Released on my own after 3 days with a trainer... I'm having one problem

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by BigD09, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. Boardhauler

    Boardhauler Road Train Member

    Dec 21, 2008
    Ballin' in it for Shakey
    The more people that are watching,the more trouble I seem to have.
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  3. BigD09

    BigD09 Light Load Member

    Mar 4, 2013
    Yeah and when you back into tight spots you know its ok to have to pull or whatever if need be. But when you go to an "easy" spot I almost tell myself i better get it in there because its simple
  4. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    the road less travelled
    I had a spot that was horrible, it wasn't easy and I had a heck of a time. After you get some experience, the easy stuff truly will be, don't worry about looking foolish at first. If you have the room, make it a straight back in. That improves your straight line backing at the same time.

    I have looked foolish a lot, not so much anymore, but then, no one really ever trained me, I learned as I went. They even fixed one of the crap holes we used to have to back into, and I did it better winging it into that one. It's across the Hudson so I don't care to see it but it happens.
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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    3 days is plenty with a trainer unless your in more complex trucking such as tanker, then about 10 days with trainer is sufficient.

    As far as backing, your problem with the easy wide open painted spaces is more common than you may think. Nothing to fret.
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  6. NavigatorWife

    NavigatorWife Road Train Member

    Apr 30, 2012
    Cental West, AL
    I would say slow down and don't overthink it so much. I'm not a driver, but have seen truckers get into places that you wouldn't think they could make it in, including some the husband had. With wide open spaces there is nothing to gauge your distance next to on either side is the problem I think, I bet if you put a person on either side of the trailer you would make it just fine.
  7. CaliforniaxCowboy

    CaliforniaxCowboy Light Load Member

    Apr 12, 2013
    I gave up on backing a long time ago. I'm that trucker you'll come across at the Pilot creating a parking space next to the scales and blocking traffic at six o clock in the morning. And when I get to a consignee, I show an exaggerated display of frustration, drop my trailer in the middle of the parking lot, and insist upon a yard dog to earn his hourly wage. I'm proud to be a swifty...
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  8. Newtrucker48

    Newtrucker48 Medium Load Member

    Jun 8, 2012
    Hey I'm with swift and I back up pretty good without all the extra drama.:) lol good idea about the yard dog thing though. Oh, to be honest I don't usually see swift trucks by the scales blocking traffic. But then again I'm usually in a spot before its packed, pull my curtains and relaxing and gone after my 10. So I may miss you on some occasions. Not to say I haven't thought about parking by the scales. Some guys are ingenious when it comes to finding a parking spot and or making one. Kudos to them, lol.
  9. KingTrucker

    KingTrucker Light Load Member

    Mar 19, 2013
  10. SmokeyCowboy009

    SmokeyCowboy009 Heavy Load Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    Watertown, WI
    If your having trouble getting into wide open area parking, imagine that there are obstacles in the way. Start developing a sense of sighting the way your going to back in to a spot. Walk it off how the truck will turn and checking the area for problems that might be an issue.
  11. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    Some of those wide open "easy" spaces with the painted lines aren't so easy if the lines aren't painted accurately. I had a rough time getting into an "easy" dock last week, with multiple pull ups, until I figured out that the lines were painted about 10º off perpendicular to the dock.... :biggrin_2556: ...

    ... a spray can of florescent paint fixed that. Put an "X" where you need to orient the rear axle for the pivot. If you don't have a handy can of paint, then a flattened coke can in the spot can help.
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