Double Clutch

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Richard L.'s Comment
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I have a student who went to school but didn't learn how to double clutch , I trained him at Us Xpress where all they had was auto. now he went for another job that requires him to drive a 10 speed where can he get taught that as soon as possible? he is willing to pay any ideas? he lives in Fort Wayne In.

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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Perhaps his next employer can teach him?

Chris M's Comment
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He needs to tell the company that he doesn't know how to shift. If they've hired him under the assumption that he is proficient at driving a manual, he won't be able to get trained on it quickly to the point of it not being painfully obvious that he's new to driving a manual. If he comes clean about it, they may be willing to train him, but if not, if he tears something up or is completely inefficient (highly likely) they won't be happy when they learn the truth.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Does your student happen to have an automatic only restriction on his/her CDL?

I can't imagine testing in an automatic and not having that restriction.

That said, if there's no restriction, oh believe me when I tell you I've had PLENTY of students who allegedly tested in a manual but couldn't shift AT ALL. If they can't shift, and you are a trainer, it's your job to teach them.. that's how it works at my company anyway.

CDL:

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.
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