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Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Starting in 2nd gear from a stop!

One last question. Can I perform the same method while on an incline? Or would I have to do it the opposite way, slowly release the clutch until the point of contact , release the brake count to one and then accelerate lightly? There is a slight incline right before you leave out of the DDS and onto the road, I’ve managed to get over it before , but it was with a prayer and in 1st gear lol.

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Because I will be holding the clutch right below the “engaging” point it shouldn’t take me to long after I’ve started rolling to have the clutch fully released and ready to accelerate.

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It won't take long at all in 2nd gear, especially if you're pulling an empty trailer. It should take maybe two seconds from the time the clutch begins to engage until it's fully released.

Best of luck!

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Starting in 2nd gear from a stop!

Ok, thanks for the advice. After practicing this weekend and learning that technique I feel better about starting from a stop. Just didn’t want to impede traffic after I get it rolling while slowly releasing the clutch, but I’d rather be be safe and slow rather than rushing and do something wrong. I really appreciate all of the wisdom you guys have shared. Because I will be holding the clutch right below the “engaging” point it shouldn’t take me to long after I’ve started rolling to have the clutch fully released and ready to accelerate. Thank you guys so much! Wish me luck!

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Starting in 2nd gear from a stop!

Thanks guys for the warm welcome. I take my Road portion this Wednesday and I just wanted to make sure that I have this method down. So before we leave the DDS yard I will attempt this method. While rolling and still holding the clutch before the engagement point, should I wait until I have fully released the clutch before giving it gas, and then shifting to 4th, or would I have to roll a bit with now acceleration, let the clutch engage, and then give it gas? I know I might be talking in circles , I just don’t want to take to long releasing the clutch before the light turns red again!

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Starting in 2nd gear from a stop!

Hey guys/gals! We were taught in CDL school to start from a stop in 4th gear! I can do this easily at school but for the test I can’t seem to take off without stalling. I think I may have found a way to take off from a stop in 2nd without stalling but my way seems unorthodox!! While I’m at the red light, I hold both the clutch and the brake in. While the light is still red I perform a “tug” test to see how far I need to push the clutch in just to hold. While holding the clutch “before” the engaging point, I release the brakes and let the torque pull the truck forward, while easing further off the clutch, once the clutch is fully engaged I give it gas. My problem is I think I am doing this way to slow and all wrong, but it works for me most times. Do you guys have any pointers, to improve take off without stalling?

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