Manual In A Car Vs Manual In A Truck

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TommyGun's Comment
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Funnily enough, if you know the beginning of the Addams Family theme song, thats the rhythum and speed you should shift.

"Da da da da....*snap* *snap* Da da da da....*snap* *snap*

The snapping of the fingers indicate when you need to touch the clutch.


Thanks for that and thank all of you for the replies

I guess I have to learn to not go into nutreal to slow down confused.gif

To be fair, even in a car, you are supposed to upshift and use the engine as a brake to slow down.

Saves fuel and gives you more control over the car.

I understand occassionally things happen faster than you think, and you don't have time to shift in the low gears.

When you get out on the road, you'll learn about skipping gears, floating gears , etc.

Most guys will tell you that they float all the time. Sometimes I do, but when I am loaded heavy, I tend to double as it gives me more control.

Good luck in your endeavor. Study hard. Train hard. Work smart.

Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

millionmiler24's Comment
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Make sure you train on a standard and take your CDL exam on a standard. I do think that's important. But then go to work for the company that suits you best. Don't worry about the type of transmissions they have.

When I retrained at NADTA, I got REALLY lucky on this because I was in the LAST class that they allowed to test in a manual. They switched to all autos for the remainder of classes there. My CoDriver has the E restriction, however we have an auto truck and I would much rather be in it than in a stick. Just like with Mac or iPhone, once you go auto, especially on a newer truck, you wont ever go back to anything else. I know I wont.



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