Anxiety Driving Through Large Cities

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BabyTrucker's Comment
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I completed trucking school here in my province, and got my 1A license (CDL) back at the end of October. Right out the gate, I was employed (I drive with my spouse) and sent to Minnesota. That went really well! So on the next run, we were driving through Nashville... long story short, a car cut me off right about a foot in front going 70mph on the interstate and in turn, I moved slightly over and another truck took out my driver side mirror with his trailer. ANYWAY, now I have major anxiety driving through large cities and I want so desperately to gain my confidence back and not freak out. My poor boyfriend always drives through them for me and I feel so guilty that now I'm even wondering if this was the right career path for me. Tips and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I completed trucking school here in my province, and got my 1A license (CDL) back at the end of October. Right out the gate, I was employed (I drive with my spouse) and sent to Minnesota. That went really well! So on the next run, we were driving through Nashville... long story short, a car cut me off right about a foot in front going 70mph on the interstate and in turn, I moved slightly over and another truck took out my driver side mirror with his trailer. ANYWAY, now I have major anxiety driving through large cities and I want so desperately to gain my confidence back and not freak out. My poor boyfriend always drives through them for me and I feel so guilty that now I'm even wondering if this was the right career path for me. Tips and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Howdy, gal & welcome to Trucking Truth~!!

I can totally understand your conundrum. I despise large cities, as well. I was born in NY, so there's already a disadvantage, LoL.

Girl, you did the correct thing, IMHO. Minimal (and not collateral) damage. Confidence is built, not bought; as you know. It'll take time, and you will work back up . . . slowly but surely. Chew gum; it helped me while I was driving with MY guy!!

Also; check out some videos, by one of our moderators, here: Kearsey's Channel.

She's a trainer for Prime, and team trains; being in 'your' situation often. I hope this helps a bit!

Best wishes;

~ Anne ~

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Howdy!

I have been in 3 passenger side accidents with 4 wheelers....two hit my steers, with one wrapping around in front of me and the third one hit my drives hard enough to bounce and hit my trailers also. It took close to a year to get over the anxiety I had with that one. Those other two were merging accidents and made me mad beyond belief!!

Accidents are like getting thrown from a horse...You have to brush yourself off and get right back on. I run solo so I have no one to take over driving for me. Plan your routes and plan to drive thru at least halfway and then if you can't make it the rest of the way through, know of a place where you can pull over and swap out...but if you did okay going halfway, you should be able to go the rest of the way through. I don't chew gum cuz I have dentures, but I do plugin my cell phone to the radio with an audio cord, and listen to the music I have in libraries on YouTube. Singing along to music and paying attention to traffic kept me busy with next to nothing for anxiety. Take care!

Laura

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Trucking Guy's Comment
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You are on the right track! Keep going! Having that confidence is already a power! Just focus and keep motivated. Having the Driving Skill for Heavy Vehicle is already a great attribute. I hope your confidence will get back and start earning from this job. Hope to hear from you when this happen.

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