Is It Really Like Riding A Bike ?

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  1. Moronica

    Moronica Light Load Member

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    So, I am now actively involved in the hiring process - about half way through to being officially hired with a company .

    I have a little over 2 years OTR / Regional experience driving..... However , my last time driving was just under 2 years ago.

    So my question is : Just how rusty am I going to be?

    Any of you go back to driving after taking a while off ?

    Any tips, tricks or videos to get my head back in the game ?
     
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  3. larry2903

    larry2903 Heavy Load Member

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    How good of a driver were you before? Probably won’t take but a couple of days to get back into the mindset.
     
  4. Moronica

    Moronica Light Load Member

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    I was fairly competent. Very safe and decent driver . My first year was OTR flatbedding , and my second year was Regional tanker in the oil and gas industry . So I've been in numerous difficult positions with the truck and trailer .

    My main concern is that my driving test with the new company is going to be my first driving after a 2 year break.
     
  5. larry2903

    larry2903 Heavy Load Member

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    Don’t stress about it, just remember the basics and be very aware of your surroundings and you’ll be fine. Drivers have always been needed, they want to put you to work.
     
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  6. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I was off for 7 years. My first time behind the wheel of a big truck coming back was when I did my road test for the company I work for. My shifting was a little rusty but it all came back. Now after almost 2 months back, it's like I never left.
     
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  7. Moronica

    Moronica Light Load Member

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    7 years ? Wow , that is encouraging for me
     
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  8. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    Yes....like riding a bike. You'll be a little wobbly for several days..... that's it.Then..... Like you never left. Good luck!
     
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  9. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

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    Once you learn to float shift it will come back. Just be easy on the clutch and don’t ride it.
     
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  10. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    What is this "clutch" you speak of?o_O
     
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  11. Pigdude

    Pigdude Bobtail Member

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    I drove from 1989 to 2000, then I took off to be a biomedical engineer for 12 years. Had a couple of other adventures, and hooked a 53 footer again in 2015. The first couple of turns were rough, but I stuffed it with 45000 pounds of soda and headed for Florida the next day. Yes, it comes right back.
     
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