Companies That Hire With Automatic Restriction

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Pete M.'s Comment
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Torque-Flite 3-speed auto in my '57 Sport Fury had the push buttons.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Anyone remember push button automatic transmissions? :)

A girlfriend's granny had a green Plymouth Valient with a bubble rear window and a pushbutton automatic. Occasionally got to drive it. Like to have it today!

Susan D. 's Comment
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The parts truck for my stepfather's trucking company was a 3 speed on the column. During the summer, I'd drive it around checking on drivers, who were all local and hauled gravel out of our limestone quarry. He paid by the hour and often, we'd find them just sitting parked somewhere random. We had a 2 way radios in his car, the office, and the parts truck, in addition to the CB.. no cell phones back then. I'd let him know who was parked where and he'd stop by to have a talk with them lol.

My best friend's mother left her dad in around '77. She bought this very old ford (was a '62) that was a 3 speed on the column because she needed a cheap car. I went with her to buy it, drove it home for her, and then taught her how to drive it. It was comical for sure since she'd never driven a manual at all. They're a tad different than a stick.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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The worst thing about the 3 on-the-tree is that the grommets wore out from 1st to 2nd. So after I got the car from my dad I put it on the floor and the problem went away. He wouldn't let me change it out for him when it was his. My mom had a Plymouth station wagon, that had a push button automatic.

***Is the fuel economy that great of a difference that companies are going to the autoshift??? *** Or is it that the cost of replacing clutches the real reason?***

I know that my '98 BMW with it's 6-speed gets better fuel economy than my '98 dodge ram truck (2-wdr, automatic.) To bring back the days without all the smog stuff and the muscle cars and computers.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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They're going to autoshift because of better fuel mileage, a decrease in the learning curve for new drivers, and fewer distractions overall for drivers, especially in tough circumstances like heavy traffic. It's also going to prevent over-revving the engine on downhills and missed shifts on both uphills and downhills.

Don's Comment
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I have always had a manual stick in my personal vehicles. I have to admit. I do like the auto-shifts in the semi-tractor, especially driving in towns and cities (less distraction).

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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.
G-Town's Comment
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I have always had a manual stick in my personal vehicles. I have to admit. I do like the auto-shifts in the semi-tractor, especially driving in towns and cities (less distraction).

I concur.

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.
Adam J.'s Comment
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I remember those. My dad had a '63 Valient with push button. I so wish he kept that car.

Anyone remember push button automatic transmissions? :)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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