Making Turns Left Or Right From A Stop

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Kevin F.'s Comment
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Okay sorry i havnt been on in a while been busy my question is when at a stop maki g a left or right turn do you shift gears while turning or after turn is complete??? Say for example start in 2nd then hit 3rd after turn or 3rd then 4th after turn i keep being told you shift while turning okay if your not posed to shift at a 4 way then you wouldnt while turning correct??

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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When taking the test they want you to shift before turn not during. Real life and test are different things. My first trainer made life difficult for me cause he wanted me to shift turn shift turn into lane and turn off blinker in a short time. Drove me nuts. I start from a stop on 3rd shift to fourth before the turn then go up accordingly if I'm full. Start on 4th if empty and shift after trun . I could be wrong but I make it to my deliveries lol

Kevin F.'s Comment
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Okay loaded say 3rd 4th before turn then after turn 5th then empty say 4th then 5th after turn. They guy that was teaching me was saying shift turn shift turn shift complete turn

Last Shadow's Comment
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Okay loaded say 3rd 4th before turn then after turn 5th then empty say 4th then 5th after turn. They guy that was teaching me was saying shift turn shift turn shift complete turn

You don't want to shift if your heavy while turning and going up a slope, if you missed the gear your truck will want to stop and roll back.....out

Kevin F.'s Comment
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Thanks i forgot about that okay so shift before turn then after

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Yeah. Should have said flat lol. If I'm on an upgrade I start in 2nd loaded. If downgrade I'll be in 3rd to start. Sometimes when. To shift is a judgment call. If still on a slight slope I might wait to shift.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Whatever you do just remember your priorities as you're making the turn so you don't hit anything. It's easy to get distracted by things like shifting or trying to follow your directions or hearing a horn from somewhere and suddenly BAM.......you didn't notice that car over on your right side or that pole on the corner.

There's a lot going on all around you in an intersection and you have to be aware of it all. Shifting during a turn should be the last priority. Focus on making the turns safely. If you feel comfortable enough to shift and it makes sense under the circumstances then do so. If you stay in the same gear and decide to roll through the intersection extra slow and safe then no one that matters will be upset with you over that.

Sonnydogg's Comment
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This is another reason I like my automatic. I can concentrate on those pesky tandems and not worry about shifting. I sometimes forget about canceling that blinker tho, lol

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".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kevin F.'s Comment
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This is another reason I like my automatic. I can concentrate on those pesky tandems and not worry about shifting. I sometimes forget about canceling that blinker tho, lol

I wanted a auto but hard to find one to train in

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".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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