Anyone Else On The 'Petite' Side?? :) Oh, And Learning To Drive A Stick??

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KaSandra 's Comment
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Hey:) Posted this in the gals section(also) but just curious.. I'm a little over 5' (maybe 5'1?..not sure,:).cuz height has been mentioned at times-does it effect you too much bein a tad petite?? :) ..My situation is I'm JUST checking into a school.....NO idea what I'm gonna do but have seen MANY women drivers lately!! Very excited,,,nervous about shifting/learning a stick..School I'm checking out seems cool..I got a good vibe when I finally decided to check them out..Guy was NOT concerned I haven't driven a stick at all! I am quite an optimist and some have tried to discourage me but I wonder about their motives..Good luck in all you do!!Thanks for ANY wisdom.. ~KaSandra

tripletdad's Comment
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I'm a guy, and in the average size frame, so I can't add much here, but I've heard that it'll probably be easier for someone that's never driven a manual transmission than it is for someone that does it regularly. I think you'll be fine.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Driving an 18 wheeler and double clutching is a completely different animal than driving a manual transmission in a car. You will be at an advantage because you haven't learned bad habits.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Hey:) Posted this in the gals section(also) but just curious.. I'm a little over 5' (maybe 5'1?..not sure,:).cuz height has been mentioned at times-does it effect you too much bein a tad petite?? :) ..My situation is I'm JUST checking into a school.....NO idea what I'm gonna do but have seen MANY women drivers lately!! Very excited,,,nervous about shifting/learning a stick..School I'm checking out seems cool..I got a good vibe when I finally decided to check them out..Guy was NOT concerned I haven't driven a stick at all! I am quite an optimist and some have tried to discourage me but I wonder about their motives..Good luck in all you do!!Thanks for ANY wisdom.. ~KaSandra

One of the drivers I slip-seat with is 5' tall, she has no problem at all. Very competent and skilled driver.

KaSandra 's Comment
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Driving an 18 wheeler and double clutching is a completely different animal than driving a manual transmission in a car. You will be at an advantage because you haven't learned bad habits.

Yeah, I have heard it IS easier to teach those without bad habits..Thank you for your input!! :)

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.
KaSandra 's Comment
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Hey:) Posted this in the gals section(also) but just curious.. I'm a little over 5' (maybe 5'1?..not sure,:).cuz height has been mentioned at times-does it effect you too much bein a tad petite?? :) ..My situation is I'm JUST checking into a school.....NO idea what I'm gonna do but have seen MANY women drivers lately!! Very excited,,,nervous about shifting/learning a stick..School I'm checking out seems cool..I got a good vibe when I finally decided to check them out..Guy was NOT concerned I haven't driven a stick at all! I am quite an optimist and some have tried to discourage me but I wonder about their motives..Good luck in all you do!!Thanks for ANY wisdom.. ~KaSandra

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One of the drivers I slip-seat with is 5' tall, she has no problem at all. Very competent and skilled driver.

Very good to hear this! and your praise of this other driver..Thank you for replying! :)

KaSandra 's Comment
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I'm a guy, and in the average size frame, so I can't add much here, but I've heard that it'll probably be easier for someone that's never driven a manual transmission than it is for someone that does it regularly. I think you'll be fine.

Thanks for your reply! I had a dream I was backing up my truck (which I do NOT even have at this point!) wrong and my MOTHER corrected me in the dream, lol...Not really relevant to this topic..Just kinda amusing...Plus backing up seems to show up here as a topic off and on...shocked.png

Bill R.'s Comment
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Being petite has a different difficulty. There are physical aspects that are tougher for you.

1.) Securing loads will be a bit more difficult. It won't be an inhibitor, but it is a little more difficult.

2.) The physical part of the job (not driving) will be more difficult, in and out of the truck will be harder. Also not a prohibition, just realize it will be harder.

Just some thoughts.

Bill

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