Tough Getting Used To Automatic

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Jeremy's Comment
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My company decided to reward me with my first brand new truck while i'm not a fan of the automatics i cant lie in traffic its great and i'm learning how to put it in manual and i can run my rpms a lil higher for hill climbs which has made a huge difference (no i dont have fuel bonuses) anything else tricks or what not with these things i may not know?

Also if any prime drivers see this do they really made their drivers buy their own tire chains and a bunch of other stuff step daughter said they gave her a list of stuff she had to buy for truck not sure if she is bs’ing us but seems fishy to me

PackRat's Comment
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They sure do. Prime is not the only company with this policy. Most can be sold back or given credit on if a driver leaves.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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My company put me into an AMT also, and while it hurt some, I have to say I like the fact that now If I get my left leg amputated, I can still drive.

Rainy 's Comment
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My company decided to reward me with my first brand new truck while im not a fan of the automatics i cant lie in traffic its great and im learning how to put it in manual and i can run my rpmsa lil higher for hill climbs which has made a huge difference (no i dont have fuel bonuses) anything else tricks or what not with these things i may not know?

Also if any prime drivers see this do they really made their drivers buy their own tire chains and a bunch of other stuff stepdaughter said they gave her a list of stuff she had to buy for truck not sure if she is bs’in us but seems fishy to me

Yes at Prime company drivers pay for their chains (keep them in bag and they buy them back when you leave), padlocks, load bars, and flatbedders tarps and straps.

Apparently there were quite a few drivers whose equipment went "missing" but likely sold.

If you drop a trailer and must give up the load locks prime reimburses you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jeremy's Comment
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Wow i cant believe they really make employees buy equipment to use on their trucks i can see anything you use for your own person like inverter fridge microwave and such but to have to buy the things to do company work seems a bit crazy to me i guess i got it better than i thought doin what i do as far as the automatic i get more and more used to it everyday now to get used to backing an automatic international Big difference in turning radius ive been driving all cascadias and they are like cars steering

Chris eff's Comment
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This is real interesting. I've been driving a year and a few months and just learned to shift gears. It was like learning to drive and back again. Normally my right foot is dominant but when i switched to a 10spd it was completely different. Now i use my left foot and let off clutch vs pushing in/on throttle with right. Not to mention no throttle needed for backing. I feel like driving the manual makes me a better driver....instead of go, go, go all the time the truck will shift gears for me im more cautious thinking will i be able to get down or in the gears needed fast enough for the situation. I could go on and on about what i like about it!

Jeremy's Comment
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Everytime i have to slow down my left foot is still looking for a clutch and my right hand is constantly looking for my shifter ugh i dont love this but the brand new truck is nice

Rainy 's Comment
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I hate backing in it. no control whatsoever! but i hate change....so my issue.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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The only I've found that is good about autoshift is when in lots of traffic. I hate backing in it. It's like bullet, doesn't know what slow means.

Jeremy's Comment
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I will say the reverse in the international seems more forgiving than the reverse in the cascadia autos ive driven but still not like a nice controlledcrawl of the manual

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