Tyson - Rochelle Illinois

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Exfloridagirl's Comment
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And just one more reason I'm conflicted about starting classes/training!!! I don't know if I could have done that 🙄

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Had a drop and hook yesterday myself, thankfully I didnt have to put the trailer in this spot. Had to get a spotter to pull it out.

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Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

PackRat's Comment
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That's kind of tight and low, Pete!

Lucky for you there was a yard spotter to move it.

PackRat's Comment
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And just one more reason I'm conflicted about starting classes/training!!! I don't know if I could have done that 🙄

After you get properly trained and get some experience, you'll be fine backing into most spots. It just takes lots of practice and experience.

Everyone starts off as a beginner.

Exfloridagirl's Comment
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I hope so!!! Thank you!

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And just one more reason I'm conflicted about starting classes/training!!! I don't know if I could have done that 🙄

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After you get properly trained and get some experience, you'll be fine backing into most spots. It just takes lots of practice and experience.

Everyone starts off as a beginner.

G-Town's Comment
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JYD reveals the truth...

Carl's Junior at the loves... I eat off the rollers instead of going there.

OMG...the dreaded "wheels of death". shocked.png

Rob T.'s Comment
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Jeez pete that's crazy! It sucks dealing with such tight spots but the sense of accomplishment is great

And just one more reason I'm conflicted about starting classes/training!!! I don't know if I could have done that 🙄

As it's been said repetition will help give you the confidence and ability to get into tight spots like that. The best thing to do ANYTIME you back, or feel you may hit something is G.O.A.L. (get out and look). You may hold some people up but that's their problem not yours. In the process of hitting the hole I did atleast a dozen G.O.A.L. many came when I was getting the truck jackknifed just trying to get the trailer in the hole straight I couldnt see how close I was on passenger side so rather than risk hitting it I'd get out after moving a little bit. It's better that I spent 35 minutes SAFELY getting my trailer in the slot than a few hours dealing with damage reports, drug test and meeting with safety department because I was worried about some A-hole running his mouth on the CB at my expense. That didn't happen in this instance but that's why I always turn my CB down real low when I enter a truckstop.

Many of the places you will deliver in a dry van or reefer as an OTR driver are large distribution centers that have shag/yard drivers that are employed there that back trailers in all day. Kearsey (previously Rainy) has said during her first year she would carry cash and offer to pay a shag driver to back her trailer into a spot she didnt feel confident enough for. I'd highly suggest doing a search on here for every article she has written. She's a great asset to this industry and forum helping newcomers get a real life view of life on the road. If you're concerned about sexism or sexual harassment she also has a few articles on here. She is also extremely knowledgeable about Prime specific information.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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JYD reveals the truth...

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Carl's Junior at the loves... I eat off the rollers instead of going there.

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OMG...the dreaded "wheels of death". shocked.png

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Wheels of death..... I love it got to remember that one.

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