Truck Fleets With Automatics Transmissions

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Todd W.'s Comment
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I can tell you that where I work we have a mix of automatics and stick and I can use either one on a daily basis. About the only time I can get away with specifically asking for an automatic is when I have to take a full load into or out of San Francisco. Other then that you get what you can so it pays to be able to use both.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Knight is also switching to all automatics. I've driven the Volvo and International with auto and no thanks, not a huge fan.

Terry R.'s Comment
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What fleet or fleets has primarily or all automatic transmissions? Just finished driving school and have no desire to drive a stick.

Schneider is going all autos, about twenty percent so far, with in four years all autos, Freightliner Cascadias. Mesilla Valley used to be all autos I believe as well as PAM

Susan D. 's Comment
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West Side Transport is going all automatics with about 2/3 of their trucks being automatics now. All tractor replacements will be with an automatic. They replace them at 3 years old.

Jimmy D.'s Comment
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Averitt is a great company and most of the trucks are at least 2012 or newer and once they hit 600k they trade them in. I left because of injury so can't go back till 1 year goes by.

What fleet or fleets has primarily or all automatic transmissions? Just finished driving school and have no desire to drive a stick.

PPGER's Comment
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I believe Knight is transitioning to automatics too. I drove a 2015 International with an automatic and it was terrible. I now have a 2016 Freightliner with an automatic and I love it -- way better than the auto in the International! I also love how it has "descent control mode." Once you start the downgrade, with the cruise turned on, but not set, you turn on your engine brake, then when you are at the speed you want to maintain down the grade, you set the cruise and it will hold that speed down the grade. It modulates the engine brake setting and transmission gear to maintain the speed. I am impressed how well it usually works -- 6% grade at 79500 pounds and it'll hold it. Much less stressful!

Keys man's Comment
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Most all Dot Foods trucks are Volvo automatics

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Tom L.'s Comment
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May is switching to automatics because they are getting better fuel economy apparently.

James P.'s Comment
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I'm at orientation for Decker Truck Line, and it was mentioned that they currently have a mix of 13 speeds and autos, but all the new trucks they are getting are autos.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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May is switching to automatics because they are getting better fuel economy apparently.

I just spoke with May about a week ago and the recruiter told me that they primarily have 13 speeds. Not very many automatics.

US Xpress is all automatic but you can switch between fully automatic and fully manual. Still have a stick and everything. Great combo!

Werner is mostly automatic too.

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