Are Volvo Trucks All Automatic?

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Andrey B.'s Comment
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The company school I am considering (Raider Express) says that it has only Volvo trucks. Do they come with automatic or manual transmission? All my driving friends tell me to stay away from a school which doesn't teach standard. So what about this Volvo?

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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No they are not. Companies get what they order. It doesn't matter what you train on. Manuals are fading away. It's easier to learn on the autoshift and it will be easier to test in a manual, later on, if you ever want to remove the restriction.

Banks's Comment
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No they are not. Companies get what they order. It doesn't matter what you train on. Manuals are fading away. It's easier to learn on the autoshift and it will be easier to test in a manual, later on, if you ever want to remove the restriction.

I've never driven an automatic, but I can say a manual is a huge distraction when there's a lot going on. As you get better with it, it's less distracting. Manuals are also being phased out. I'm using a 2006 Volvo with 2 million miles on it to learn how to drive. All the newer truck are automatic.

Jeremy's Comment
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Not all the new trucks are automatic you get what you order whether its a 10-13-18 speed manuel or an autoshift i think myself that you limit yourself in opportunities if you get the restriction but thats just me and i like options

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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All the newer truck are automatic.

Not true Old Dominion buys all manuals, so does some other companies, you can order a new truck with what ever you feel your company needs.

Rainy 's Comment
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But if you call a Volvo dealer you can no longer order a manual Volvo as per Volvo in Springfield Mo.

Perhaps this is for an individual truck not a fleet.

Pereonally as someone who trained on a manual, i would suggest not making it a deal breaker. If you drive an automatic for a few months and learn backing and turns and getting past the fear.... then testing to remove the restriction would be easy.

Banks's Comment
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All the newer truck are automatic.

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Not true Old Dominion buys all manuals, so does some other companies, you can order a new truck with what ever you feel your company needs.

I meant in our fleet. I thought I included that.

Greg M.'s Comment
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Just went to the Volvo website and went through the "Build your Volvo" process for a VNL 740. Have to admit that was kind of fun. Wonder if Ryder would let me spec out my next truck as a driver retention incentive?

Any way, It looks like if you go with the Detroit D14 then the I Shift is your only option in either regular or severe service configurations. If you go with the Cummins all the Eaton Fuller manuals 10,13,18 speeds are available along with a 6 speed Allison automatic.

But if you call a Volvo dealer you can no longer order a manual Volvo as per Volvo in Springfield Mo.

Perhaps this is for an individual truck not a fleet.

Pereonally as someone who trained on a manual, i would suggest not making it a deal breaker. If you drive an automatic for a few months and learn backing and turns and getting past the fear.... then testing to remove the restriction would be easy.

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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.
Greg M.'s Comment
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D13 I meant.

Just went to the Volvo website and went through the "Build your Volvo" process for a VNL 740. Have to admit that was kind of fun. Wonder if Ryder would let me spec out my next truck as a driver retention incentive?

Any way, It looks like if you go with the Detroit D14 then the I Shift is your only option in either regular or severe service configurations. If you go with the Cummins all the Eaton Fuller manuals 10,13,18 speeds are available along with a 6 speed Allison automatic.

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But if you call a Volvo dealer you can no longer order a manual Volvo as per Volvo in Springfield Mo.

Perhaps this is for an individual truck not a fleet.

Pereonally as someone who trained on a manual, i would suggest not making it a deal breaker. If you drive an automatic for a few months and learn backing and turns and getting past the fear.... then testing to remove the restriction would be easy.

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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.
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