My Training So Far. ...

Topic 23173 | Page 2

Page 2 of 3 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:
Joseph L.'s Comment
member avatar

Sandy, don't stress about the manual. Automatic and manual transmissions both allow a tractor trailers to go in one of four directions, forward, backwards, left or right. The only draw back is if you train in automatic you'll have a restriction on your license which means "some" jobs won't be open to you. However considering a lot of companies are going automatic and there always seem to be a huge driver shortage

Kim T.'s Comment
member avatar

Way to go Sandy!!!

S's Comment
member avatar

Well school is almost over ...Wait What??? yep you read right my time is almost over. 160 hours (4 weeks) ???? embarrassed.gif Today was backing practice again and I didnt have the nervousness like before as bad , so I climb in that truck and do it , got all 3 maneuvers. I was so excited when I did the alley dock and got out to look ,I started jumping up and down I had it right on! could I do it again...well No lol but my instructor said it was the adrenaline rush to take a break and Breath and then keep practicing. So next week more practice and then test. Felt good to get that right and get more of the feel of positioning that trailer. I started doubting myself and really let that creep in my mind , I know I have to stay focused.

Joseph L.'s Comment
member avatar

Well school is almost over ...Wait What??? yep you read right my time is almost over. 160 hours (4 weeks) ???? embarrassed.gif Today was backing practice again and I didnt have the nervousness like before as bad , so I climb in that truck and do it , got all 3 maneuvers. I was so excited when I did the alley dock and got out to look ,I started jumping up and down I had it right on! could I do it again...well No lol but my instructor said it was the adrenaline rush to take a break and Breath and then keep practicing. So next week more practice and then test. Felt good to get that right and get more of the feel of positioning that trailer. I started doubting myself and really let that creep in my mind , I know I have to stay focused.

Absolutely no negative thinking. Practice, practice, practice and you will do just fine.

Kim T.'s Comment
member avatar

Way to go Sandy! I laughed out loud when I read your reaction to doing the alley dock...good thing I wasn’t in class. LOL

I am so excited for you!

S's Comment
member avatar

Thank you Joseph! Yes Kim it was definitely a sight lolrofl-1.gifrofl-2.gifrofl-3.gifthank-you.gif

Joseph L.'s Comment
member avatar

Practice, practice, practice. When you screw up, get mad and then laugh at your self and start over. No matter don't give up

S's Comment
member avatar

Not giving up!! Today class was canceled... truck broke down and had to be checked out. So those of us in the automatic was outta luck with backing practice or any road test. So we start over tomorrow smile.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Joseph L.'s Comment
member avatar

The 90 degree alley dock is something I can going to have to learn on the road. At CR.England alot instructors pearch about how important it is for students to know to parallel park a tractor trailer. However when we spoke with the testor's all them would tell us that parallel parking a tractor trailer is the stupidest thing you could attempt to do in the really world. A student asked about doing the 90 degree alley dock, student was an experience driver but let his license lapse We had him tell us about the 90 degree alley dock and we asked the instructor why we weren't being taught that? The answer the D.O.T thought it would be more beneficial for us to know how to parallel park something after school 99.99% of students will never do.

Old School's Comment
member avatar

Parallel parking, or any other backing maneuver teach you how to control and manipulate that monstrous vehicle in reverse. In CDL schools you will usually get some silly formula like "turn all the way to the right until you see the center of the landing gear, then stop and turn..." They basically teach you to get it in the box so that you can pass the test. That sort of teaching leaves you feeling useless and frustrated once you're out here running solo. Everyone will learn to back a truck on their own out here. There will be a lot of times you need to understand the principals of the parallel parking maneuvers. You may not be literally parallel parking, but just moving your truck over to the next loading dock is basically that maneuver.

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.
Page 2 of 3 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More