Backing issues

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Truckergirl78, May 21, 2018.

  1. Truckergirl78

    Truckergirl78 Bobtail Member

    May 6, 2018
    I am currently in CDL school and am having issues with backing. I am so confused sometimes with which way to turn my wheel to get my trailer exactly where I need it. I know it’s opposite, but my main issue is trying to pull forward to get myself moved over to the left or right. I feel as if I don’t have enough room on the practice pad to get myself set up properly. Any advice with backing issues for brand new drivers?
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  3. McUzi

    McUzi Road Train Member

    Jan 14, 2018
    The best advice that i was given when i was learning to back was to turn the wheel toward my problem. It all clicked from there for me.
  4. Wooly Rhino

    Wooly Rhino Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Liberty, Missouri
    The trailer will run away from your hand if your hand is on top of the Wheel. You see the trailer coming to your left, roll your hand to the left. If it is going right roll your hand right.

    Now if that still confuses you, put your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and it is just backwards.

    Remember, on a straight line back the trailer will always track the same way. It won't go left one day and right the next.

    Backing is not nearly as hard as you think it is.
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  5. Trucking in Tennessee

    Trucking in Tennessee Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    There are some you tube videos that address this. Some have overhead shots. Might help.
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  6. Truckermania

    Truckermania Road Train Member

    Oct 13, 2011
    This may sound childish but it helped me a lot. Get a toy truck (with trailer) and set up a toy environment with similar obstacles. Then spend time watching how the trailer moves to get it where you want it. Then transfer that to your real setup. Best wishes!
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  7. STexan

    STexan Road Train Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    Longview, TX
    You may be overthinking it or you may be too focused on "getting straight and in front of your slot".

    Too many time we can't simply pull in, turn, straighten, then back straight in. So we need to get a grasp on backing from an origination point that is more or less perpendicular to your slot.

    Often times it's best just to get the trailer about half way or more in (without hitting anything), then pull up and work on correcting your angle.

    Search YouTube for "overhead backup training" or "Birdseye backup training" and see what comes up. Maybe a few of this will help "get your mind right".
  8. GreenMonster9669

    GreenMonster9669 Medium Load Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    St Louis
    put your hand on the bottom of the wheel and move your hand the direction you want the back of the trailer to go.
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  9. doireann

    doireann Light Load Member

    Nov 13, 2016
    This time last year I was in CDL school and thought I would never ever get the skills done perfectly. I did hear that for whatever reason, it seems that us gals have a harder time of the skills.
    This is what helped me ; I kept memorizing the turns in my head ; Left, Right, Straight, Right, Left, Straight.
    Then I started memorizing where I would turn ; Reverse straight a little, then hard left until I see the center of the crossbeam in my mirror, then hard right until I am in front of the trailer straight, then back straight until my rear tire is across the parking line. The hard right until I see the cross beam, then hard left until I am straight and then I should be in the spot.
    Don't beat yourself up too much. It drove me bananas. One great teacher did bring me into his class alone and took out a toy tractor trailer to demonstrate. He was the best teacher ever. I took longer to get the skills, but when I did it, I passed no problem.
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  10. Dumdriver

    Dumdriver Road Train Member

    Jul 8, 2014
    East Coast
    Why? That’s sillly. Did the person that told you this offer any reason for this nonsensical opinion? Plenty of women out here doing it up every single day.

    As far as memorizing the turns- I guess it’ll help you pass the test- but in the real world, where setups are like snowflakes (no two are the same) I wouldn’t recommend getting in that type of habit. Good way to g t yourself in trouble. There’s no substitute for good old fashioned practice.
  11. scottied67

    scottied67 Road Train Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    california norte
    I got a ton of thumbs up on this video below and a ton of positive comments. I have a whole backing Playlist on the youtube channel as well, various backing examples filmed with a forehead mounted body camera.

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