dock. It may take me five pull ups, but I’m getting it every time, lol!

Awesome! Hey, even with 5 pull ups you'd still pass!

Robsteeler's Comment
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Yep. Two are free, so only three points. I don’t need perfection. I need my cdl!

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Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
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Robsteeler's Comment
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Today, we did a scored dress rehearsal for our cdl maneuvers test with the nice trucks. I got straight line, offset to the right, and alley dock. I ended up with six points on the skills test. Now if only I can do that on Monday when I test for real!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Big Scott's Comment
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Of course you can do it on Monday. Out here pull up are your friends. I can't tell you how many I did getting into my parking spot last night.

G-Town's Comment
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Think positive Rob.

The only difference between the test and practice is the score. Just you and the truck.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I embedded the video Diver Driver mentioned back in his original post about it and I'll put it here too:

Don's Comment
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Out here pull up are your friends

I learned that and took full advantage of it during my offset portion of the backing skills. Nerves got me in a jacknife, but I pulled up over to the left, then did a mini- straightback. Tester stated, "it was a little unorthadox, but you didn't get any points."

Of course you can do it on Monday. Out here pull up are your friends. I can't tell you how many I did getting into my parking spot last night.

Robsteeler's Comment
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Yesterday at 6:30 pm at the end of the day, we got our certificates and we’re done. I’m testing at 11:30 Monday morning. I’m still concerned about maneuvering because I was not able to do it as many times as I wanted. Trainco was great, but me personally it was very difficult with the range trucks because of the spring clutches. The last day I was VERY limited because I was turning with one hand and holding my clutch leg down with the other hand. I spent much of the day watching. I won’t have a problem clutching on Monday with the test truck with the hydraulic clutch, hopefully using two hands to steer makes me better! 😂

Robsteeler's Comment
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Well...I failed maneuvers. I did straight line, and offset to the right with zero points. Thought I had the alley dock, but I just had a cascade of failures. I tried to pull right because I thought I had more room. I misunderstood where the front boundary was. I thought it was the far one, but it was the line twelve feet closer. I also thought it was points to cross the front boundary, because I got caught in there and I wanted to start over. Unfortunately, I thought I was not allowed to go over it to restart, so I just kept going back and forth in the tiny amount of space I had with no results. Needless to say, after fifteen pull ups it was over. It was completely idiotic, but I feel alright today. Drove the 550 miles home right after and slept in my own bed with my wife. So I feel human again today. Next week I’ll try again.

Old School's Comment
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You'll get it. I'm confident of that.

Sit still and imagine doing that maneuver in your mind. Go through all the steps in your imagination, executing it perfectly each time. That may sound crazy but it will help you when you're actually out there feeling the pressure.

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