Frustrated And Took A Break (going On 6 Months)

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Then I just need a patient trainer I guess instead of being made to feel bad because I can't get it 1 shot like they can. I see these youtube videos though of trainers helping their students by giving them advice on how to line up and do stuff I haven't even got anything close to that except someone hanging off the edge of my drivers side mirror going right left right no explaining. Ahh well I just need to find a company then that will hire me after having 8 months off when I go back next year.

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Then I just need a patient trainer I guess instead of being made to feel bad because I can't get it 1 shot like they can. I see these youtube videos though of trainers helping their students by giving them advice on how to line up and do stuff I haven't even got anything close to that except someone hanging off the edge of my drivers side mirror going right left right no explaining. Ahh well I just need to find a company then that will hire me after having 8 months off when I go back next year.

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Why would you feel bad? If a doctor was teaching you brain surgery, do you think he would expect you to know how to do it the first time? If your trainer really expects you to know how already, why would you need him? If all he is doing is telling you how to turn the wheel and when, then like others said, figure out where the truck is in relation to the trailer when he tells you to turn, use the landing gear in your mirrors as reference points, etc. If you just turn when he says and don't try to figure out why, you will never get it.

There really is nothing to explain beyond the basics. Turn the wheel the opposite way that you want the trailer to turn to start with, then turn the wheel the other direction to get the truck to follow the trailer. Pull into a truck stop with a lot of empty space during the day, and back up, turning and observing what the trailer does, don't wait until you are at a dock and under pressure. start with small movements, and learn to control those, then more and more until you are doing an alley dock.

Forget the drivers waiting, yelling, etc. when you are backing into a dock. Concentrate on what you are doing. What are they going to do besides wait? If it gets really bad, put the parking brakes on and tell them you'll move again when they shut up.

And why are you waiting even longer? The longer you wait, the more stale your skills, and the harder it will be to find a job.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JuiceBox's Comment
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Been out here almost a year and sometimes you'd watch me back and think I have no idea what I'm doing. Other times, I have had drivers ask me if I could back it in for them after they watched me put it in a tight spot. It's all trial and error, nobody is going to hold your hand and nobody has all the right answers for you. Just get out there and do it. Good luck to you sir

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