The Struggle Is Real

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Carla P.'s Comment
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First week out with a mentor that has an automatic transmission and I'm still reaching to change gears and looking for the clutch! I definitely am not liking the automatics, ugh! And apparently, I'll have to re-learn to back up lol Does it get any better?confused.gifwtf.gif

Navypoppop's Comment
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I feel your pain over the auto trans. trucks. I personally wouldn't want to drive one but most people here might tell you they are great. I have talked to many drivers who do not like them especially in reverse and trying to back into a dock. I'm sure it will come easier to you in time but I do not want to see one.

Steve L.'s Comment
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It DOES get better and you’ll appreciate that automatic if/when going through Atlanta or some other stop and go places.

Jamie's Comment
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I trained on a manual while in school but was given an auto when I got to Schneider. I wouldn't say you'd have to relearn how to back, just that it goes a little fast at times from my experience, of course you got to move the wheels the same way, etc. Although I wanted a manual, I liked the auto during traffic.

Jamie's Comment
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I'd also like to add, I learn better in a classroom setting then by myself when it comes to manuals and alike. That's why it helped me more.

Jamie's Comment
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Ignore my last comment, that was meant for another thread. rofl-1.gif

RealDiehl's Comment
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Ignore my last comment, that was meant for another thread. rofl-1.gif


Splitter's Comment
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I felt the same when I got my auto. I was really shifting better at that point. My grade control was better.

That said, with time & asking tons of questions, I’ve gotten much better in my auto. My issue is that I drive a lightweight with a smaller engine. It revs at higher rpms cause it’s a 12 speed. Not a 10 speed like what I was trained in. Slowly but surely you’ll find your comfort zone.

If you keep hating it as I did, it’ll take longer. But it will happen. Be safe.

Carla P.'s Comment
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Thanks everyone for the inspiration!! I definitely need it! It's been 10 years since I have drove a truck and I can't believe how much things have changed. There is a sensor for EVERYTHING in my mentors truck, so you have to behave now 😢🙃 No more fudgin' the log books either. I'm not sure I have ever done a HONEST log before now LOL Be Safe Everyone!




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.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Carla, my first outfit was on paper logs and bending the space time continuum occurred on a fairly frequent basis. When I started with my new outfit, it took me some time to get the hang of managing my hours to meet the finite 00:00:00 limit on the e--log, but once I relearned how to do that, it is nice. You truly are in control of your time, and if you manage it well your dispatcher will know you're rolling and scoring, and will help you increase the load values.

Good luck on the relearn curve though!!!


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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