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Robsteeler's Comment
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Just like it says, I'm done with training and I'm back in Carlisle, PA. I take my tests tomorrow to determine if I go solo. I posted an excerpt from my last training day on Facebook. I'll copy it here to give you guys a taste of how different it is now from my terrible times trying to learn backing in school. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me along the way!

Pulled into the Home Depot in Atlanta and dropped a trailer. It was nice because there was only one truck in the way. Completely unconventional dock that wasn't suitable for either method I've been taught. Trainer says; "okay, you're a real truck driver now, I won't help with anything. You're on your own." Just after I hooked up to the other trailer, opened the doors, and slid the tandems back to dock it, three trucks pull in. Two flatbeds, and another Schneider truck. Schneider guy looks over at me, sees the trainer emblem on the truck, and you could see the "oh, here we go," look on his face! 😂 I saw I at least had lots of room in front, so I pulled way up and angled the back to where I thought the dock was. (I was blind at this angle) started to get in front of the trailer, and glanced over at the trainer. He was expressionless, so I figured I couldn't be too bad. Backed and steered and lo and behold I could see the dock door directly behind me. Thank you Jesus, I was not wanting to look like a fool in front of these drivers! Backed right up in a nice easy straight back. 🙂

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".

Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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Congratulations. Next time you're not 100% sure what is behind you or where your trailer is going, GOAL. GOALs can save your butt. Stay safe. Good luck on your upgrade. You can do it. You have come so far.

Robsteeler's Comment
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Don't get me wrong, I knew I had plenty of space, I just wasn't sure I was lined up with the dock until I got straight. I've learned my lesson with GOAL after failing twice on my test. If I would have not tried to save both of my GOALS the first time I probably would have passed!

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.

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