How Can I Manage This Turn? (Maps And Photos Included)

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Davy A.'s Comment
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Id take about a 3rd or more of the lane next to the right turn lane and both the lanes on the street im turning on, a combo of the jug and hook. As soon as my shoulder hits the curb, as was said Id turn. It looks like it will clear. If needed, the left turn lane on the street too when clear, as said. People generally get out of the way with very little persuasion. My truck is a T680, the nose on em is kind of long compared to some of the others. As was said, take any and all room as needed as long as its safely done.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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Anne,

What do you do if there are cars in the lane required to do the button hook? I think, in real life, you have to do a hybrid of a jug and a buttonhook.

You allow vehicles to pass and utilize space where a vehicle had been. During CDL exam, impeding traffic is stressed. But, once out on the road with a company, take as much time as is necessary to make a turn without hitting anything/anyone. During heavy traffic, it may be necessary to hold up traffic and use space where vehicles had been. The maneuver is the same, but it may take a bit more time in heavy traffic.

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.
John G.'s Comment
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Thank yall so much for the responses. I went out and practiced with my truck and boat over the weekend. It doesn't look like I will be using a t680, instead a small daycab truck

Gonna go with the button hook and hug the lane Next to me, before making turn

What do yall mean by shoulder? I read that I can turn when it clears

Here are videos from my practice. I know they are different animals, but my boat and truck combo is about 10 ft shorter than the daycab/28ft trailer

Gas turns

https://youtu.be/bMAwM5rv8wg

https://youtu.be/L15n501qPyY

https://youtu.be/W-eVa148WBI

Other turns

https://youtu.be/cFktLyzX_fg https://youtu.be/6RcRVIrfDnU

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hay John G., (Juany)

From the looks of your videos, it seems you've got the concept!

Good luck on your CDL test, let us know.

~ Anne ~

ps: Not sure what Davy referred to, re: Shoulder...sorry!

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.
John G.'s Comment
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Thank you. Got more practice from buddy's truck. He coached me a lot too.

Question- if there is a situation where traffic isn't clear, do I just wait, even if I sit through a green light?

I blocked traffic a couple times in my friends (cars were lining up behind) and one car even drove in front of me to make a right while I was at the stop sign

Even though I feel uncomfortable, I would rather let the examiner know to make the next move, I must wait until it is safe to do so. I just feel uncomfortable waiting, as I am an aggressive driver when I'm in a car or pickup

Hay John G., (Juany)

From the looks of your videos, it seems you've got the concept!

Good luck on your CDL test, let us know.

~ Anne ~

ps: Not sure what Davy referred to, re: Shoulder...sorry!

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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.
G-Town's Comment
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Just remember it takes 4-5 seconds for you to clear an intersection. Do not react and rush because of someone else’s impatience. Including other truckers! Not your problem... just be vigilant in watching your mirrors.

Thank you. Got more practice from buddy's truck. He coached me a lot too.

Question- if there is a situation where traffic isn't clear, do I just wait, even if I sit through a green light?

I blocked traffic a couple times in my friends (cars were lining up behind) and one car even drove in front of me to make a right while I was at the stop sign

Even though I feel uncomfortable, I would rather let the examiner know to make the next move, I must wait until it is safe to do so. I just feel uncomfortable waiting, as I am an aggressive driver when I'm in a car or pickup

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Hay John G., (Juany)

From the looks of your videos, it seems you've got the concept!

Good luck on your CDL test, let us know.

~ Anne ~

ps: Not sure what Davy referred to, re: Shoulder...sorry!

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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.
Davy A.'s Comment
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The Sam's club in Tulsa off Sheridan road, pretty small road going in. I had to wait one complete cycle to get in. Another knight driver waited 2 full cycles, it happens.

You're hanging a right on to 43rd from Sheridan. It's tighter than it looks, you have to wait until there's no cars on 43rd, cause you need to take all the lanes on it or your trailer will (not might) hit the light pole.

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Mikey B.'s Comment
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Thank you. Got more practice from buddy's truck. He coached me a lot too.

Question- if there is a situation where traffic isn't clear, do I just wait, even if I sit through a green light?

I blocked traffic a couple times in my friends (cars were lining up behind) and one car even drove in front of me to make a right while I was at the stop sign

Even though I feel uncomfortable, I would rather let the examiner know to make the next move, I must wait until it is safe to do so. I just feel uncomfortable waiting, as I am an aggressive driver when I'm in a car or pickup

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Hay John G., (Juany)

From the looks of your videos, it seems you've got the concept!

Good luck on your CDL test, let us know.

~ Anne ~

ps: Not sure what Davy referred to, re: Shoulder...sorry!

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The only answer is yes, you wait. If you have to sit through 3 or 4 lights...you wait. Eventually someone will understand why you're sitting there and they will stop short giving you room to take their lane for your turn. We get frustrated sometimes by 4 wheelers actions but we must also give them credit where due. I've never had much of an issue with cars understanding that I need their lane etc. I find most drivers are more than willing to help us out when we need them to. I also believe a cop that sees you waiting understands and probably would help you out rather than giving a ticket.

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.
John G.'s Comment
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Thank yall for the responses..

Took the test this morning... And passed!

The feedback I got this time was I turned too wide (lol) and to look side to side more. My instructor and the examininer also told me you turn into the lane you come from. Eg. If you make a right from the right lane, go into the right lane

My buddy, a truck driver, told me "if your problem is hitting curbs, don't hit the ****ing curbs"

I took his advice and took em extra wide. It's what I would have to do with a 53'

I erred on the side of caution and avoided an automatic fail.. At least I got the license

Gonna wait out my contract or till I get fired from my current job, then start applying at companies

Dunno if I have any advice for new people, but for me, I was most surprised that the turns were what I had the most trouble with.

Parallel and backing was easy. I am also guessing drivers do it different from the manual. I've been watching truckers make turns ever since I failed, and some go way out, then turn, and other drivers dork the curb

My advice is know all 3 parts-pre trip, backing and how to drive. Also, if you're not experienced, wait on learning manual and focus on road rules- retest in manual.

I went to a fly by night school that taught me pretrip and backing well. I had 3 hours of private driving practice, but I spent the majority of those learning to shift-not on road skills. In retrospect, I would have asked them to teach me the road skills in an auto. There's no way I would've known this beforehand

To adapt to missing the first try, I got a practice session with a buddy/customer. He is a truck driver I've sold tires to. We got to do some fatass turns with a 53'.

Then I hired another CDL company- one that parks 3 trucks outside the DMV- to take me through the course and use their truck for my second road test.

This guy knew exactly what they look for and prepared me on the exact route. I wondered if the DMV lady was thinking "this **** again". If youre in DFW, I can give you his info.

So... Thats my story. I followed a JB Hunt truck for a portion of the test, and he modeled some of the turns for me. Thought that was funny- like copying answers from the guy in front of you.

Gonna earn my stripes with a first time job, then I want my to do heavy loads

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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations!

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