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Ken S.'s Comment
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all e-treads done,tested out,pee tested.everyone else has to study for permit tests Thursday,got to do at least 3 pre trips todaysend out apps tomorrow., log books etc now we're getting somewhere oh yea does werner have autos it's just I herad nobody at school knows for sure ,,but they are calling ken

ChickieMonster's Comment
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The Werner recruiter who came to our school said their fleet was around 40% automatic. TransAm and Maverick are 2 that have fully automatic fleets if that's something you want

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Also US Xpress is a fully automatic fleet

Bucket's Comment
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I was told Averitt express has auto and apu in all trucks. Most are Volvo?

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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Yes Werner has autos, I'm in one now. They are buying a whole bunch more this year. They are looking at half their fleet being auto by the end of this year and in the next year or so after that, they are looking to get that number up to 80%.

Ken S.'s Comment
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I don't think I want a auto right-away i'm not sure

Yes Werner has autos, I'm in one now. They are buying a whole bunch more this year. They are looking at half their fleet being auto by the end of this year and in the next year or so after that, they are looking to get that number up to 80%.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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Well, I'd you go with one of the big companies, the chances are getting higher and higher that you'll end up in one.

When I first started driving an auto, I was not to thrilled with it, but then after getting used to it, I prefer them now.

Phox's Comment
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Knight is in the proccess of going full auto. At the moment if you were to apply chances are good of being trained in one and being assigned one. they have a few manuals but they're so old and almost to the point of trade in that even if you did get one you wouldn't be in it for long.

Having driven in 3 different trucks with autos I can say it makes a difference as to what kind of auto you have too. The freightlines have this neat little lever on steering wheel that controls jakes, tranny and manual override all in 1 lever. I had no issues with it at all. The volvo I tested out in had a control attached to seat. It handled ok but was a little shakey which might be because the volvos are much lighter but I also didn't like shifter being right next to my butt... I mean come on move it out a couple inches at least so I don't grab the wrong thing. the international I was in for a couple days had the little rubber buttons kind that you push to select gear. it was ok, no major issues but hard to see what was what in the dark and sometimes it didn't like switching gears. was a brand new truck with less than 10k miles. so let it be known not all autos are the same but overall I like the freightliners the best.

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