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Jason C.'s Comment
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Currently I work at western express van division but started in flatbed. Anyways been looking for new job that can get me home weekly rather than once a month I do now. Found a small trucking near where I live like 5min drive maybe. They have manual transmissions and I haven't drove those since 2012. Western has mostly autos. Any advice on shifting would be appreciated very much. Thanks

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
C T.'s Comment
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How long have you been with WE? Are you under contract?

Jason C.'s Comment
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Almost a year but also have 1.5 years else were. Not under contract

C T.'s Comment
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We recommend staying with a company for a year before moving on which you've done. Most flatbed companies offer weekly home time. I'm with Maverick. There is also TMC and McElroy. Have you asked your FM for options within the company?

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Jason C.'s Comment
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Rpm trucking in Hudson Indiana has already said I'm good to so that's my next job sorry if I didn't clairify I was mainly looking for some shifting tips since I haven't driven a manual since 2012

C T.'s Comment
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Just do a quick search on YouTube. Better to see what's going on visually, for me anyways.

Jason C.'s Comment
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That's what I been doing but more advice doesn't hurt and I'm nervous about starting a new job

Steve L.'s Comment
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If you can, ask the new company what RPM's their's shift at. That way you can start thinking about that as you watch the videos.

Also, read any training material you might still have from when you learned shifting. Anything to help bring back your skills.

You might wanna ask if you'll be in a 10speed, 13 or something else.

Try to think of tips that helped you before, like which gear for speed and maybe focus on downshifting since that's often the bigger challenge people face.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

Tractor Man's Comment
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You state that you have Driven a Manual Truck before. As they say, it's kinda' like riding a bicycle, you never forget! Pay close attention to the shift points and RPM's on your automatic, just mimic those in the manual and it will drop right into gear! Congrats on the Local Gig!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Jason, Tractor Man is right: is not something you forget.

I learned manual/double clutch shifting in school bus and motor coaches over 20 years ago (the industry had already switched from mules to diesel by then), and when I stepped into a Swift truck 2 years ago it was like old times.

No sweat.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

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