Starting to regret trucking school

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by Doggod, Jun 7, 2022.

  1. Doggod

    Doggod Bobtail Member

    Jun 7, 2022
    Almost done with trucking school. Just started practicing behind the wheel and am starting to realize that this may not be for me. So far I’m driving automatic and I have been doing well on the road, but my backing is terrible. Being behind the wheel is intimidating and i just don’t feel safe and trust myself enough to be safe. I don’t want to drive manual and feel like I am behind in terms of skills. I have invested 2k in school, I have my cdl a permit, and maybe a 1.5-2 weeks left until I finish, but driving on the road has kind of intimidated me enough to not want to continue, for the safety of others and myself. Just want to hear thoughts/feedback if anyone feels or has felt this way. Maybe some advice, just discuss
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Your feelings are not uncommon. Keep moving ahead; don't miss out on this chance for a great career that is immune from recessions.
    Plenty of companies will hire you and you don't need to be able to use a stick shift.
    Where is your location; state and nearest city/town. We'll help you find a decent company that will further your training.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2022
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  4. pumpkinishere

    pumpkinishere Heavy Load Member

    Apr 21, 2021
    I was terrible at backing. It takes practice. As far as driving yes it is very intimidating at first. My rule always is don’t make quick decisions. Keep your distance from other semis and four wheelers but you will be fine. Truckers are very good with helping truckers out. Like if you go somewhere and have trouble backing and others see a lot of times truckers will get out and help you guide the truck in where it needs to be. You are most certainly in your head about things, you need to stop that immediately. No one ever graduates cdl driving school as a great driver. Yea some or better than others but like I said my key things are keeping my distance for others on the road. Do not make quick decisions like lane changes or taking exits and just practice. The more you are in the truck the better you get. Now I have 4 years driving and I still respect this machine im driving and I just take my time getting places. You must get yourself out of your head.
  5. newnew

    newnew Bobtail Member

    Dec 4, 2021
    Atlanta, GA
    This. Don’t overthink it dude!
  6. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    Your hesitation and concern in your abilities is a sign that you will be a good driver with time. You'll make mistakes, we all have. Just don't keep making the same ones, right. Good drivers don't happen overnight. You'll be fine and good luck in your career. Heck I drove 40 yrs and still can't back up.:D
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  7. kranky1

    kranky1 Road Train Member

    Sep 16, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    Trucks are no different than rank bulls and grizzly bears. You have to treat them with respect, the moment you lose that they have a habit of killing you.
  8. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Road Train Member

    Sep 26, 2019
    Most drivers come out of school with a CDL and still need a lot of work to get backing under control. Get with a good training company after you graduate and that's when you'll start to get better. It will take time as others have said. For some more time than others, few are good from the start. Just always take your time and don't rush. Get out and look, stop and figure things out. Do what your head tells you to do, and you'll be fine.
  9. RubyEagle

    RubyEagle Medium Load Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Check our MyTruckingSkills' YouTube channel. He has amazing views of his backing even uses a drone for an overhead view.

    Also you can download and play for free EuroTruck Simulator and American Truck Simulator for PC. They will both help with understanding backing. You can do incab and outside views.
  10. Elroythekid

    Elroythekid Road Train Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    Halifax Nova Scotia
    If you wernt scared, I'd be scared. Trust me.
    You really need to approach this as an everyday you learn something new kind of thing....... Right to the day you retire.
    As far as backing up... there are days I can put this thing on a dime and give you .09c change. I even impress myself.
    Then... there are days I cant get it straight to save my life, and I realize I'm a 20 yr, however many miles, rookie.
    Take your time, you'll get this.
    As much as some days I hate this, I wouldn't change it for the world.
  11. austinmike

    austinmike Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2011
    Its a big step wrangling these trucks down the road - First time I drove on the highway, another truck passed me and I nearly shat my pants lol - When I went out with my trainer, I thought Oh no what have I gotten myself into this time !? - Youve gone this far, stick with it and it does get easier - Best of Luck
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