Can't Drive A Car Anymore...

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Rob S.'s Comment
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The side mirrors on my pickup are dangerously small. And it sits way too low.

Tom M.'s Comment
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I grind gears on the highway because I can't just slip it from 4th to 5th without using the clutch.

Cwc's Comment
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So without fail everytime I come home and jump in my Jeep and leave my neighborhood I make a right turn and hold the left lane till my nonexistent tandems round the curb... I usually figure it out about the time I check the mirror. As long as I'm driving my Jeep and not my wife's car I don't have any trouble floating the gears but her car can be finicky sometimes downshifting. But the look on other peoples faces when your in the wrong lane in a fourwheeler is priceless... I would imagine the look on my face about the time I check the mirror for the trailer is a good one too.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Rob S.'s Comment
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My wife drives a school bus. She stopped at tracks once in her car. I was with her and I laughed til I cried. The shoes on the other foot now.

Travis E.'s Comment
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As someone who is about to start school here in a few weeks these are pretty crazy to read, especially the having trouble backing up. Is it really that much easier in a tractor to back up, that so far is one of my biggest worrys haha.

C. S.'s Comment
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Another one for this thread--anyone else ever been driving their personal vehicle, seen a low clearance bridge ahead and had a momentary panic attack/adrenaline rush?

As someone who is about to start school here in a few weeks these are pretty crazy to read, especially the having trouble backing up. Is it really that much easier in a tractor to back up, that so far is one of my biggest worrys haha.

It's not easier to back up, but it's the opposite of backing up a car. So when you spend weeks or months at a time only driving a truck, it becomes your new normal and you unconsciously expect the car to handle the same way as the truck.

Pianoman's Comment
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As someone who is about to start school here in a few weeks these are pretty crazy to read, especially the having trouble backing up. Is it really that much easier in a tractor to back up, that so far is one of my biggest worrys haha.

Lol I wouldn't necessarily say it's easier, it's just alot different. And in some ways you have better visibility in a truck because of all the mirrors (for sight-side backing, anyways). Driving is way different too, obviously. It's a combination of the weight, the size, the vantage point and extra mirrors. Plus, diesels always start rolling a little slower before the turbo kicks in, so you get used to pushing the accelerator down and not getting anything for a couple seconds. If you do this in a gas-powered car, you'll end up burning rubber.

You'll find out soon enough! :P

Good luck!

Scott O.'s Comment
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Omg I drove a lowered car the other day and felt like a rocket ****... Was nice to go faster then 65 though... Just saying.. I to do the whole turn wide in a car thing...

Ahmalia's Comment
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My first hometime, I borrowed my sister's Miata, getting in wasn't so bad, but trying to climb out of that tiny two-seater was hysterical. And I almost broke her car trying to double clutch it. My biggest problem lately is Swift recently installed a bumper senser with a display that tells me how fast the vehicle in front of me is going, and the truck brakes automatically if it feels I'm too close, which drives me crazy because I'm like, I'll drive the truck thank you very much. Anyway, I'll be driving my car, and I'll glance down to check the display that is non-existent in my car. Also, we just got dash cams that record if a critical event occurs, like taking a turn too fast or a hard brake, although when I hit a floor jack on the highway and blew a steer tire, chunks of my truck flying everywhere, the headlight flew up and cracked the windshield, and yet the camera did not turn on. But when it does turn on (often for no apparent reason) the light on it goes from green to red, so if I slam on the brakes in my car, I'll look up to see if the camera is recording. And am also guilty of all the aforementioned issues, oversteering, inability to back, taking turns too wide, etc.

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.

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