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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Banks, I've haven't had any problem with the button hooks I've had to do. The key seems to be patience and waiting for the right time to execute. Maybe in the future I'll perfect the technique of making cars back up/

Banks's Comment
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I live here and learned to drive a tractor trailer here and drive locally, Bruce. I don't expect you to have the same experiences I have.

andhe78's Comment
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The key to the button hook is to stop, signal left, and wait until it's safe to make the turn. It's amazing how many cars will recognize what the truck is doing and courteously wait behind the truck in order to let the truck swing out into the second lane and execute the turn. Jonathan thinks this is a problem, but it's just another example of his lack of common sense.

Lol, no, around here, you'll be sitting there all day. I'm not sure you even know what we're talking about here-Jonathan and Banks are both right-I too was taught to back cars back over the stop line. Where Jonathan's trainers failed him is not teaching him what to do on the actual road test. In that situation, with the tester in the passenger seat, if you come to an intersection where a vehicle is far enough over the stop line that you can't make the turn, you stop, put on your flashers, and ask the tester what they'd like you to do. I ran into this situation twice on my road test, both times she had me start the turn and back the vehicle back over the stop line. The key is I asked the tester instead of just doing, what I'll freely admit, looks like a dangerous technique. On a side note, I have had two situations where the vehicle will not move until a cop shows up to see why traffic was obstructed-both times it wasn't me (who was stretched across the intersection) that the cop "talked" to.


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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