Question About Driving Manual.

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John L.'s Comment
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So the past couple of months iv had a strong interest in becoming a truck driver and iv been studying as I should as well as finding a company such as Pam transport to start off with for their training and gaining the experience il need in the long run,yet i have no idea how to drive a manual. I have no experience what so ever in driving with a stick shift and using the clutch. Does anyone have any suggestions,tips or link any info that may help?

Pastor C.'s Comment
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So the past couple of months iv had a strong interest in becoming a truck driver and iv been studying as I should as well as finding a company such as Pam transport to start off with for their training and gaining the experience il need in the long run,yet i have no idea how to drive a manual. I have no experience what so ever in driving with a stick shift and using the clutch. Does anyone have any suggestions,tips or link any info that may help?

From what I understand driving a stick is different in a four wheeler than in a semi. I know you cannot just simply upshift and down****, as a semi doesn't have syncronizers. You have to double clutch and rev match. Look up on YouTube on how to double clutch and rev match

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.

C. S.'s Comment
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Your lack of previous shifting experience in a four wheeler will not hinder you. In fact, it might help. You have no "bad habits" from shifting to overcome. I learned to drive truck and had never driven a regular manual (still haven't, actually); my boyfriend had. We both learned to shift just fine, he just had a slightly rougher time getting rid of some of his old habits while driving the truck.

Second Chance's Comment
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You'll be fine! So many people stress out about it, and that makes it harder. Just relax and have fun. Every truck is slightly different. A couple tips: don't press the clutch in all the way, you don't need to. You it will also speed your clutches up. The general rule is you shift at 1300 rpm (10 speed) 1-5, Tbar up, and 1600 rpm 6-10. There is also progressive shifting where you raise the rpm slightly for each shift. Carrying heavy loads sometimes you need to raise the rpms higher because the load will kick the truck back slowing toofast, especially on an up grade.

When your shifting down you slow to drop your Rpms to a 1000 or so, clutch in, hit gear in nutreul, hit the fuel hard enough to raise the rpms to between 1300-1600 depending on shifting to 10-6 or 5-1, clutch in and shift into lower gear. It seems complicated but the action is so fast and smooth it becomes second nature. Don't forget Tbar down shifting back into the low range gears 5-1.

There is also a bump and run technique that can be affective in certain situations, but just wait to be taught. The worst thing you can do is over think it. You will get it!

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G-Town's Comment
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John, The instructors you'll be working with and learning from are trained and experienced in teaching students how to shift an un-synchronized manual truck transmission. Just try to relax and not worry about it.

Steve L.'s Comment
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John, The instructors you'll be working with and learning from are trained and experienced in teaching students how to shift an un-synchronized manual truck transmission. Just try to relax and not worry about it.

John L. I agree with G-Town. Don't listen to us about rpm's 'cause it can vary on vehicles. I was trained to shift at 1100 & 1300, then got into a truck that I was told to shift at 1200 & 1400 and when I did, smooth as silk.

Less drama = greater satisfaction.

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