Parking Lot Incidents,no Ticket?

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Sorry for the issues... I will let the Pros here help with that. But as a Noob... looking / hoping to go solo soon, I am constantly looking for "alternative" parking spots. In the last 2 weeks with an OTR trainer we spent the night in a Meijr DC "bull pen" - minutes from full Loves and, probably TA, Pilot and more. Showered and ate in the morning while trailer was pending repair. Easy in/out, lots of space, porta-porty and dumpster. Noted full, nearly full and nearly empty rest areas and scale houses.

Think outside the [ ] !


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LAnn's Comment
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Kirsey that's good advice! Since that happened I will be diligent to call Safety when another driver accused me. It was my "attitude" the young driver said that made him call my company. When I asked him what that meant he said it was like I ignored him .... I told him if I could say I was possibly guilty I would have called my company. Lesson I learned; If accused anyway... Thanks everybody who responded. Also, I no longer remain parking in these places unless having to do laundry and shower, then I leave for Rest areas where backing is limited. Our company policy was and now is ..."avoid backing up at all costs unless you have to.." Now I know why. Also, some drivers told me some take bribes, ...unless your attitude is a payoff, I'm going to call your company! Huh?!?! I'm new so I didn't realize desperate drivers will do unscrupulous things. Thanks to ALL, and a Merry Christmas!

G-Town's Comment
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An interesting policy...

Our company policy was and now is ..."avoid backing up at all costs unless you have to.."

I have never heard of a policy like this. What company?

Backing is a necessary part of the job, a developed skill that can only be mastered after hundreds of repetitions. Avoiding it will only prolong risk, inefficiency, and stress.

Many of us are required to back into tight spaces numerous times per day, an important part of top performance for many dedicated and private fleet jobs.

PackRat's Comment
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Probably left out one word: Unnecessary.

"Avoid all unnecessary backing as much as possible," I would bet.

G-Town's Comment
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Probably left out one word: Unnecessary.

"Avoid all unnecessary backing as much as possible," I would bet.

That certainly changes the context. Hopefully LAnn will confirm this.

LAnn's Comment
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Yes, we all have to do backing but I've never had issues with that procedure cuz I'm hyper careful, always GOAL and many drivers around me become helpers knowing and seeing I'm a I don't reject help and wisdom from these seasoned drivers but they've shared sooo much in hints and methodologies individually. That's when I could see there was NO way I was even near the guy who "claimed" I backed into him, as I had about 200 feet in front of me to straighten my T/T out! A driver walking his dog came up to me later saying he watched me get parallel to the curb and he shared the payoff plan with me, but....he saw my innocence and it was after Sheriff left. You could have knocked me over with a feather that day even imagining I could/ would have needed to even get near him. It's a lesson that cost me big time. The kid stuttered badly and said he'd just gotten his CDL , and parked there 4+ days in same spot said alot to me. Felt sorry for him.


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