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    Please help: Parallel parking advice

    Hello Everyone, Ok...here goes... I failed cdl driving test due to parallel parking. I have to retake it on Dec. 7, 2011. The street we do parallel parking on is a small country road that can only fit two small cars on it with the cars side by side. We have to do a blind side parallel park and on both sides of the road is nothing but grass. If you touch the grass you fail. When I pulled over to the left side of the road the truck was parallel with the grass and about 2 inches from it. I turned my wheel too much to the left and my left tractor steer tire went into the grass. I automatically failed. I really need some advice on how to blindside parallel park on this little country road without my left steer tire touching the grass and also preventing my back trailer tire from going in the grass once I start backing up. I had more room at school therefore I did it perfectly at school, but once I got to the dmv and saw I had to parallel park on a back country road I was shocked. The grass is basically the cones and it's not a lot of room. The size of the road is about one whole lane and 1/4 of another lane. Do i straight line back and barely turn my wheel to the left to get my trailer going to the right and then get back straight with the trailer or what? very worried and don't know how I should go about doing this. Thank you very much for any advice. ...how i feel right now...sigh.


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    I am honestly glad I didn't due my CDL test in Texas. I can parallel park, but it's UGLY. Arkansas has you do a serpentine back instead. Best of luck amigo.

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    Don't sweat it to much,It sounds like you did a fine job but just tried to get tight ot the "curb" Loosen things up a little, keep a little xtra room over there and you'll be fine. Other than that not much else to say, cept GOOD LUCK

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYROADIE View Post
    Don't sweat it to much,It sounds like you did a fine job but just tried to get tight ot the "curb" Loosen things up a little, keep a little xtra room over there and you'll be fine. Other than that not much else to say, cept GOOD LUCK
    Your right. I do think that next time I should leave a little room to my left, instead of getting too close to the grass. I was thinking the same thing.

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    go real slow and if you do feel like the trailer isn't going to fit right in do the professional thing and take a pull up. Once the trailer is in then you just have to "park the car."

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    yes, sounds like you will have to pull forward quite a bit and gradually kick the trailer to the right.

    Maybe you can "set up" the maneuver by turning into and then back out of the spot as you are pulling past it and then the trailer will be pointing in the right direction before you even start backing. (like you do with a car)

    I would think they wouldn't want you setting up like that, but they should be giving you more room to maneuver in the first place. So I guess you will have to ask the examiner if you can set up like that.

    What does your instructor say? Hopefully he can help with the retest practice...

    So do you have to retake the whole test? Pretrip too?

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    yikes

    Just got my CDL . Went thru Swift Academy in Phoenix. 1 an 1/4 lanes sounds really small.. Paralel parking pretty much implies at least 2 regular lanes. Do they allow you to get out? We could get out twice and had 2 pull ups before they started dingin us. Get out and look. They really encouraged that. They taught us a sort of formula. I'll try to explain it.
    When you initially pull in you want the cone(or the corner of the truck your parkin behind) about in the middle between your rearmost trailer tire and the mud flap and about 16 in away. Crank hard left and back up watchin yer right mirror. Watch the landing gear. When the left side appears it will make a triangle in the mirror with the angled brace, the main brace that is parrelell to the ground, and the tire. That is the image you see in the mirror. The bottom of that triangle needs to be about the size of your fist. 3 to 4 inchs. You stop,go hard right, and continue to back until you straighten out. Stop. Straight line back until the corner of your trailer is approx 3 ft from the line. In your case the grass. We got to get out and look here. Also on the initial set up. Then you go hard right again, watching the landing gear in your left mirror. This time you make the triangle with right side brace-- same size as before. Stop,crank hard left and back in till you're straight. You should be pretty close to paralell to the curb.. We had a box with cones and lines on the pavement . Had to be in the box.
    I hope that helps. Sound a little strange but once you get the hang of it, it works pretty good. Of course this was with a 53' trailer and a Freightshaker Cascadia, tandems on the 40' mark. I think the basic idea would work on most rigs. You want to keep those triangles the same tho. Otherwise you come out crooked. Good luck.

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    Leave yourself plenty of room. From I remember about the test, they really just want to see if you can get it in there. If you lose a couple of points because you aren't "tight enough" its much better than an auto fail for hitting the grass. If you feel like its going to hit, ask if you can reset. If I remember correctly about taking the test in Houston they are supposed to give you 3 attempts...as long as you haven't auto failed at any point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott101 View Post
    yes, sounds like you will have to pull forward quite a bit and gradually kick the trailer to the right.

    Maybe you can "set up" the maneuver by turning into and then back out of the spot as you are pulling past it and then the trailer will be pointing in the right direction before you even start backing. (like you do with a car)

    I would think they wouldn't want you setting up like that, but they should be giving you more room to maneuver in the first place. So I guess you will have to ask the examiner if you can set up like that.

    What does your instructor say? Hopefully he can help with the retest practice...

    My instructor basically said next time I am going to have to straight line back it at an angle to do it..so now I have to learn a new way, which I feel he should have told us that from the beginning instead of teaching us the standard way as if we had more room.

    So do you have to retake the whole test? Pretrip too?
    We don't do pretrip in texas, we just take a pretrip test. We do airbrakes and road test and that's it for skills testing.

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    Thanks everyone for responding, appreciate it.

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