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Kyle A.'s Comment
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I am looking to get into the trucking industry because if my dad but my question is are there company's that their trucks are automatic? I it hard to lkearn how to drive stick if you have never drove stick before? Please let me know

G-Town's Comment
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Kyle, they will teach you to drive a multi-range manual transmission. It's preferred that you have never driven using a stick in a car. Since the two are remarkably different it's easier to teach someone without manual shifting experience how-to shift a large truck.

What other questions do you have???

Kyle A.'s Comment
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Is it hard to learn and I'm trying to decide on a company does anyone know anything about swift or Schneider national I hear they are good companies but what is the home time likje?

Kyle, they will teach you to drive a multi-range manual transmission. It's preferred that you have never driven using a stick in a car. Since the two are remarkably different it's easier to teach someone without manual shifting experience how-to shift a large truck.

What other questions do you have???

G-Town's Comment
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Kyle,...smooth shifting is not easy to learn. However the instructors are experienced teaching people how-to do it. Try not to worry about it,...it's all in the learning process.

I work for Swift, trained with them and stayed with them. I am into my fourth year and have no intention of looking elsewhere at his point. Schneider is also a good company. There are many good companies...review this link for specifics (alphabetical order)

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Rick S.'s Comment
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Whatever company you decide to go with I'd suggest that you co-drive your first few months

Kyle,...smooth shifting is not easy to learn. However the instructors are experienced teaching people how-to do it. Try not to worry about it,...it's all in the learning process.

I work for Swift, trained with them and stayed with them. I am into my fourth year and have no intention of looking elsewhere at his point. Schneider is also a good company. There are many good companies...review this link for specifics (alphabetical order)

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G-Town's Comment
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Rick S. wrote:

Whatever company you decide to go with I'd suggest that you co-drive your first few months

Co-drive? Do you mean team? Or are you referring to the road training phase? Most every company requires supervised road training. If that's what you are recommending, yes I agree.

But if you are recommending teaming,...that's a highly personal preference and not required.

Yosemite Sam's Comment
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Hey Kyle G-town is right. I couldn't believe it when I heard my instructor at school say it would be easier to teach me someone who never touch a stick shift a day in my life than the other two students who drove manuals in there regular 4-wheelers. I ask why is it easier for me. He said because u will need to double clutch. The ones who drove manuals before are gonna have to change there normal habits in switching gears. It was rough for me the first time ever in a truck. But you will get better as you practice more. No sweat man. Keep ya head up.

I am looking to get into the trucking industry because if my dad but my question is are there company's that their trucks are automatic? I it hard to lkearn how to drive stick if you have never drove stick before? Please let me know

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Here's the current situation at Swift for manual/automatic shifting:

You will be trained using a manual/stick shift. Your mentor instructor (4-6 weeks road training) will probably have a manual. But, like most other large companies, you'll most likely get an automatic shifter for your very own truck.

And like riding a bicycle, you'll never forget how to double clutch.

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.

Kyle A.'s Comment
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What is co-drive? And thank you all for the information it helps

Rick S. wrote:

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Whatever company you decide to go with I'd suggest that you co-drive your first few months

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Co-drive? Do you mean team? Or are you referring to the road training phase? Most every company requires supervised road training. If that's what you are recommending, yes I agree.

But if you are recommending teaming,...that's a highly personal preference and not required.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I was the only one in my class of 76 who never drove stick. In the simulators they said I had the advantage cause they were set into heir ways and had to re learn it.

Never drove stick... Never even pukked a boat trailer..and I'm doing great. So can u. ;)

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