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Posted: 09/07/20 03:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I will jump on this band wagon and agree with all others, practice, practice, practice. Its the best tool. I think Mommalu hit it on the head!

I find with my tow dolly ( i am sure 4 down will be the same) you need more turning room so you do not run over the curb. Its in the mirrors, they tell the story. I learned alot about turning watching how truck drivers handle the turns, bus drivers are another one to watch.

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haste maker wrote:

I know I will be put down for saying this...but I am going to say it anyway...I feel that anyone that drives a class A should have at least a class B CDL...this would insure the driver that they know what they are doing & make them more confident about driving something new to them...OK time put me down for me thoughts.


And not just handling of the vehicle. Get the CDL study materials. Learn to do the inspection

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Seat time is invaluable. That said, turning safely is paramount but knowing your air system is right up there with it. Know how to bleed the air tanks, know how your air brakes work etc. Here in America, we are lacking in teaching what we should know before getting behind the wheel....Dennis


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I recently taught our daughter how to drive their 42’ DP in two, 2 hour sessions. Started in a large empty parking lot next to a straight line. Put piece of black tape on bottom of the windshield for the edge of the road...helps in construction zones. Adjusted R convex mirror down so you can see the white edge strip and any cars in the blind spot. Sitting in front of the steer tires requires waiting longer to start your turns, even hanging the front out over the grass. Spent most of the first lesson maneuvering around small cones I put out duplicating various types of turns.

Final test was 10 miles on a narrow, curvy undulating road which was as bad as anything you’ll find...she did great. 4 days later we left for a month out West in 2 DPs pulling toads...did the 1500 miles to CO in 2 days. When asked why the 1500 miles in 2 days? She said she was afraid I’d go off and leave her. She did the 2200 miles home on her own. I dinged a bay door, she did not.


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The pivot point is at the back wheel on the inside of the turn.

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Practice and just do it. Trying to put markers on windshields and such is going to get you on trouble if you rely on this kind of thing. All corners are not 90 degrees, some are greater and some are less.
Ramps on and off 4 lane limited access roads are good places to practice this. Exit right, turn left and the turn left again heading the other direction.

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