How To Ensure To Be “LATE” At The Alley Dock?

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ROBERTO P.'s Comment
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Hello everyone, I got a question, this is for the alley dock , 90 degree backing test to get the CDL -A license.

I am learning how to do the 90 degree backing alley dock test

And the intructor told us that after to make your first right, you back and stop at the middle of the “K” at the bottom of the landing gear., then you start backing up to your cones... well the question is, at this point, what would happen if we dont stop at the “middle” of the bottom of the “K”, intstrad, we stop a little to the right of the “K”, or a little to to the left of the “K”... which one ofthese positions are best suited to ensure that the trailer will be always “late”?... (so we can make a hard right clise to the drivers side cone, the the subsequent left to put the trauck behind the trailer?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Old School's Comment
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Roberto, welcome to our forum!

Your instructor is giving you some basic outline or steps that will enable you to pass the test - that's it. Don't try to analyze it or overthink it. For now just try to follow directions and get past the test.

Once you get out on your own you'll develop your own methods and practices. I never even think about looking at my landing gear when backing. All that is for is a reference point to help you do what's required for your test.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Roberto, welcome to our forum!

Your instructor is giving you some basic outline or steps that will enable you to pass the test - that's it. Don't try to analyze it or overthink it. For now just try to follow directions and get past the test.

Once you get out on your own you'll develop your own methods and practices. I never even think about looking at my landing gear when backing. All that is for is a reference point to help you do what's required for your test.

Yep. After you get your CDL , your company will teach you what you need. The landing gear will likely never enter into a backing situation again.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
ROBERTO P.'s Comment
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Roberto, welcome to our forum!

Your instructor is giving you some basic outline or steps that will enable you to pass the test - that's it. Don't try to analyze it or overthink it. For now just try to follow directions and get past the test.

Once you get out on your own you'll develop your own methods and practices. I never even think about looking at my landing gear when backing. All that is for is a reference point to help you do what's required for your test.

Thanks guys, I see the whole pucture now

Errol V.'s Comment
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Roberto, the thing about the landing gear "K" is that it's a landmark to get you started in that trailer bend. Your question about "late" is the most important question in that maneuver.

It's way too easy to get "early" and feed your tandems that inside cone. It's much harder to open the turn up and get "later". Make your first objective to be an imaginary spot about 10 feet out from the box. Since it's harder to open up your turn to be later, just go later first. Then when you see the moment, a twist of the wrist to the right only for a little bit will get you into the spot.

The alley dock you do for your skills test is the only time you have to sweat out a turn that way. But a bending back into a target spot, between trailers, or a dock door is one of the most common things you'll have to do at a warehouse. But in the real world you can do as many pull ups and GOALS as you want!

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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