Just Failed Offset Backing Manuever...help

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Dollie G.'s Comment
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Hi everyone, My name is Dollie, I'm 55 and have spent my life in business management but recently decided to change careers and become a trucker. I'm wondering if anyone has any tips to help me with backing maneuvers? I just completed a 4 week cdl school and took my skills test today. Backing has been a struggle for me as I have never even pulled any type of trailer before much less back one. The alley dock was what I was afraid of getting as I thought I had the offset and parrallels down but instead I failed my offset so I'm feeling pretty poorly right now. I know the setup but did something wrong cause I went into the lane too crooked. I tried pullups but never could get it to straighten out enough. Any help would be appreciated. I retest in 2 days. Thanks !!!

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.
Rhino's Comment
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Here’s what I was taught and at the end of it your lines up and all u have to do is back straight into the lane. So if your in the right lane pull up as far as u can. Now turn wheel all the way to right back up till your right side landing gear post is lined up with your back tires. Now turn all the way to the left and repeat it and do same exact but with left side landing gear and then once your done straighten up and back in.

Hi everyone, My name is Dollie, I'm 55 and have spent my life in business management but recently decided to change careers and become a trucker. I'm wondering if anyone has any tips to help me with backing maneuvers? I just completed a 4 week cdl school and took my skills test today. Backing has been a struggle for me as I have never even pulled any type of trailer before much less back one. The alley dock was what I was afraid of getting as I thought I had the offset and parrallels down but instead I failed my offset so I'm feeling pretty poorly right now. I know the setup but did something wrong cause I went into the lane too crooked. I tried pullups but never could get it to straighten out enough. Any help would be appreciated. I retest in 2 days. Thanks !!!

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi, Dollie & welcome to Trucking Truth~!!

On the main screen (where you found the General Discussion tab for the forum) the 4th blue tab down, is 'Topics by Tags.' If you type in Tips for Backing, you'd find a wealth of information, as this subject comes up often! ANY subjects you may question can be found that way.

Here's a link:

Tips for Backing by Tags

Also, our own moderator, Kearsey, has MANY videos on backing and ALL things trucking. Bonus, it's from a woman's point of view, too!

Truckin' Along with Kearsey

Hopefully Old School will drop in this thread, he's got SO MANY educational posts, threads, and blogs on here; you can look him up on the 5th tab down....

Comments by Members

Lastly, search posts by our own Errol V. ~ He's a trainer for a school, and has MANY Backing Practice (TM) threads!!!

Hope this helps; again, welcome & best wishes!

~ Anne ~

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Turtle's Comment
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Hi Dollie, the backing maneuvers can be tough, especially in a testing situation.

If you look here, I give a pictorial demonstration of the offset. It may not always work in a real world situation, but it'll hopefully get you through the examination. Of course it helps to have lots of practice first. Good luck!

Dollie G.'s Comment
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Thanks Rhino, I will try it tomorrow.

Here’s what I was taught and at the end of it your lines up and all u have to do is back straight into the lane. So if your in the right lane pull up as far as u can. Now turn wheel all the way to right back up till your right side landing gear post is lined up with your back tires. Now turn all the way to the left and repeat it and do same exact but with left side landing gear and then once your done straighten up and back in.

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Hi everyone, My name is Dollie, I'm 55 and have spent my life in business management but recently decided to change careers and become a trucker. I'm wondering if anyone has any tips to help me with backing maneuvers? I just completed a 4 week cdl school and took my skills test today. Backing has been a struggle for me as I have never even pulled any type of trailer before much less back one. The alley dock was what I was afraid of getting as I thought I had the offset and parrallels down but instead I failed my offset so I'm feeling pretty poorly right now. I know the setup but did something wrong cause I went into the lane too crooked. I tried pullups but never could get it to straighten out enough. Any help would be appreciated. I retest in 2 days. Thanks !!!

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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.
Tammy A.'s Comment
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Sorry cant answer your question but I have a question. Your training was only 4 weeks? Im going for my training in a couple weeks and its 4 months. How can a tractor training school train you to drive a big rig in 4 weeks. Do you think that was enough training for you?

Hi everyone, My name is Dollie, I'm 55 and have spent my life in business management but recently decided to change careers and become a trucker. I'm wondering if anyone has any tips to help me with backing maneuvers? I just completed a 4 week cdl school and took my skills test today. Backing has been a struggle for me as I have never even pulled any type of trailer before much less back one. The alley dock was what I was afraid of getting as I thought I had the offset and parrallels down but instead I failed my offset so I'm feeling pretty poorly right now. I know the setup but did something wrong cause I went into the lane too crooked. I tried pullups but never could get it to straighten out enough. Any help would be appreciated. I retest in 2 days. Thanks !!!

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.
Rhino's Comment
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Thanks Rhino, I will try it tomorrow.

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Here’s what I was taught and at the end of it your lines up and all u have to do is back straight into the lane. So if your in the right lane pull up as far as u can. Now turn wheel all the way to right back up till your right side landing gear post is lined up with your back tires. Now turn all the way to the left and repeat it and do same exact but with left side landing gear and then once your done straighten up and back in.

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Hi everyone, My name is Dollie, I'm 55 and have spent my life in business management but recently decided to change careers and become a trucker. I'm wondering if anyone has any tips to help me with backing maneuvers? I just completed a 4 week cdl school and took my skills test today. Backing has been a struggle for me as I have never even pulled any type of trailer before much less back one. The alley dock was what I was afraid of getting as I thought I had the offset and parrallels down but instead I failed my offset so I'm feeling pretty poorly right now. I know the setup but did something wrong cause I went into the lane too crooked. I tried pullups but never could get it to straighten out enough. Any help would be appreciated. I retest in 2 days. Thanks !!!

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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.
Nathan S.'s Comment
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I'm in a CDL trucking school that is only 12 days of class time!!! So 4 weeks is forever!! lol

Sorry cant answer your question but I have a question. Your training was only 4 weeks? Im going for my training in a couple weeks and its 4 months. How can a tractor training school train you to drive a big rig in 4 weeks. Do you think that was enough training for you?

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Hi everyone, My name is Dollie, I'm 55 and have spent my life in business management but recently decided to change careers and become a trucker. I'm wondering if anyone has any tips to help me with backing maneuvers? I just completed a 4 week cdl school and took my skills test today. Backing has been a struggle for me as I have never even pulled any type of trailer before much less back one. The alley dock was what I was afraid of getting as I thought I had the offset and parrallels down but instead I failed my offset so I'm feeling pretty poorly right now. I know the setup but did something wrong cause I went into the lane too crooked. I tried pullups but never could get it to straighten out enough. Any help would be appreciated. I retest in 2 days. Thanks !!!

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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.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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Sorry cant answer your question but I have a question. Your training was only 4 weeks? Im going for my training in a couple weeks and its 4 months. How can a tractor training school train you to drive a big rig in 4 weeks. Do you think that was enough training for you?

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Hi everyone, My name is Dollie, I'm 55 and have spent my life in business management but recently decided to change careers and become a trucker. I'm wondering if anyone has any tips to help me with backing maneuvers? I just completed a 4 week cdl school and took my skills test today. Backing has been a struggle for me as I have never even pulled any type of trailer before much less back one. The alley dock was what I was afraid of getting as I thought I had the offset and parrallels down but instead I failed my offset so I'm feeling pretty poorly right now. I know the setup but did something wrong cause I went into the lane too crooked. I tried pullups but never could get it to straighten out enough. Any help would be appreciated. I retest in 2 days. Thanks !!!

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Wow, both of those sound like FOREVER. When I went to CDL school they wanted me to test out after one week. I politely declined and went another week. I had only driven on the road twice in a 10 speed about 30-45 minutes at a time. With 3 days of backing practice at 4 people to a truck. I figured 1. I wasn't as comfortable with my driving as they apparently were and 2. I'm paying a ton of money for this class (even though employer sent me to it and was to be paid through 1 year working) so I wanted to at least feel like I was getting my moneys worth. So 4 weeks to 4 months, amazing!!!

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tammy A.'s Comment
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I dont think I would ever get in a truck after 4 weeks. I thought 4 months wasnt enough lol. When I get on the road I want to know EXACTLY what Im doing. Maybe Im just a chicken.

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Sorry cant answer your question but I have a question. Your training was only 4 weeks? Im going for my training in a couple weeks and its 4 months. How can a tractor training school train you to drive a big rig in 4 weeks. Do you think that was enough training for you?

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Hi everyone, My name is Dollie, I'm 55 and have spent my life in business management but recently decided to change careers and become a trucker. I'm wondering if anyone has any tips to help me with backing maneuvers? I just completed a 4 week cdl school and took my skills test today. Backing has been a struggle for me as I have never even pulled any type of trailer before much less back one. The alley dock was what I was afraid of getting as I thought I had the offset and parrallels down but instead I failed my offset so I'm feeling pretty poorly right now. I know the setup but did something wrong cause I went into the lane too crooked. I tried pullups but never could get it to straighten out enough. Any help would be appreciated. I retest in 2 days. Thanks !!!

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Wow, both of those sound like FOREVER. When I went to CDL school they wanted me to test out after one week. I politely declined and went another week. I had only driven on the road twice in a 10 speed about 30-45 minutes at a time. With 3 days of backing practice at 4 people to a truck. I figured 1. I wasn't as comfortable with my driving as they apparently were and 2. I'm paying a ton of money for this class (even though employer sent me to it and was to be paid through 1 year working) so I wanted to at least feel like I was getting my moneys worth. So 4 weeks to 4 months, amazing!!!

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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