Upgrading tomorrow!

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Penumbra, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. Penumbra

    Penumbra Light Load Member

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    Well everyone, after being stuck alone in a hotel in Ohio for 3 nights, I will be finishing my upgrading tomorrow.

    I did most of the written tests when I got here. I need to do the road test (it’s an automatic so I’m not too worried about that), backing test, and pretrip test.

    the only two things that worry me are:

    pulling the trailer out from between two other trailers. Sometimes, I get behind the wheel and it seems like no problem, other times it feels like the wall/row of trucks in front of me is too close and I have a hard time pulling out and turning without getting too close to the trailers beside me, or I have difficulty getting pulled out then turning hard enough to avoid hitting the obstacles in front of me.

    secondly, 45 degree backs. I know HOW to do them, but setting myself up for them, then reading what my trailer is doing is really difficult for me. It just feels like I’m shooting blindly at the hole and hope I hit it. I’m having real anxiety about having to do that in truck stops at the end of my shift. I’m worried I won’t be able to get in, and that I’ll not be able to find a place to park before my HOS is up!

    advice would do wonders to calm me down going into tomorrow!
     
  2. austinmike

    austinmike Road Train Member

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    well, sorry you are stuck in ohio. me and that state dont get along lol - dont over think things - easy to say but not so easy to do - youll be fine - good luck
     
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  3. CrappieJunkie

    CrappieJunkie Wishin' I was fishin'

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    Backing up an automatic truck is different than a stick shift. You can't ride the clutch and you have to be careful on lining up.
     
  4. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

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    As far as pulling out from between two trailers, just square off your turn. Don't touch the wheel until your trailer wheels are at the front of the trailer on your side.

    45 degree backing...takes much practice. Just hug the driver's side of the spot with your trailer so you can see what you're doing and have extra space on the passenger side.
     
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  5. Penumbra

    Penumbra Light Load Member

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    Square off meaning pull straight then turn hard?
     
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  6. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    I have been in places where I had to pull straight too far to make the turn, make what you can and back up just enough to finish the turn.
     
  7. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

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    Yes, exactly.
     
  8. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

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    Yeah that, or if you're turning right, you can button hook to the left. That helps as well.
     
  9. Tx Countryboy

    Tx Countryboy Road Train Member

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    Good luck
     
  10. Penumbra

    Penumbra Light Load Member

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    I passed. 2 pull ups because I didn’t chase quick enough, but I was in control and knew what I was doing.
     
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