My First Day With A Trainer After Obtaining My Class A Cdl

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Tiffany L.'s Comment
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I drove the speed limit on the highway during the driving test and when I finished orientation I could not go above the minimum without being scared. What happened?

Tiffany Lucas

Errol V.'s Comment
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When I started road driving/training, I didn't get nervous or scared, but I sure felt comfortable rolling along about 10 miles below the limit. Visually, it just seemed better. Also, maybe you feel a bit "too tall" up there? (Just an idea). Whatever, when you tense up, remember 20 million other people have no problem driving a big rig. Do your best to relax. After a bit you'll get used to it.

Personally, my biggest heebie-jeebie was to fit the big truck between the dotted lines. Now it's not a problem at all.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Tiffany L.'s Comment
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Thanks Errol V I wonder to do that when I feel like I'm going to have an accident when it's windy, I am on a bridge or construction site, or it just seems as though the truck is gone to tip over when I get up speed.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Thanks Errol V I wonder to do that when I feel like I'm going to have an accident when it's windy, I am on a bridge or construction site, or it just seems as though the truck is gone to tip over when I get up speed.

The trailer certainly does act like a sail. When it's windy you need both hands on the wheel and every brain cell concentrating on driving. It'll come with practice.

Also, believe it or not, if you on purpose imagine you're about to have an accident, it will help you drive safer. Then you become more conscious of your safe following distances and the other vehicles around you.

Driving bridges can be fun. I'm on Memphis so I drive over the Mississippi a lot. But I can't get used to the big bridge on I-10 at Lake Charles, LA.

big bridge on I-10 at Lake Charles, LA

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Operating While Intoxicated

Greenhorn Trucker's Comment
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That bridge looks like the Skyway bridge in Florida, I drove across that thing in an old Ford Escort LOL. big rig truck driving across the Skyway Bridge in Florida

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Holy Crap thats a steep scary lookin' bridge shocked.png Moving Cab Overs was even stranger being up so high but easy turn radius! lol

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Those aren't bridges. Those are car roller coasters. I've been in tall vehicles before and it does feel very different driving up high. I think it'll all come together with time and practice. Good luck!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Skydrick (Brian L.) 's Comment
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The trailer certainly does act like a sail. When it's windy you need both hands on the wheel and every brain cell concentrating on driving. It'll come with practice.

Also, believe it or not, if you on purpose imagine you're about to have an accident, it will help you drive safer. Then you become more conscious of your safe following distances and the other vehicles around you.

Driving bridges can be fun. I'm on Memphis so I drive over the Mississippi a lot. But I can't get used to the big bridge on I-10 at Lake Charles, LA.

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Just went over it two days ago. Pretty scary for a new driver. For that matter so is the causeway.

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Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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Skydrick says,

Just went over it two days ago. Pretty scary for a new driver. For that matter so is the causeway.

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My first time (with my mentor) was at night, in a rainstorm. I didn't get to enjoy the scenery. rofl-2.gif
Yeah, and the 20 mile long causeway not far (going eastbound) after that. In the dark & rain.

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