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Big Scott's Comment
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Good luck with your training. Just remember we all had our difficulties during training. Learning your pretrip is all memorization. Look for Daniels pre trip here. Pre trip study info. Listen to what your instructors tell you to get your maneuvers down. We are here to help. Good luck.

Joe S.'s Comment
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I did it! Passed my written tests. All I had to take was General Knowledge and Air Brakes. Did not have to take Doubles or Texas Law due to already a Class A. Have the weekend to rest the on Monday it's 4 weeks of pre-trips, practice backing, driving then the big test.

Later.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

G-Town's Comment
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Fantastic...congratulations!

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Congrats!!!!

Drive Safe and God Speed.

Joe S.'s Comment
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Day 4 of skills out on the practice range. Been straight for 3 days and went out on the road for a test drive yesterday morning. Did really good at straight backing and learning how to double clutch on downshifting. Today there will be 6 of us moving over to off set backing and more rode driving.

That's all for now.

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.

Ray A.'s Comment
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I actually used this to get all of my endorsements before school but it did not cover everything on the new tests. Nevertheless it still helped me tremendously.

Congratulations. Good luck. Have you seen this? High Road Training Program It's the best study guide for getting your permit and endorsements. And this is our basic starter pack.

We are here to offer you help, advise and motivation.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Joe S.'s Comment
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Second day out on the road. Having a tough time double clutching. Especially on down shifting. It's tough. Didn't do to bad on the off set backing. Got it the first time. Have to keep practicing on the shifting.

Thank for everyone's advice. All I can take will help.

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.

Double Clutching:

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Joe wrote:

Second day out on the road. Having a tough time double clutching. Especially on down shifting. It's tough. Didn't do to bad on the off set backing. Got it the first time. Have to keep practicing on the shifting.

Thank for everyone's advice. All I can take will help.

Although I am not observing you shift; two things come to mind, try not to rush the movement out of gear, neutral then into gear. Pause ever so slightly when in neutral using a "one---two" cadence.

Second thought try not to push the clutch in too far, no more than two inches. Beyond that the clutch brake begins to catch slowing things down.

It will come to you...repetition is the "Mother" load of learning this. Good luck.

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.

Double Clutching:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Joe S.'s Comment
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School is going really great. Out on the road half a day and on the driving range for half a day. Getting better at shifting thanks to G-Town's advice. Thanks! Getting the hang of backing. Nailed the parallel parking the first time I tried it. No problems with the straight backing and the off set backing. Eight more days till test time with the Texas DPS.

Just more practice, practice, and practice.

That's all for now.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Great to hear! Glad the shifting has been coming along well; it's ok to miss a gear, the important thing is to be able to recover from it. Old School mentioned in another thread awhile back that as most gears missed are at slower speeds, 6th gear is perhaps easiest to find and therefore a good 'recovery' or 'go-to' gear. It will accommodate slow-to-medium speeds.

Keep up the good work!

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