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Posted:  7 years, 2 months ago

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I've been in training for 6 months and I still can't get the hang of shifting

Wow all I can say is wow.....That trainer sounds like a real piece of work. Without knowing all the factors, I think I'm still safe in saying that guy sucks if he can't find a way to get thru. Negative reinforcement is the all out WRONG way to teach anything!!! And I can't believe you made it six months with someone like that.

Again I don't know all the particulars. Is it just the shifting that's got him saying that or are there other things going on that had pushed him into saying something so stupid? I'd have to really be upset to say that. I bet if you ask my student, he'd tell you I'm a bit of a hard ass with things. I got mad a few times when I would tell him to "take the next left" or take the next exit and he passed them up even after me pointing and repeating " turn here, turn right here!!" Or getting upset enough at him to walk away because he missed roll call at the exam check in after I thought I made myself very clear when to be there.

Bottom line is it sounds like there MAY be a communication issue between you and he. If he gives you instruction, repeat it back. You may find out you didn't hear it the way he said it.

I'm not defending him mind you just offering a possible situation of what might be going on. It seems every issue I have is a communication issue with what I tell my student and what he actually hears.

If all else fails, you can ask for another trainer. Kind of a sticky spot with only 50 hours left. That's about a week of driving as long as you're doing the lion share of the driving like should you should be.

Lastly you say you've been driving for nearly 6 months, how many driving hours do you have in that amount of time? That seems like a long time to be in training.

I did not start with him, my first trainer was a really good teacher. I've been with this guy only a week . I need only 50 hours with him to finish my training. I'm trying to finish with no problems but everyday get worse and worse.

Posted:  7 years, 2 months ago

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I've been in training for 6 months and I still can't get the hang of shifting

Don't think so hard about shifting before you do it. Just rev the engine listen to it look at the rpms take your time don't stomp on the throttle like a car. Build up speed slowly until about 1300 rpms then clutch shift clutch. Its not a race. If you are sitting at a light and the cars next to you take off don't try doing what they are doing just take your time building speed slowly don't worry about the cars behind you if they want to go fast then tuff they can go around you. While your building up speed slowly that will also give that lead time you need to stop because the cars in front of young will take off. When down shifting you don't need to down shift thro every gear skip shift. Like when coming off the highway let the truck slow down even if you use a little break.let that motor bog down to 1000 to 800 rpm and below 35 mph then down shift to 8th then if you need to do that again let it bog down to the same and below 15 mph then down shift into 6th. With down shift its almost the same its clutch shift tap throttle clutch shift into gear. The key to it all is take your time your not drag racing or in a car. Do not stomp on the throttle

All the advice so far is great ,but dealing with a trainer that is constantly complaining in you ear is a little much. I don't know how to deal with this situation. I have my cdl. I just need 50 over the road hours . Example of one of his comments "if I was your boss,I would of fired you. That's why I'm not sure if this is for me.

Posted:  7 years, 2 months ago

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I've been in training for 6 months and I still can't get the hang of shifting

Ive been training for 6 months and I still can't get the hang of shifting ,I have 50 hours left before i graduate. and the last instructor I have is a real jerk .Im starting to think this is not for me.

yes i am

Posted:  7 years, 2 months ago

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I've been in training for 6 months and I still can't get the hang of shifting

Ive been training for 6 months and I still can't get the hang of shifting ,I have 50 hours left before i graduate. and the last instructor I have is a real jerk .Im starting to think this is not for me.

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