Backing up without painted lines or markers?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Intothesunset, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. Intothesunset

    Intothesunset Road Train Member

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    I always have problems with this, and backing up straight. Is there some trick to this or am I just a moron? It takes me 20 mins or more some times because without any markings it seems I favor the driver side . And will just keep repositioning until it's good.
     
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  2. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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    Just practice, practice and practice. Eventually it will get set up in your head
     
  3. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    Completely normal. Everyone has different strong points and weakness when it comes to backing. I find it way easier to straight back in between trailers because I have something to judge where I'm at. I also back better blind side for some unknown stupid reason lol.
     
  4. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    Lol that's that day cab practice taking there, I see those LTL guys whipping it in effortlessly blind side
     
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  5. FlaSwampRat

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    Makes sense. You figure most of the buildings/docks I hit face a road and I'm hitting them blindside constantly.
     
  6. buddyd157

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    you should have done my last stop up in Portland, ME when there was snow on the ground. the building is not straight with the parking lot lines. i had to get out and get a snow shovel and clear away the lines, all the while it's snowing like mad, and i could not keep up.

    there were no trash containers nor other trailers to use as a guide.

    must have taken me like forever to not only get to the dock, but straight, so i just give up and do the best i can with like a 2 foot off kilter docking..screw it....
     
  7. MGE Dawn

    MGE Dawn Medium Load Member

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    Putting in as many miles in reverse as you do going forward will do that for you
     
  8. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    And remember, you don't have to be perfect 90 degree angle in front of the door, you can be off a few degrees.

    Then there is the plant I deliver to. They just repainted the dock lines. About 1/2 way up it's straight, but the top 1/2 it curves over a good foot.
     
  9. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Well the best thing is to go off wats behind u . say its a dirt lot , there will usually be some kind of dirt line then shrubs or watever so u can line up that dot bumper parrellel with that and be straight 70 percent of the time. Or u can take a mental picture of the whole scene around u . say its a dirt lot . dirt lots are usually square. So id say if u seem straight in the whole grand scheme of the lot u should be ok. Its always tough if ur hitting a dock with no line, or trying to back into anywhere to get unloaded with no lines or nothing to work off of. I think most of the time its just a guessing game!
     
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  10. Intothesunset

    Intothesunset Road Train Member

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    I've been practicing for near 10 years.
     
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