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Ronald D.'s Comment
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Are there companies that use automatic transmission trucks? I thought I read about some rigs that have automatics and curious what companies actually use trucks with automatics. And are you allowed to take your cdl exam in an automatic transmission truck or do you have to take it in a manual transmission truck? thank you Ron


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Tracey K.'s Comment
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Yep. Their are automatics. FedEx uses them. And their are several other companies that do. But, you will have to take your exam in a manual. You would be limited to just driving automatics if you only tested in one.

I don't know about other states at this time, but I do know that in Georgia their is a provision for testing in a automatic, but then as I said you are restricted from driving a manual.

If you are nervous about driving one you will have to get over that. Believe me it is not as hard as you may think.

Maybe someone else can enlighten us both on the laws and regulations for other states.

Mike L.'s Comment
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I think U.S. Express uses automatics as well but I'm not sure. The above poster is right, you'll still have to take the test in a manual truck. The "automatics" that rigs use aren't like car transmissions. The trucks still shift like a manual but automatically, if that makes any sense at all. The RPMs rev up like you have to in a manual but then "pop" it shifts up or down and usually not when you want them to. Personally, I hate automatic rigs. Manual is the way to go.

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