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Old School's Comment
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The only thing I can advise you at this point is to realize that they are only teaching you a method that will get you through your driving test. That is simply the way that driving schools teach backing. They are only giving you a basic formula that will help you get it parked in a sufficient way to pass the test.

Out here in the real world you will learn to "read your trailer's path" as you back it into a spot. Learning to back a trailer is a lengthy process that will take time. It is something that may take you a year or two to get good at. For now just try to follow their instructions, but realize what they are teaching you is going right out the window when you start driving. For one thing, when you get your first job you will more than likely be pulling a 53 foot trailer. That in itself is a completely different beast from the 28 footer that you are learning with. Those short trailers react a lot quicker than the 53 footers do. Be patient and don't be too hard on yourself. It will come, but it won't come overnight.

Here's an article that you might enjoy reading about the backing range at truck driving school.

Backing At School

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jared H.'s Comment
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Thanks Old School! Appreciate you taking the time!

Old School's Comment
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One more thing Jared. With those 28 foot trailers you are probably going to over steer real easily. Additionally that is a major issue that most of us have as rookie drivers. We just tend to over steer when going backwards. Try making smaller adjustment to the wheel when correcting yourself.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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As said, the longer the trailer, the easier to back it up.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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My only 'tip of the trade' is wait for the seasoned vets to stop in, and reply!! LoL.. I'm happy for you, though .. of course. Excellent progress, in my eyes.

Hubby said the 28' trailer is almost 'hyper reactive' .. wherefore it exaggerates & exacerbates .... everything you mean for it to do; so that's no help at all... sorry! Your 'benchmarking' does sound good, though.

Pretrip.. aced it. 85 is an A in Ohio! Did you use Daniel B's pdf's ?

I am happy as heck for you, man. I'm just here reading, and for 'moral support,' always tho!

~ Anne ~

Jared H.'s Comment
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Hi Anne!

Thanks so much for following and sharing. I'm about to start my 3rd week of school. Half way through the 4 weeks! I have a test date between March 2-4th πŸ˜…

Pre-trip I’m studying in sections. Right now from in-cab to couplings I’m about 95% perfect. Working on 5th wheel and the rest now. Whole thing is stressing me out - I may or may not struggle with perfectionism a bit πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I’m not a mechanical person so what I’m doing is learning what each part does and it’s helping me to understand and make sense-

For example I have this little self-talk process in doing: exhaust

Well Jared- with your exhaust you want it securely mounted, operating properly right? And not damaged with severe dents because that can lead to a crack and eventually a hole. Also you want everything tightly connected with no lose or missing clamps.

I’m doing this with every single piece of this tractor and trailer and it’s helping me understand and memorize the script. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

Probably complicating things but it’s sticking - and driving my wife nuts - πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

My only 'tip of the trade' is wait for the seasoned vets to stop in, and reply!! LoL.. I'm happy for you, though .. of course. Excellent progress, in my eyes.

Hubby said the 28' trailer is almost 'hyper reactive' .. wherefore it exaggerates & exacerbates .... everything you mean for it to do; so that's no help at all... sorry! Your 'benchmarking' does sound good, though.

Pretrip.. aced it. 85 is an A in Ohio! Did you use Daniel B's pdf's ?

I am happy as heck for you, man. I'm just here reading, and for 'moral support,' always tho!

~ Anne ~

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi Anne!

Thanks so much for following and sharing. I'm about to start my 3rd week of school. Half way through the 4 weeks! I have a test date between March 2-4th πŸ˜…

Pre-trip I’m studying in sections. Right now from in-cab to couplings I’m about 95% perfect. Working on 5th wheel and the rest now. Whole thing is stressing me out - I may or may not struggle with perfectionism a bit πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I’m not a mechanical person so what I’m doing is learning what each part does and it’s helping me to understand and make sense-

For example I have this little self-talk process in doing: exhaust

Well Jared- with your exhaust you want it securely mounted, operating properly right? And not damaged with severe dents because that can lead to a crack and eventually a hole. Also you want everything tightly connected with no lose or missing clamps.

I’m doing this with every single piece of this tractor and trailer and it’s helping me understand and memorize the script. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

Probably complicating things but it’s sticking - and driving my wife nuts - πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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My only 'tip of the trade' is wait for the seasoned vets to stop in, and reply!! LoL.. I'm happy for you, though .. of course. Excellent progress, in my eyes.

Hubby said the 28' trailer is almost 'hyper reactive' .. wherefore it exaggerates & exacerbates .... everything you mean for it to do; so that's no help at all... sorry! Your 'benchmarking' does sound good, though.

Pretrip.. aced it. 85 is an A in Ohio! Did you use Daniel B's pdf's ?

I am happy as heck for you, man. I'm just here reading, and for 'moral support,' always tho!

~ Anne ~

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Driving the wife nuts is all OF it, good sir, haha!

Hope all is still well w/you!!!!

~ Anne ~

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jared H.'s Comment
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Hey everybody!

Week 3 Day 3 is almost doneβ€” sorry for the delay just been heads down learning. You all know how it is-

Things are going great. Backing is doing well. Started 90 backs yesterday and I literally got in our yard truck and backed for 5 hours- straight, offset to right and 90 backs over and over. Needless to say the shoulder a little stiff. πŸ˜…πŸ€£

No one else wanted to back so I took over the tuck hahaha.

Pre-trip is doing well. I’m about 90% finished with memorization. My test date is between March 2-4. The time is flying by and I’m having a blast!

PackRat's Comment
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Fantastic update!

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Jared H.'s Comment
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Thank you!

Fantastic update!

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