Rookies mistakes happen take your time and breath

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by WrightTrucker33, Nov 27, 2020.

  1. WrightTrucker33

    WrightTrucker33 Light Load Member

    Sep 11, 2019
    It’s an overrated experience, your not missing anything lol
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  3. WrightTrucker33

    WrightTrucker33 Light Load Member

    Sep 11, 2019
    I was! And that being my first day back on the road made it worst. If I was at fault I would of gotten fired. Hand to God if I didn’t live in Houston Tx I’d deny loads there.
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  4. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    I've done stupid things myself man.....but the stupid mistakes are what makes you better
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  5. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    There're 2 types of accidents. Human error & mechanical error. Both end up badly.
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  6. Pittstruck

    Pittstruck Light Load Member

    Apr 2, 2014
    I think you’d be hard pressed to find a driver out here who has never goofed up. I’ll tell you mine since the statute of limitations is up.
    I dropped a trailer in a yard in New Jersey one time, tight little place with a rutted out lot. Anyway while backing into the hole between 2 other trailers I managed to catch my right front fender on the right front corner of another trailer......... everything went into slow motion. I had that feeling you get when you don’t want to get out and look but knew I had to, and when I did I saw a 1 foot long by 1/2 inch deep gouge in the fiberglass fender. ( in a brand new freightliner with 60000 miles )
    Being young and dumb, and knowing nobody saw me do it...... I decided it best to hightail it to Doswell VA to the truck stop for the weekend. I tell you it bothered me the entire way, but you reach a point of no return where it becomes harder to explain what you did, the further you literally drive away from it.
    I spent the weekend, not sleeping and thinking about my situation. Even got a hotel room because I didn’t want to look at the truck. Knowing that the truckstop didn’t have cameras , Monday morning I marched out to the truck, marched back to the fuel desk, and asked what I already knew the answer to......” nope sorry no cameras “...... well what the #%^! Some **#%*. Hit my truck this weekend. Called the cops and got a report written up and continued on my way.
    Lesson I learned? Doesn’t matter how small or large you mess up..... always fess up ! Immediately ! Also pay attention when your backing up....... to what’s in front of you also.
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  7. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    Going to construction sites, taking out phone and cable lines, and very rarely an electrical feed happens.
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  8. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    It can happen fast,,this guy was lucky.
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  9. 50WT

    50WT Bobtail Member

    Dec 26, 2015
    We all make mistakes, get in hurry, not paying attention, it happens.
    The important thing is slow down when you need to . Get out and look if you need to.
    I started driving for my dad in 1974 and could write book about some of my many screw ups . But hey I'm getting better, I haven't hit anything all day !
  10. Trucking in Tennessee

    Trucking in Tennessee Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    I have never been told after I bumped the dock to slide my tandems. Always before I dock. I would also not take the word of a secretary that it was OK to pull away from the dock. How would she know? I would have pulled out, slid them and backed in again.
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  11. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I’d love to know the story behind that one.
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