What exactly are they teaching trainees?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by FearTheCorn, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. FearTheCorn

    FearTheCorn Light Load Member

    Jan 6, 2019
    I had two things that recently happened that made me wonder. I was behind a new solo driver as he was getting his CAT ticket and he stared at it for awhile, then turned to me and showed me the ticket. He asked if he was legal. He was, but man he should have known that.
    The other was at Walmart and I saw a CR England trainer with her student do a classic high hook picking up their trailer and were going to leave like that. I went over and helped them fix it. Maybe it's just me, but this is basic stuff.
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  3. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2020
    West Central, FL
    It's definitely information I need. So when I get out there I know what the heck I'm doing. I am thankful for all of you experts on here. Well experienced drivers. Not sure if all of you are experts LOL
  4. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    What exactly are they teaching trainees?

    Nothing, as far as I can tell.
  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Can't learn it all in CDL school. No one hit the road knowing everything.
    All experienced drivers should give a helping hand like you are doing.
  6. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    New England area
    CDL school's most times, only explain to you how not to be over weight. but they have no CAT scales for demonstrations. so the bulk of training lays on the trucking company, that hires the newbies.

    and in my first few trips when i was new, i still had doubts on the weights.
  7. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2017
    The Sticks, Idaho
    What exactly are they teaching trainees?

    How to hold a steering wheel... Barely.
  8. black_dog106

    black_dog106 Road Train Member

    Mar 29, 2009
    Saw a JB driver recently, trying to back up on a short, straight piece of road. When the trailer started to drift off to the side, she had NO idea how to steer and correct to stay in a straight line. She kept pulling ahead to straighten out and try again, hoping by luck trailer would stay inline behind as she backed up. After watching for a few minutes and several attempts(it was painful to watch), I couldn't stand it anymore and offered to help. At first she ignored me, thinking I was screwing with her, or maybe it was pride? After a couple more failed attempts, she let me help her...
    How do these people get their license? When I took the test, we had to do the three backing maneuvers successfully. Parallel park blind side, back into a 90° turn "dock " and back in straight line. If any maneuver wasn't successful within three pullups, we failed.
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  9. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    It is what is to be expected from Dumb and Dumber program participants.
  10. Gdog66223

    Gdog66223 Road Train Member

    Dec 30, 2017
    Coal Town
    "Welcome to Truck Driving School--- Sign Here and Pay here. Thank you, Next!"
  11. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    Humboldt, Sk
    In Alberta I was only required to do one blind side back in. However we were only allowed to pull ahead one time.
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