Question For The Experienced Drivers Hug The Yellow Or The White

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Jay F.'s Comment
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Ok so the first time I’m in a truck at trucking school the instructor goes hug that yellow line at all times the cars in the other lane will move. I didn’t debate or asked why I simply did as I was told. Fast forward to my training At TMC. First time in the truck and the instructor is like get over. Hug the white line. I didn’t debate or ask why. I simply did it. It took me about 10 minutes to get use to it. The instructor at TMC did grumble those damn trucking schools always teach students to do that. Now I didn’t ask why at either place because I was driving. I don’t care to talk much when driving as it’s a distraction. I don’t mind people talking to me though. I’m able to listen and process it just fine, but now that I’m home I will ask you guys. There’s obviously two trains of thought, and to a noob like me both seem to have benefits a potential pitfalls. I will always follow tmc’s rules I just wondered what the two reasons are


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Mikey B.'s Comment
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I dont know about either of those, never heard them. All I can say is "Stay in yer lane Bro"


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000's Comment
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My favorite response came from TT member but can't remember who. He said, keep your right cheek over that dark line in the middle of your lane.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Stay centered in your lane, I was taught to hug the white line as another rig passes you, so theres plenty of room to not knock mirrors or worse!!

I do this yet some these "super truckers" can't seem to stay to their left lol.......Just came down thru mountains of Utah into Idaho on I-84 lol spooked me few times when they fly by me on sharp curves !! Yikes !wtf.gifwtf.gif

Errol V.'s Comment
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As a new driver you may feel your monster truck pretty much filled out the space between the lines. It does and you'll get used to it. It's best to try to center between lines, and that good for truckers and 4-wheelers.

The idea of forcing other drivers to move, as your first instructor says, is a bad idea. Big trucks don't need to intimidate the little guys. Just do your job (driving that thing) as best & as safely at possible.

Dan67's Comment
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Learn to ride centered in your lane. I know a guy who was taught to always ride the white line. And he got fired after side swiping a jersey barrier in a construction zone. The onboard camera was constantly going off filming him riding the paint. He had muscle memory set himself up for failure. Learn to ride center and you can adjust if needed.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Schools teach you to hug the yellow because the dmv examiner can fail you for crossing either, but he can’t tell if you cross the yellow as easily as he can the white.


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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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When its windy out sometimes I hog both. smile.gif

But I was tought it school to stay in the middle of the lane unless circumstances dictate otherwise its safer for everyone that way.

G-Town's Comment
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Gosh...your instructor did you no favors for suggesting to hug yellow. Lane control is really important and must be mastered by staying between the lines, not on them.

Chief Brody's Comment
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As a I prepare for school, I have begun to really focus on my driving habits, including lane control. In my four-wheeler, I keep the tires centered directly on the darker part of the drive lane.

On a curve, I shift slightly to the outside, maybe just on the left edge of the darker part of the drive lane. I do this to account for the off-tracking of the trailer in the curve. Is this correct?

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