What Was Hardest For You To Get Used To?

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Michael B.'s Comment
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My question is what was the hardest thing for you to get used to, to learn or get accustomed to when you started driving and how long before you felt you were good with it? I was thinking about that today when I was changing lanes after passing a Prime truck (made me chuckle a little). For me the hardest thing was getting comfortable knowing where the end of my trailer was when merging in or changing lanes after passing. I would say it took me a good month to feel comfortable with that. I found it really hard day or night to properly judge the distance from the mirrors. Sometimes I was kinda sweating it so I gave it plenty of room. Now I find it funny that it was such a big deal.

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PackRat's Comment
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Hardest thing for me now is judging the speed of oncoming traffic at night. Example is turning at an intersection, or off an exit at the bottom of the ramp. I'm extra cautious.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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The MOST challenging thing for me was BACKING. Whenever I had a delay, I practiced backing. Set ups, reference points. And I got pretty confident at it because: I practiced in low pressure situations. Meaning: Nobody watching. Worked wonders for me.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Hardest thing for me now is judging the speed of oncoming traffic at night. Example is turning at an intersection, or off an exit at the bottom of the ramp. I'm extra cautious.

Even though I prefer driving at night it is hard to judge distances sometimes. I have the most difficulty judging how far away traffic lights are on country roads. Often it looks like I'm a lot closer to a light than I actually am and I start slowing down way too soon.

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I find it challenging sometimes getting out of my parking space at a truck stop. A lot of times it looks like I wont be able to turn out without my trailer hitting the front of the truck next to me. I take it real slow and adjust my mirrors so I can see the back of my trailer. It still makes me nervous.

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JuiceBox's Comment
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The single most thing I struggled with was being held back from maximizing my clock and earning as much money as i could. Sure sure the backing and trip planning and all that but really, when i can deliver a day or two early and I'm told no, that would seriously **** me off. I understood why it was that way but it still ****ed me off.

Now I load and unload my freight with no appointment times and I chose my loads in the southeast. Some don't like predictability, but I do. I can plan my week and money/hometime before I even head out monday morning.

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Susan D. 's Comment
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The toughest thing for me was backing and being able to find legal parking, especially near metropolitan areas where truck stops tend to fill very rapidly.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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In the beginning I was terrified at the thought of backing into a tight dock. Now I don’t sweat it too much.

As far as getting used to something? Holding the accelerator to the floor downhill. Seems insane. But as my trainer said, if there is no speed limit sign telling you to slow down, it is rated for the current speed limit.

The thing I have the most trouble with is night driving. After 2-3 hours, my vision starts to go blurry.

Minnis B.'s Comment
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After being in a tractor trailer for 6 months or so now I still have trouble at times judging distance behind me through my mirrors when backing up. Especially when I'm backing up against another truck or fixed object. If I have something on the ground to reference I'm fine though. It's getting easier but still annoying.

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