Losing confidence

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ClassB, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Snowshoes

    Snowshoes Heavy Load Member

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    So true Noggin
     
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  3. joecitizen

    joecitizen Light Load Member

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    i think you need to relax, but only to a point as there is a lot going on with the operation of a truck and you need to be aware of everything around you as much as reasonably possible (a 360 degree view driver). as you know, you are responsible for the safe operation of that truck, so your focus needs to remain on it.

    as i see it the responsibility you have to the vehicles behind you is to not roll back in to them or as you come to a stop, check your mirrors, what are the vehicles behind you doing? are you inconveniencing them by how slow the truck moves? yes you are, so what. focus on what is in your control and that is the safe operation of that truck!

    while in the training yard, have you tried putting the truck in gear and just slowly letting the clutch out (without applying the throttle) until the truck is moving? try 1st, then 2nd, then 3rd and so on... learn how the truck responds. once you get that down, go to a hill and do the same. i believe part of learning to drive is learning what the truck will and wont do.
     
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  4. ClassB

    ClassB Light Load Member

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    Thanks alot. Thats basically what we do in the yard. Idle speeds only. I dont know why I thought since its in 2nd gear, it'll stall if I release the clutch. Knowledge is power! :D
     
  5. tl385

    tl385 Light Load Member

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    Like everyone's saying...RELAX! Focus, but relax.

    Big difference between trucks and cars, but follow me for a moment... My wife was working on getting her driver's license back after not driving for 10 years due to a seizure disorder. She got her learner's, got in the car, and she was like "Oh my God! What now?" First thing I told her was "Relax. Don't get nervous, just relax." I reminded her almost every time we got in the car and she drove. A month later, she aced her driving test, and 7 months later, you would think she never missed a day.

    Relax. EASE off the clutch. Relax. You'll get it!
     
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  6. KMac

    KMac Road Train Member

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    Man oh man... I remember the first time I ever drove a stick of any kind... I enlisted in the Army at 17 to drive a truck... first time on the driving range in AIT I was in a jeep... a Jeep! And I could not get it to go... it just kept stalling and the instructor is screaming at me...you better get the God D***ed jeep moving... then he comes over screaming what is the malfunction here soldier and I said I don't know maybe the jeep is, screwed up... he says Get the F*** out... he jumps in, puts it in gear and takes right off... jumps back out and screams you better get this god d***ed jeep moving or I will f*** your life up!

    You will get it... just takes practice.
     
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  7. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    Assume a Gunslinger mentality --- Think fast draw slow.

    If it's an "air brake" unit. There is a lot of time between taking your foot off the brake, and placing it on the throttle, before the truck starts to roll back. Simply slow down and get the job done.

    Most people rush this step out of fear of rolling back. This only makes the problem worse, because you're fully releasing the clutch before the engine is spun up enough to take the load.

    In the correct gear, the truck will simply start moving without having to apply any throttle, on an empty box. Unless you're releasing the clutch too fast.

    Same principle works for hydraulics, although the time span is shorter.
     
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  8. GOSTRIDER13

    GOSTRIDER13 Bobtail Member

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    Well said Snowshoes!! Just don't give up you will get it and good luck.
     
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  9. ClassB

    ClassB Light Load Member

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    Well, I pulled the plug. I did better on the road ride, stalled very few times, but this is not for me. I'm going to cut my losses and try something else. Thanks everyone for their support.
     
  10. Snowshoes

    Snowshoes Heavy Load Member

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    Sorry to hear that. You Will get the hang of it.

     
  11. GOSTRIDER13

    GOSTRIDER13 Bobtail Member

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    Don't give up now!!! you have to much in it and you will get it.."Honest"
     
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