Alley Docking

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by Wasted Thyme, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    I wanted to put this here instead of Questions from New Drivers. Because I think a lot of CDL students would benefit.

    Why do some instruct to do an alley like this...



    When this seems like the better and easier way to do it?

     
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  3. seagreg

    seagreg Light Load Member

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    Because the Swift video is not a 90 degree alley dock.

    The "alley" portion of the name being the critical part. It is suppose to simulate backing into an alley from a road, not docking in a commercial warehouse facility.

    They made the test easier over the years by not requiring blind side alley docks but the course is intended to simulate a public road. Thus the standard they set for the alley dock was a 90° backing test.

    Some states only due the parallel parking test and there have been some suggestions to change the tests to have forward and reverse tracking skills tests.

    But the reason you don't do it as suggested above in the Swift video is it doesn't test the skill that the people who voted at AAMVA chose to test.

    Here is the text

    That "position your vehicle parallel to the outer boundary" ensures it is a 90° alley dock test. The choice of that test was probably arbitrary.
     
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