Investigating Trucking Companies, Any Words Of Wisdom?

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Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Make that SNOWY or icy roads.

Tia's Comment
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Sounds like a smart approach. As far as driving a manual... I don't think it will really help. Double clutching changes EVERYRHING! I can drive a manual and aside from moving trucks have driven son of the biggest trucks you don't need a cdl for. I'm trying to forget what I know lol so that is totally up too you. https://youtu.be/DGYuONwK7Nc

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.

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.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Interesting. I figured since I've never driven a manual it would be good for me to learn just so I understand how the shift/clutch works. But if it would be better to wait until they teach me there, I'll likely do that.

Tia's Comment
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I think the theory would be good to learn, listening to the rpms and the timing of the shifting of an automatic even. It is harder to break a habit than to make a new one, so if you get used to driving a manual, double clutching might be easier to understand but difficult to actually do. It is completely up to you though. Familiarity is always good.

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.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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I'll think about it. First I have to find someone with a manual who will be willing to teach me. I live outside of Washington DC and traffic here is murder. Not many people I know drive manuals because of how much stop and go traffic there is in the area. At least if I don't learn before training they won't count it against me.

Tia's Comment
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Listen to the rpms, if you can know when your automatic should shift, you will know when to shift your rig.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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I think I can do that easily enough. Good idea!

Tia's Comment
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Of course you can! Good luck and keep at it. You've got a great mindset. Hope to see you out there some day!good-luck.gif

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Thanks! Same to you! And I'm sure we will. It's a small world! smile.gif

pacrattswife 's Comment
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Hello ladies,

I'm brand new here on the forums, and pretty new to the trucking world. I'm wanting to join a company that will do the CDL training as well as all the regular training, that will let me take my dog with me on occasion, and that will have cross country routes. (That's OTR , right? Still learning the lingo.) I live in northern Virginia and was wondering how proximity to training location impacts a company's decision to hire someone. I don't mind living in the area while training, but was wondering if a move to that location is necessary to actually be employed.

I've seen a lot online about Swift, Conway, Prime, and Schneider. They all look pretty good to me. One that has really gotten my attention is Roehl. Have any of you driven for any of these and can say what it's like? I understand being super new I'm not going to get all the prime routes and such the first year or so, so I'm just looking for a good company overall, as well as one that is hopefully amenable to be still living in VA when I'm not out on the road.

Also, I'm super interested in the long drives out, solo or team. I used to tour with bands in a tour bus, so being gone for a month or so at a time is totally no problem. I actually love it, and I miss the schedule, which is why I'm looking at trucking as my next career.

Thanks in advance for any advice you may have!

Hi, I am with my husband while he's working for swift, just want to let u know they have a no pets policy, someone ruined it for everyone, so swift probly wouldn't be the best option if you're wanting g to being a pet 😕

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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