Kyle Amaral
about 1 year ago
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He forced me to back up!!

First day of class was this past Saturday. We got thrown in the fire without any knowledge of how to back. The instructor showed us once and that was it. Then he expects us all to do it perfectly. I hit like 10 cones and felt like an ass, but a buddy of mine actually backed the truck straight into a ditch. Why they even had the truck anywhere near a ditch I have no clue. The instructor turned red and I really thought he was going to kill somebody. I feel like the videos I watch on Youtube been more helpful than what this guy has taught us. Is this what usually happens?? What should I do?

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Truman Cross
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No I'm a trainer and the best way to learn is to just do it. Yes your gonna screw up hints the word learning but just keep on and you will get whether the teacher sucks if you want the trailor to go right turn left and if you want it to go left turn right just like backing up a small trailor same concept. I've been in the oilfield 20 years and trucking not hard just takes time hope this helps and if you fall in a ditch call a wrecker they will know what to do you won't be the first or the last I promise.

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Jason Taney
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I'm also an instructor and he's right you learn by doing but if your instructor has a temper and no patients then you're not going to learn. Common sense will go along way. It's easy once you get going

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Brennan Schoenfeld
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First off, get out of whatever school that is and find a more reputable one. No that is not normal, or at very least this isn't right or safe. From what I gather the mega carrier driver farms do this crap a lot. On the very rare occasion we hire a virgin diver with no experience/ no CDL, they'll spend a minimum of 5/6 days a week for 4 months at least training. One on one, in the real world. Once we know they understand the fundamentals. After that they run convoy with another driver for an additional 2 to 3 months. That's how we do things, and its working very well for us.

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Matthew Dillon
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The " instructor " needs some instruction. He has no business getting upset with any of you. I have been doing this job for over 20 years. The instructor needs to be in the cab, during the backing maneuvering, explaining what to look for and what mirrors you should be looking at. Move small, miss small. Always turn the wheel towards the danger side. Do everything at a super slow pace. Get out and look as much as think you should. For beginners, ask for help from spotters. They need to be standing on either side of the trailer and clearly visible in the larger mirror. As an owner operator, I would PREFER you ask for help. Dont get in a hurry. And if you have a c.b., ask helpers to go to another channel. Be patient. It ain't no freaking race. I will purposely mess with hecklers because it's fun.

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Steve Lanham
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I was a instructor at a truck driver trading school for 3 years. I walked right beside the drivers door and told the student which way to turn the wheel until they got the hang of it.

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Stacie Harris
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Sounds like that instructor need to take a chill pill. I taught for 3 years and you have to have patience.

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Tony Moler
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Ues

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Tony Moler
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Sorry yes

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Pat ML
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Practice makes perfect. Imagine when you are actually on the job with such poor training? Seems as though this is becoming the norm. Some companies seem not to want to invest much into training anymore. Does not sound like a good instructor because he will realize that it requires patience.

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Gregory Winterhalter
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If their training skills and communication abilities are so poor, you don't want to work for them!

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