Learning To Drive A Manual

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Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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So, I have no idea how to drive a manual even in a passenger car. Never had to learn, and considering I've worked in a major city for most of my adult life driving a manual in stop and go traffic sounded about as much fun as pouring lye into my eyeballs every morning. Less fun, in fact.

I've already had someone tell me not to worry and that it's actually better to learn from the ground up on a big rig. I'm just curious about anyone else's experiences.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Yes they are correct... At this point in time cuz you never drove a manual you don't have any bad habits and that makes it easier to learn cuz a big rig shifts a lot different then a 4 wheeler....

Tyler Durden's Comment
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So, I have no idea how to drive a manual even in a passenger car. Never had to learn, and considering I've worked in a major city for most of my adult life driving a manual in stop and go traffic sounded about as much fun as pouring lye into my eyeballs every morning. Less fun, in fact.

I've already had someone tell me not to worry and that it's actually better to learn from the ground up on a big rig. I'm just curious about anyone else's experiences.

Not having experience driving manual is better when you need to learn on a truck. I'm in school now and up shifts I got pretty quick.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Awesome. I was hoping to get someone who was going through the same thing. My husband has been teasing me about being a small Asian woman driver behind that wheel learning all this new stuff. rofl-1.gif

Michael C.'s Comment
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So, I have no idea how to drive a manual even in a passenger car. Never had to learn, and considering I've worked in a major city for most of my adult life driving a manual in stop and go traffic sounded about as much fun as pouring lye into my eyeballs every morning. Less fun, in fact.

I've already had someone tell me not to worry and that it's actually better to learn from the ground up on a big rig. I'm just curious about anyone else's experiences.

I had the same worry and was told the same thing by my recruiter. Shifting a big rig vs a car is like night and day. I really hope i don't destroy a transmission before i learn to shift properly...

I-68 & I-79's Comment
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Awesome. I was hoping to get someone who was going through the same thing. My husband has been teasing me about being a small Asian woman driver behind that wheel learning all this new stuff. rofl-1.gif

Oh never mind, you definitely look for a school who use automatics. good-luck-2.gif JK

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Hahahaha! Nooooo.....I'll learn one way or another.

Tyler Durden's Comment
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Hahahaha! Nooooo.....I'll learn one way or another.

Prepare to be humbled and don't expect to be perfect. You will grind gears you will miss gears. It's normal. You just have to be able to tell yourself I can do this and I won't give up. Before I started the school I had no idea what to expect. It is A LOT TO LEARN. But stay positive and you can do it.

Beth S.'s Comment
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Does learning to shift gears in a truck result in the same kind of whiplash that learning to shift gears in little Mazda does?

Tyler Durden's Comment
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Does learning to shift gears in a truck result in the same kind of whiplash that learning to shift gears in little Mazda does?

When starting out. Yes. You will bounce and jerk a good bit

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