Newbies shouldn't start out with tractor trailers ?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by somebody, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. somebody

    somebody Bobtail Member

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    Do you think new drivers shouldn't go straight to the big trucks and start with the smaller ones first ?
     
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  3. Pete Moss

    Pete Moss Light Load Member

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    Hey-How are you?No i don't.I don't care what you drove before,the first time in an eighteen wheeler you are a "newbie".Bobtails drive,turn and back differently so i don't think there's any real benefit to driving something smaller.Then again,i learned to drive eighteen wheelers in a heavy wrecker and tractor-trailer doing oversize.You have to learn somewhere.If it's eighteen wheelers you want to drive,then learn to drive eighteen wheelers.Take care.Brian
     
  4. pokerhound67

    pokerhound67 Heavy Load Member

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    what pete said. most difficult part of driving is backing. while you probably arent going to hurt anyone doing it, most of the accidents occur there. driving a straight truck gives you zero experience with this. so while i wouldnt want a BRAND new driver (someone whod never driven anything) to get in my tractor trailer, i wouldnt look at someone with straight truck experience any differently than someone with only car experience. same newbie imo.
     
  5. dude6710

    dude6710 Road Train Member

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    No they should start with a car first
     
  6. Quickfarms

    Quickfarms Heavy Load Member

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    You need to start with a tricycle and work your way up to an 18 wheeler
     
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  7. trknfool

    trknfool Bobtail Member

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    I believe that a new driver should train in the vehicle he wants to drive. Straight truck experience would be useful but if you intend to drive a tractor trailer you need to train and get experience in a tractor trailer.
     
  8. SHOJim

    SHOJim Road Train Member

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    Some people don't belong on a tricycle
     
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  9. Hicks

    Hicks Bobtail Member

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    I would not want to train in a vehicle Im not going to drive. Might be great to see how it is but no help if not what im going to be driving.
     
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