Taking Right Turns Into Parking Lots And Driving Test

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Brian's Comment
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I finished my last four weeks of school today and I go into test on Tuesday. I'll only get a couple hours of practice before the test. They covered pretty much everything besides taking a right into a parking lot entrance. We would always turn left on an undivided street into the school's parking lot entrance. They likely won't take me on an route that will have me take a right to get back into the school, but I want to make sure I know how to approach such a maneuver in case I have to do it.

Brian's Comment
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This is what the parking lot entrance looks like:

BK's Comment
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Remember: Straight and Late. Go straight until you have just enough space to turn the tractor. Then make a hard right “late”. As you gain experience you will learn that not all right turns are “truck friendly” . Example: observe the entrances to truck stops. The ones for cars only is much more restrictive than the entrance/exit for trucks.

And as G-Town says, watch your wagon.on the right. Proceed slowly and use the convex mirror to keep your eye on the trailer tandems ALL the way until you successfully complete the turn.

Good luck with 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".

Tim F.'s Comment
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When I attended Roehl Transports school all we did for two to three days was make right turns.

Here is how I was trained in the yard.

Bring the tractor straight out into the intersection until half of the trailer clears the corner, then turn into the lot. As with any turn, keep an eye in the trailer in your mirrors.

It seems pretty basic I know but it’s always work for me.

Good luck. I’m sure you’ll be fine.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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This is what the parking lot entrance looks like:

Didn't see the picture; perhaps BK can pay it forward how to post?

Brett has a Vimeo at the bottom of page, as well. There's always this:

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For a rule of thumb!!

Best wishes;

~ Anne & Tom ~

Brian's Comment
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This is what the parking lot entrance looks like:

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Didn't see the picture; perhaps BK can pay it forward how to post?

Brett has a Vimeo at the bottom of page, as well. There's always this:

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For a rule of thumb!!

Best wishes;

~ Anne & Tom ~

I was asking about making a right turn into a parking lot. The entrance is 35 feet wide and there's often cars parked on the right side of the entrance in front of the sidewalk. It doesn't seem like my 53' trailer would clear a car parked on the right side if I made a button hook turn...

BK's Comment
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Brian, is this particular parking lot truck friendly? Do you see other 70 ft trucks in that lot? If not, you don’t want to be the first to try. Maybe you have the street address of this lot so we could take a look at the satellite view.

Also, there are instructional videos on YouTube that teach how to properly execute both right and left turns.

Banks's Comment
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It's a legitimate fear. I work with a guy that failed his road test because he hit the curb going back to the DMV. The tester told him he would have passed if not for that. He thought she was joking because it was the the of the exam.... She wasn't.

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.

Brian's Comment
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Brian, is this particular parking lot truck friendly? Do you see other 70 ft trucks in that lot? If not, you don’t want to be the first to try. Maybe you have the street address of this lot so we could take a look at the satellite view.

Also, there are instructional videos on YouTube that teach how to properly execute both right and left turns.

I tried to upload a picture, but it wouldn't go through. I'll try again.

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Brian's Comment
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It's a legitimate fear. I work with a guy that failed his road test because he hit the curb going back to the DMV. The tester told him he would have passed if not for that. He thought she was joking because it was the the of the exam.... She wasn't.

There's also side streets with stop signs that are 50+ feet away from the curb / intersection which turn onto the road the school is on. A student could fail their test less than a block away from the school just because of those. It's really easy to go by them because there's tractors and/or trailers parked right in front of the stop signs all the time and you don't see them until the last second.

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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.
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