Have A Chance To Get A Manual

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Jamie's Comment
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The dedicated account I'm on now has only one automatic truck and the others are manuals. My DBL said since I orginally wanted a manual and another driver wanted the auto, we could switch trucks. Just wondering if I should or not, we do a lot of city driving but figured it would be nice to have. But I'm sure I would miss the automatic if I did trade.shocked.pngrofl-2.gif

Rob T.'s Comment
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Funny you mention that, I slip seat at my company and most of our tractors are daycabs. Monday, The truck I was assigned was a sleeper and I was only making a run to Davenport (320 mile round trip) so i decided I'd just grab one of the "extra trucks" not assigned that day. One was a 2011 Volvo manual and the other was a 2017 Volvo auto. I haven't driven a manual in about 9 months so I took that thinking it'd be a nice change. Man, I started to hate all the shifting with the hills on I-80. It wasnt terrible, but driving almost exclusively autos has spoiled me. I surprisingly only grinded a couple gears. Personally, I'll stay with autos especially if its alot of city driving . It doesnt make you any more, or less of a driver based on the truck or transmission it has. Old school wrote an excellent article Do real truck drivers drive automatics

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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The dedicated account I'm on now has only one automatic truck and the others are manuals. My DBL said since I orginally wanted a manual and another driver wanted the auto, we could switch trucks. Just wondering if I should or not, we do a lot of city driving but figured it would be nice to have. But I'm sure I would miss the automatic if I did trade.shocked.pngrofl-2.gif

I’ll never go back to a manual by choice. Just drove through Chicago traffic. Manual would have been a pain.

PackRat's Comment
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I took my 13 speed out for some driving with my nephew this weekend for half a day. I’ll stay in the auto-shift crowd for my vote.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I have a manual, I definitely would not mind a auto for when I get stuck in traffic.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Jamie, if you go to manual, you better make sure you can go back to AMT if you don't synchronize with the manual. No pun intended.

Auggie69's Comment
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The dedicated account I'm on now has only one automatic truck and the others are manuals. My DBL said since I orginally wanted a manual and another driver wanted the auto, we could switch trucks. Just wondering if I should or not, we do a lot of city driving but figured it would be nice to have. But I'm sure I would miss the automatic if I did trade.shocked.pngrofl-2.gif

Backing a manual is much more granular than backing an auto.

If you want a finer grain control backing, choose the manual.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jamie's Comment
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I took the manual, it honestly all came back to me but a bit rusty on down shifting. Other then that, it was like riding a bicycle. But so far I'm liking it, only time will tell.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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You're just a glutton for punishment. Lol.

Jamie's Comment
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So it's been two full days now having the manual and I absolutely love it, even during the city driving. I caught back onto down shifting pretty quickly, still have some trouble once I get below 10MPH.

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