Parking Problems

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Nick K.'s Comment
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So I went to take my test for my class b CDL. Failed bad on the parking got through straight backing and offset(barely) screwed myself on parallel (almost had it though) I was just wondering if anyone had any tips for parking, I passed the pre trip with ease and am confident with the actual driving. For reference it's a straight truck for the test(box truck to be precise) any tips of help would be appreciated can't find anything online

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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Are you in a truck driving school? Are you practicing in a straight truck? Surely your instructors are giving you some tips. When it comes to parking big trucks, practice is what helps you get it. Familiarity begets confidence.

Nick K.'s Comment
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Are you in a truck driving school? Yes Are you practicing in a straight truck? Yes Surely your instructors are giving you some tips. When it comes to parking big trucks, practice is what helps you get it. Familiarity begets confidence. The school I'm in is mainly focused on class a students. I'm the only class b student, I get handed the keys and shown where to park, they only help if I fully mess up. Im just looking for tips on where to place my tires and such, I was able to get the offset after a few tries then when I got to parallel I messed up once and failed because of the offset attempts, since the school isn't helping figured to come here for any tips I can get

Nick K.'s Comment
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I am in school, they basically gave me the truck to use in the yard as a toy, I'm the only class b there, it's just some lines on the ground no cones, they care more about the class a then b, and it was practice in a straight truck

Old School's Comment
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I'm sorry Nick, but I don't really know any tips that I think would be helpful. I'm not even that familiar with a class B test. Hopefully some of our members can jump in here and help you out.

I would make this recommendation though. Since you paid for this schooling, I would speak up and ask for some guidance or instruction. They owe you a little help and instruction if that is what you paid for. Be your own advocate and expect to get what you paid for.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I'm sorry Nick, but I don't really know any tips that I think would be helpful. I'm not even that familiar with a class B test. Hopefully some of our members can jump in here and help you out.

I would make this recommendation though. Since you paid for this schooling, I would speak up and ask for some guidance or instruction. They owe you a little help and instruction if that is what you paid for. Be your own advocate and expect to get what you paid for.

INDEED, and agreed with O/S.....

Wish I could remember some of our previous class B guys/gals on here. Did Donna drive buses ?!!!?

Didn't Aubrey go that route, O/S??? If I find anything, I'll post a link.

Did you see this one, Nick K. ? It's actually quite well thought out, IMHO . . .

Class B Parking Tutorial

Wish you the best, Nick. You could search Aubrey's posts, perhaps. I just can't think of (atm) the Class B drivers that have come through here, and moved on to Class A, via our HRTP . . . yet I know we've had'em.

I'll post as they come to mind; just keep checking back.

~ Anne ~

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So I went to take my test for my class b CDL. Failed bad on the parking got through straight backing and offset(barely) screwed myself on parallel (almost had it though) I was just wondering if anyone had any tips for parking, I passed the pre trip with ease and am confident with the actual driving. For reference it's a straight truck for the test(box truck to be precise) any tips of help would be appreciated can't find anything online

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.
Nick K.'s Comment
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It's a box truck not a school bus not to sure on length but longer then a uhaul truck, tried the school bus way helped a lil bit but thanks for all the ideas

David K.'s Comment
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Before I received my Class A, I had a Class B for a few months. I took the Class B test in a straight truck. For me, the most important piece of information that I used for parking was that the rear tandems or wheels are a pivot point; that is, the truck is going to turn around with the tandems when backing. Further, the radius of your turn when backing is going to depend, a lot, upon the length of your wheel base or the distance between the front tires and the rear tires. Finally, I was mindful of the tail behind the tandems. If the tail goes out of bounds on the test, you are going to get penalized for that. I spent some time backing and parking in an empty parking lot, with the help of my trainer, until I felt confident that I could pass the test.

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".

David W.'s Comment
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When I took the one day course for my passengers endorsement, because I was trying to get a city bus driver gig. I found using the cones in conjunction to where the truck was as points of reference, helped. Like back in At an angle till passenger mirror is lined up to the first cone and then straighten out.

Rev's Comment
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There is an app called My Trucking Skills you can download- if you’re a visual learner this will help lots… ❤️

So I went to take my test for my class b CDL. Failed bad on the parking got through straight backing and offset(barely) screwed myself on parallel (almost had it though) I was just wondering if anyone had any tips for parking, I passed the pre trip with ease and am confident with the actual driving. For reference it's a straight truck for the test(box truck to be precise) any tips of help would be appreciated can't find anything online

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.
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