One of the most basic mistakes a truck driver can make when just starting out is pretending he can get out of a jam by himself. Of course, the driver can be female, but the same thing applies. When the wrong turn or shortcut ends up in a tricky maneuvering situation, it’s time to forget about pride and ask for help.
For instance, hauling a load to a rural fruit processing plant in orchard country means some routes have tricky spots. Rural roads tend to be leftovers from a different kind of transportation and they aren’t designed for long vehicles. A road that ends with a sharp-angled left to get on the highway to the plant just might mean disaster. A lot of innocent-looking sharp turns have ditches and uneven ground that can spell bad news for a big rig trying to get around that angle.
Connect with somebody who knows the roads and see if turning right will get you to a spot where you can turn around without getting stuck. The last thing you need is trying to turn around blind. Pull over if possible, put out the safety triangles and wear your reflective vest while you do it. Call for help and let the local police direct traffic and get you safely on your way without property damage. The thing is, you can’t see everywhere around the truck, and you can’t maneuver your vehicle safely without spotters and traffic control.
It’s tempting to try to keep your predicament private, but most of the time you’ll just get in a bigger mess. Chalk it up to experience, learn from your mistakes, and know that most veteran truck drivers have made this one at least once in their career.
There’s another time that not asking for help is a mistake — Financial Assistance can usually find money to pay for your training at Diesel Truck Driver Training School in programs to help American workers find jobs or something similar. But you have to ask.