Do they really not teach u how to backup these days ?

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by Miketruckinginc, May 20, 2023.

  1. Miketruckinginc

    Miketruckinginc Bobtail Member

    May 17, 2023
    Shubuta mississippi
    I heard that they dont even teach u to back up and I school all they teach u is enough to pass the cdl which I can do for free lol
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    You have to be able to back up to pass the test.
  4. dave01282000

    dave01282000 Light Load Member

    Jun 16, 2021
    New England
    Not sure how much it varies by state but we had to do a straight back, parallel park and alley dock on the exam. All of those involve backing.

    Wherever you're getting this nonsense, rest assured it's not true.
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  5. FozzyNOK

    FozzyNOK Road Train Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    Suuuure you can... go for it.
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  6. Terlingua

    Terlingua Medium Load Member

    Oct 24, 2021
    Many schools teach you to do the backing maneuvers by using a specific procedure and visual cues that work for that particular truck and trailer. If you follow the cues, you'll be able to complete the maneuver every time. The students usually don't have enough time to really learn and understand the concepts behind backing the trailer. Some schools are better than others though.

    I'm not sure how you plan to get around the ELDT requirements to go through an FMCA registered training provider.
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  7. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    West Monroe, La
    The thing people have to understand today is that these are not "Driving Schools" to teach you how to drive. These are strictly "CDL schools".... period.
    They teach you how to pass a CDL driving test. End of story.

    Most people assume "truck driving schools" teach you the rules & the art of driving a truck & teach you about the industry. Nothing is farther than the truth.
    In class, they go over the written exam. Then they take you out into a parking lot at the school with cones & if you can physically sit in the seat & turn the steering wheel & somehow, whether by skill or accident, get it between the cones... off you go to the DMV for your test.
    You spend about 2 or 3 days in class, then for one or two days you physically point at things under the hood and call out names, push the button with the "D" on it and drive around the parking lot, then push the little button with "R" on it a couple of times.

    The other 5 weeks........ you stand around out in the heat, rain & cold & watch the others give it a try.
    That's your super duper comprehensive truck driving school.

    Oh, and of course there's the modest fee for that 6 week "class A, # 1, top notch, best in the area, truck driving school".
  8. FLHT

    FLHT Heavy Load Member

    Aug 2, 2014
    What is the going price for the wheel holder school ?
  9. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    where you hear this from??

    got links..?? tape or digital recordings..??? video maybe..??

    at the CDL school i taught at, we taught a student all the skills needed to pass the testing at the DMV.

    it's up to the student to LEARN and APPLY himself to actually do the work.
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  10. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    In the day I watched a girl taking her backing test at a JB HUNT terminal.

    Park it between two trailers, hundreds of open feet in front of them.

    Hit the one trailer twice. Third time got her in there.

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  11. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    Someone brought that up in his other thread and he said he didn’t have to worry about it, whatever that means.
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