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Chris W.'s Comment
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I just recently got my learner permit and have started training with the "transportation" company I work for. Keep in mind I'm VERY new to driving a tractor and double-clutching is resulting in a lot of gear grinding. The person training me has 20+ years experience diving and is not very patient. I think they have tithe thinking that because they can do it I should be able to do it as well. Any tips or suggestions to help me out? Any advice would be extremely appreciated.

PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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I can only share with you what I have learned from reading all the threads and posts on this site ... so here goes.

1st...you will only be with your trainer for a few weeks, so smile a lot, keep an open mind, and try to hear what he is trying to teach you.

2nd... keep in mind that part of training is to 'test you' in ways you may not be accustomed to, or even to be expecting. I was reading a thread when I first found this site about a trainer that just kept drilling a newbie student. Turns out, he was testing him on his patience, and whether he could stay even tempered and even minded. At the end of the thread, the trainer gave the student high reviews to the dispatcher , and they remain friends today.

3rd...Communicate. If after a week or so, you still feel like your trainer isn't 'easing up', let him know, but without attacking him. Maybe you respond better to a different type of teaching. Talk it out with him. Ask him why he does things a certain way. My guess is, with 20 years experience he's learned a thing or two and does things for a reason. Try to crawl inside his head and figure that out.

Finally, if all else fails, and you truly believe the two of you can't get along, you can always request a new trainer. I hear there are some bad ones out there, but I'm willing to bet if you keep an open mind, are able to keep a level head, and are able to effectively communicate with your trainer, these issues will work themselves out.

Oh, and also remember, it is a difficult process to live inside a closet with somebody with you 2 being all up in each others business, so ask yourself, if its the trainer that is giving you difficulties, or are you just unaccustomed to 'rubbing elbows' with another dude 24/7/365?

Give it a chance. Talk it out. Keep an open mind. You'll make it

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Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
alongtimecomin(Steve Thom's Comment
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Very few people shift without grinding when they start. Just keep doing your best to learn and listen to your trainer. Main thing is stay calm. If you start rushing when the trainer is getting ansy it is not going to help at all. Without being there I don't have any idea what the issue is such as arm speed between gears or not correct rpms ect. My suggestion is to ask the trainer outside of the truck before to start the day what he feels is causing the issue. Chances are if you talk to him at a time the problem is NOT going on he will have a lot calmer dimeanor. Good luck

Britton R.'s Comment
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Search double clutching on youtube. There are some videos that show how to double clutch. With those you may see it a different way or hear it from another perspective. Then you can apply it to what you already know. It may help to make things click for you. Youre new, so you should be expected to grind a bit. Just keep working at it. Focus, and get better every day.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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Here's that thread I was telling you. It was written by OldSchool

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