In training and nervous about a lot.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by AteamDRIVER80, Feb 29, 2024.

  1. AteamDRIVER80

    AteamDRIVER80 Bobtail Member

    Jan 27, 2024
    So I started training with Western Express. Been out for a week or so. My trainer needed to come home so I’ll be back out on Sunday.

    So far he let me back 2 times. I’ve been at some truck stops and they are so CROWDED! Eventually I’ll be on my own and my strategy is to get to a truck stop early like 6-7 pm to park for the night. I’m really just nervous to be in my own truck needing to navigate tight spots and parking, i dont think he’s letting me back enough. What do you guys think?

    I possibly have 20-25 days of training left. My trainer needs to show me more like backing and things on the tablet.

    Last but not least, he is constantly looking for a prostitute when it gets late. It’s annoying but I am trying to get training done and over with.

    If you have any experience feeling like this rookie does please leave me a reply.
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    @bryan21384 is a former Western driver that can give solid advice.
  4. Short Fuse EOD

    Short Fuse EOD Road Train Member

    Jul 29, 2015
    Confidence will come with time, until you lose it by breaking things. When you get on your own, do the best you can to plan ahead of where you’re gonna stop and do a recon of what that truckstop looks like on a satellite view. Have a fallback plan. Whenever you’re stopping in the middle of the day, and there are two or three open spots, side-by-side, blindside back into those spots. This will get you confidence and an opportunity to blindside back and not have to worry about breaking into things. Get to understand the relationship of your tandems and their position and how that affects backing and also pulling out. Tail swing can get you in a lot of hurt if your tandems are too far forward. If you’re pulling a spread axle 48’, you don’t have to worry about it that much . None of those ladies ever grew up, wanting to be a hooker. Usually they’re pretty doped up on drugs. Whenever they get out of that life, they’re never gonna look back at it, as a good time. They’re going to try to want to forget. Partake in the prostitution is just not a good thing. Not for them, not for you.
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2024
  5. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    20 - 25 days of training....left?

    In that case -- please accept my sincerest congratulations! :occasion5: :occasion7: :toothy7:

    At Schneider -- I was out with a trainer for LESS THAN 5 DAYS. :banghead:

    -- L
  6. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Every time the truck stops you need to back it into a parking spot.

    Are you trying to cure your trainer or learn a new job? Focus on learning. Stop filling your head with stories, true though they may be. Watch backing videos from trucking schools & trucking companies. You need to internalize the actions needed to move the trailer left while backing and move trailer right while backing. Just find the videos that teach that without the extra talking. Having 6 people tell you 7 ways to back will just confuse you.
  7. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    You don't get to decide when you will be parked for the day. The customers taking their sweet time, traffic, weather, and your start time & HOS of service decide approximately when you are out of hours and must stop.
  8. Hatt91

    Hatt91 Light Load Member

    May 18, 2018
    In my opinion, you should be doing all the backing whether it's at a shipper, receiver, truck stop. Nothing teaches like experience.

    Yes, a lot of places are very tight. You navigating them will help teach you the size and maneuverability limitations of the large vehicle you are driving. This will be essential when you're on your own and without a second set of eyes watching what you were doing.

    Try to plan your trips the best you can, but don't bank on getting out of a warehouse by a certain time in order to maintain your plan. Things happen, things run late, you have to improvise on the fly. Have back up plans. Have back ups to your back up plans.
  9. snowmantrucking101

    snowmantrucking101 Heavy Load Member

    Mar 8, 2017
    No idea how that doesn't bite them in the rear horribly.
  10. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Like other person said, ask if you can do all the backing. Hopefully you trainer gets out of truck and helps you back. Basically make sure you don’t hit anything or get messed up in backing.

    I don’t even see the ladies of the night anymore at truck stops. Your trainer must know were they all are. Kinda funny but kinda sad when you want to get driving experience.
  11. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    He won't be training much longer..
    Just till the syphilis takes his sight.
    Tell him to get a hotel with an escort and you can practice backing in the parking lot while he does his thing.
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