I Don't Think This Is Fair.

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OllieBoy45's Comment
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Ok guys explain to me what's the best way to handle this situation!! I've been out over the road with my trainer two days and I've drove over 500 miles so far.. And I've been doing pretty well and my trainer is impressed.. I think I've been doing so good because he has an automatic and I haven't had to worry about shifting gears. But here's the tricky part, when I'm done with training the company but all new drivers in 10speeds. How can I possibly be ready to drive and test out in a 10speed if I'm gone be training in a automatic the next 4 weeks!! What should I do? I don't think it's right to do that!!

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Ok guys explain to me what's the best way to handle this situation!! I've been out over the road with my trainer two days and I've drove over 500 miles so far.. And I've been doing pretty well and my trainer is impressed.. I think I've been doing so good because he has an automatic and I haven't had to worry about shifting gears. But here's the tricky part, when I'm done with training the company but all new drivers in 10speeds. How can I possibly be ready to drive and test out in a 10speed if I'm gone be training in a automatic the next 4 weeks!! What should I do? I don't think it's right to do that!!

Hi. I know a couple people in the same boat. They will give you drive time in the manual before you test (they should at least. Just ask your trainer or DM to confirm).

The important part about the test is safety....swing wide, use blinkers, change lanes with mirrors.

When it comes to missing gears. The max amount of points they can give is 5. So even if you grind every gear....you only get five points. They are looking for awareness and safe handling. Once you have the wide turns and don't hit anything down, the shifting will be easier.

You might even. Be ahead of some others who have to swing wide, shift etc all at the same time and they have mastered none of it. You might be more calm having mastered the others. Good luck

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
OllieBoy45's Comment
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Thanks I really never looked at it like that!! I'll take your advice.. thanks a lot!!

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Ok guys explain to me what's the best way to handle this situation!! I've been out over the road with my trainer two days and I've drove over 500 miles so far.. And I've been doing pretty well and my trainer is impressed.. I think I've been doing so good because he has an automatic and I haven't had to worry about shifting gears. But here's the tricky part, when I'm done with training the company but all new drivers in 10speeds. How can I possibly be ready to drive and test out in a 10speed if I'm gone be training in a automatic the next 4 weeks!! What should I do? I don't think it's right to do that!!

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Hi. I know a couple people in the same boat. They will give you drive time in the manual before you test (they should at least. Just ask your trainer or DM to confirm).

The important part about the test is safety....swing wide, use blinkers, change lanes with mirrors.

When it comes to missing gears. The max amount of points they can give is 5. So even if you grind every gear....you only get five points. They are looking for awareness and safe handling. Once you have the wide turns and don't hit anything down, the shifting will be easier.

You might even. Be ahead of some others who have to swing wide, shift etc all at the same time and they have mastered none of it. You might be more calm having mastered the others. Good luck

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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