Finished on the trainers truck

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Gman1234, Nov 26, 2020.

  1. Gman1234

    Gman1234 Bobtail Member

    Jul 18, 2020
    I'm a rookie who just finished on the trainers truck and waiting on being assigned my own truck and get started on the road solo. I'm a bit nervous about being on my own for the first time . I'm particularly afraid of backing without a spot, second set of eyes critiquing and advising and all that stuff. I am afraid I'll miss something important onthe qualcomm. Just in general nervous about doing this competently and professionally on my own. Any advice for this rookie getting on his own truck?
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  3. scott180

    scott180 Medium Load Member

    Dec 10, 2012
    Tooele, UT
    You know what it means and why to do it. So just do it.
    You WILL make mistakes. We all do. The trick is catching them before they become incidents.
    If you become frustrated, STOP, take a minute and breathe. Then get it done right. The people who pushed you to go faster than your current abilities won't be sitting in the bosses office next to you when you mess up.

    As for the qualcomm check whenever you stop and start. No need while driving. Dispatch can call if it's that important. Keep your eyes on what you're doing.

    Sounds like you want to be a professional. Congratulations you're already ahead of the game. Good luck out there.
  4. 50WT

    50WT Bobtail Member

    Dec 26, 2015
    As was said, take it at a pace you're comfortable with.
    Don't let anyone push you too fast or try and get you to do something you're not comfortable doing.
    Especially in the truckstops. You'll hear it from time to time " oh you can make that turn driver, or would you just hurry up and back in I've got to go"
    I've been driving since 1974 , I can usually backup with the best of them , but if I'm tired, or it's dark and rainy sometimes its a struggle.
    Just try and stay calm, do the best you can and don't be afraid to ask for help. Most drivers will be glad to watch for you or answer questions.
    Before long you will be on here giving advice to some rookies
    Happy Trails.
  5. thelushlarry

    thelushlarry Road Train Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    glasgow ky
    1. Stay calm
    2. Take your time
    3. Proceed with caution
    4. Don't worry what others think
  6. Truckermania

    Truckermania Road Train Member

    Oct 13, 2011
    It is perfectly normal to be a bit nervous before going out on your own. Best advice I can give and everyone has already said it is to take your time. DO NOT RUSH! Bad things happen when you rush whether you are new or been doing this for 50 years. Being new, everything will take longer so just plan for it. Your first few months will be very difficult and you will want to quit many times. There is a reason most drivers quit before finishing a year. Mostly it is because they are not patient with themselves and they either get frustrated and quit or make a big incident and get fired. Don't be that guy. Slow and patient will get you there. You can do this, sounds like your head is in the right place. Best wishes to you Driver!
  7. T.Rucker

    T.Rucker Light Load Member

    Jul 31, 2015
    What everyone else is saying, but it is so true! Take your time, don’t let others push you beyond your comfort zone.
    Get Out And Look!!! Can’t say it enough. Everyone has bad days backing. I’d rather get out 12 times and check then hit another truck or trailer and have to fill out all the paperwork and lose my safety bonus. It isn’t worth it. Just GOAL.

    Good luck to you, over time you will develop your own rhythm and ways of doing things. Just don’t get over confident because that’s when complacency sets in and something bad will happen....

    Safe travels
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  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    I thought you have to run teams at CRST?
  9. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Pick the easy parking spots at truck stops. Look for spots you can back straight into. Generally Petro/TA have more wide parking spots. Flying J and Pilots have tight parking spots
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  10. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Hampton Virginia
    It's funny sometime's I see a question like this after within days of being asked this almost same question in my personal life. Take your time. Don't worry about this. Most of the time when going into a place look for what other drivers are doing, look where they park etc. Depending on your company and their traffic lanes you can expect to see enough tough situations to keep you sharp. However, most of the time you will find this gets much easier. Within 6 months you will see what I mean. Within 2 years you will laugh at this thread. Every driver that comes to this forum has been in your shoes at some point. I clearly remember the first time I took an 18 wheeler out.
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  11. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    I chuckled at the thread title......
    That is all.
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