New Driver Anxiety

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Victoria's Comment
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Hello ladies, I’m sure you all have seen this many many times but I’m gonna go ahead and ask it again: how do you all cope with new driver anxiety? I have support from so many people but I get so nervous sometimes that it stresses me out. I could really use a confidence booster here because I really do want a successful trucking career.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PackRat's Comment
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What is making you specifically nervous?

Victoria's Comment
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What is making you specifically nervous?

A little bit of everything so far. The traffic picking up, getting cut off, or the lanes being too narrow. Im afraid of skidding and having a rear swing out and not being able to control the skid. I run doubles to St.Louis from Chicago and yesterday they didn't have anything for me to take back from St.Louis so I had to bobtail with a dolly and it snowed a bit so I started losing traction going uphill and there were accidents pretty much every couple miles with 1 lane blocked off so people were trying to merge frantically in front of me. I had to pull over to a rest area and switch seats with my trainer because I had a panic attack thinking I was going to stall uphill while skidding with all the people stressing me out.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

PackRat's Comment
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The simplest answer is that everything you're experiencing is going to be new and different because you ARE new and inexperienced. First day at school; first day at a new job; first time in front of the class giving a book report....everyone gets nervous because of the unknown.

For now, just treat it as one day at a time, and each experience within that day as a new and unknown thing. Nobody started off as the expert or the pro on day one, month one, or year one. It's just going to take time.

Don't hit anything, watch your following distance, take your time, don't be afraid to ask questions. You are starting at the same point every driver of one year, or fifty years driving started: At The Beginning.

I have a strip of paper from a fortune cookie on my truck. I got this from a restaurant on the day I was assigned my first truck. It reads, " Winning starts with beginning."

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Victoria's Comment
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Thank you so much I needed this. I'm sure the first year is always the hardest I just have to hang on tight. Being a woman especially makes it a little tougher because I almost feel the need to prove myself to the men I work with and show them I'm not an idiot. Thank you so much though I really appreciate the uplifting words

The simplest answer is that everything you're experiencing is going to be new and different because you ARE new and inexperienced. First day at school; first day at a new job; first time in front of the class giving a book report....everyone gets nervous because of the unknown.

For now, just treat it as one day at a time, and each experience within that day as a new and unknown thing. Nobody started off as the expert or the pro on day one, month one, or year one. It's just going to take time.

Don't hit anything, watch your following distance, take your time, don't be afraid to ask questions. You are starting at the same point every driver of one year, or fifty years driving started: At The Beginning.

I have a strip of paper from a fortune cookie on my truck. I got this from a restaurant on the day I was assigned my first truck. It reads, " Winning starts with beginning."

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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