I Need Some Help...for Backing...

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Sung Y.'s Comment
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I'm still have problem with backing. Practice.a lot..but still same problem. ..scared backing between the trailer. ..give me some tip...plz

David's Comment
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I'm still have problem with backing. Practice.a lot..but still same problem. ..scared backing between the trailer. ..give me some tip...plz

What issue are you having with backing? is it getting the trailer to go left or right? or movements in the steering wheel?

Backing was a tough part for me when I first started. But a guy in my class said to try placing my hands on the bottom of the wheel and make 1/4'' movements. The trailer will respond. I tried a lot of different things, such as looking at the mirror on the side i wanted to adjust and turning the wheel in that direction to only using the drivers side mirror.

It takes a bit to get the hang of but once you got it, you'll find yourself putting a trailer in a ally in downtown NY, NY with traffic in every direction. The big thing is don't get to stressed about it. Also remember if you want to go left, turn right and if you want to go right, turn left. Trailer will respond in the opposite direction than if you where in a car backing without a trailer.

the best advice I can say is G.O.A.L (GET OUT AND LOOK) doing so will save you running into something and can tell you which direction your trailer needs to and whether or not you need to pull up a bit to adjust.

David

Daniel B.'s Comment
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How long have you been driving?

Sung Y.'s Comment
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How long have you been driving?

About 3months...2 months with trainer about 1 month my self... 45degrees I think I got no problem... but like ally dock.90degrees problem. ..between trucker I get nervous...so it took so long time to backing...and sometime without help...it took me more....my trainer told me...driving my self while ..than I ll get no problem. ..but stlll.... help me plz...thans for info...

Daniel B.'s Comment
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How long have you been driving?

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About 3months...2 months with trainer about 1 month my self... 45degrees I think I got no problem... but like ally dock.90degrees problem. ..between trucker I get nervous...so it took so long time to backing...and sometime without help...it took me more....my trainer told me...driving my self while ..than I ll get no problem. ..but stlll.... help me plz...thans for info...

You know, there really isn't a magical formula for backing. There's nothing I can say that your trainer hasn't tried demonstrating to you. At this point in your career you'll never be great at backing up. Backing takes years to polish, and even then, some days you just can't back up to save your life.

There's no step by step procedure we can share with you. I'm sure you know, when backing up between two trucks hug the truck on your drivers side area. If you're close to him you know you're away from the truck on your blind side. Get out and look often.

Honestly, the best advice I can give you is this. When you enter a truck stop or other parking area ask yourself this "what's the safest thing to do?"

Clearly, parking between two trucks is the most unsafe spot to back into! So don't do it! Drive around to the back of the parking lot and park in one of those "easy" spots.

"What's the safest thing to do?" Should be asked to yourself a hundred times a day, it's the key to accident-free. Never take any chances!

Listen, you won't be good at backing anytime soon. Quite frankly, I would say that it really starts to truly click near that 1 year mark. Your goal right now is just to survive. Did you park safely at night without hitting anything? Good, then you did a great job.

It's all about survival, always. Never take chances, always get out and look. And park in the back. Don't pretend like you/we don't need the exercise.

It's so easy to have a backing accident and they're always ugly. The trailer is aluminum/steel, the trucks are plastic - it doesn't end well for the truck. So keep it safe and take it easy on yourself. Go for the easiest parking spot.

"What is the safest thing to do?"

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Brian 's Comment
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I'm still have problem with backing. Practice.a lot..but still same problem. ..scared backing between the trailer. ..give me some tip...plz

I have not driven a big rig yet, but have been driving a F350 super crew with a 32 trailer and backing this for years.....but the big trucks....have me wondering...so I went on YouTube and found several helpful videos....some from trainers, others from new drivers, pros, etc.

Might be worth your time as another option for help

Heavy C's Comment
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The key for me to any backing situation is the set up. How you position the truck and trailer before starting. If you're setting up so you have to start cutting the wheel a lot right away then either that's not a good spot to back in to or your set up isn't right. Also I would like to echo what Daniel said. Even when you get better at it you will still have bad days. I feel like I was always pretty good at backing but once in a while I feel like I couldn't back a boat trailer into an aircraft hanger. It happens to everyone..... Even the "super truckers". Just take your time, goal, and keep working on it.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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The key for me to any backing situation is the set up. How you position the truck and trailer before starting. If you're setting up so you have to start cutting the wheel a lot right away then either that's not a good spot to back in to or your set up isn't right. Also I would like to echo what Daniel said. Even when you get better at it you will still have bad days. I feel like I was always pretty good at backing but once in a while I feel like I couldn't back a boat trailer into an aircraft hanger. It happens to everyone..... Even the "super truckers". Just take your time, goal, and keep working on it.

Yep, that`s it.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Backing is an art form for sure. Never had any backing problems. If the trailer could physically fit in the hole I can put it there. My problem comes in when there is no point of reference. Give me a empty parking lot with 10 dock door all to myself and for the life of me I can not straight line back at all without 2 to 3 pulls ups.

Brandon B.'s Comment
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I have seen some videos of some very tight places. What do you do if you are not good enough and come to one of these places and just cannot get in?

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