Having A Hard Time Learning How To Clutch/shift (Swift)

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Sparky's Comment
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So I decided to go with Swift instead. We're in the yard only going into 3rd gear, no higher and no using the gas pedal.

I think I'm over thinking everything. I never know if I have to push in the clutch, then brake then start shifting..or do I go in (if truck is on), foot on brake and clutch, then move it into 3rd then parking brakes in and foot off brake then let it roll by slowly letting off the clutch? I've looked at YouTube videos and I might have it but I'm confused. I just don't know the proper way of doing it (no double clutch and no using the accelerator for purposes of Swift, just using 3rd gear in the yard)

Any help would be appreciated. I really want to get this accomplished and get this down. I've never driven a manual before and heard that it should be easier to learn since I won't be in stubborn habits.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Old School's Comment
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It sounds like you're describing the initial procedure of getting the truck rolling from a dead stop. Isn't there an instructor right there with you explaining what to do?

I'd stay away from YouTube if I were you. You're definitely over thinking this.

One of the most important things you need to be doing is observing others and paying close attention to your instructor. You're all wound up about the order of things and it's stressing you out. It's just not that critical if you release the parking brake first then put your foot on the brake pedal, or if you do those in the opposite order. All your doing is keeping the truck from rolling freely with the brakes. Then you push the clutch in while keeping your other foot on the brake. The clutch is disengaged when you push it with your foot which allows you to select a gear. So now you put into 3rd gear. Sounds easy right? It is - you can do this!

Now comes the tricky part. Start slowly easing the clutch out. You should hear a slight change in the engine sound and RPM as the clutch begins to engage. You can even feel the truck getting ready to roll. That's when you take your right foot off the brake while still slowly releasing the clutch. That will get the beast moving properly.

It's all new, but it's really simple. You're letting it overwhelm you. Don't be so timid. You're the one in control - take charge and be confident. The most critical behaviors you should be doing right now are listening and observing. Pay attention to how the instructor does it and how the students who are having success do it. You should have lots of time to observe others. Don't waste that time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Sparky, one of the big things you have to realize is that you will be expected to catch on quickly. That is one of the indicators in truck driver training that gives the instructors confidence you have what it takes to succeed at this career. Trucking requires the ability to adapt and assess situations quickly. It also requires some tenacity and persistence at getting things done.

Apparently you already hit a snag at Wilson. That's okay - I hit a few snags along my way, but you've got to shine now that you're getting another shot. Listen to this podcast and take heed.

Why Is Truck Driver Training Done In Such A Rush?

Sparky's Comment
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Well our class is big. 20 students. Students from last week were a little slow and took up 3 trucks which left us with 1. So 20 students for 1 truck, we each got 15 minutes worth in the truck and that was it.

Yeah, I've been observing and listening but it's all so new so I'm getting myself confused. I think I got it. Foot on clutch, then brake, then move into 3rd then foot off brake then ease off the clutch and start rolling? Then when backing, foot on clutch and brake, come to a stop, then move into reverse, foot off brake and ease off clutch?

We're learning off setting right now and I have these turns down better than I do getting into gear, but once I'm in gear I'm in control. Just getting to that point is slow for me I guess

It sounds like you're describing the initial procedure of getting the truck rolling from a dead stop. Isn't there an instructor right there with you explaining what to do?

I'd stay away from YouTube if I were you. You're definitely over thinking this.

One of the most important things you need to be doing is observing others and paying close attention to your instructor. You're all wound up about the order of things and it's stressing you out. It's just not that critical if you release the parking brake first then put your foot on the brake pedal, or if you do those in the opposite order. All your doing is keeping the truck from rolling freely with the brakes. Then you push the clutch in while keeping your other foot on the brake. The clutch is disengaged when you push it with your foot which allows you to select a gear. So now you put into 3rd gear. Sounds easy right? It is - you can do this!

Now comes the tricky part. Start slowly easing the clutch out. You should hear a slight change in the engine sound and RPM as the clutch begins to engage. You can even feel the truck getting ready to roll. That's when you take your right foot off the brake while still slowly releasing the clutch. That will get the beast moving properly.

It's all new, but it's really simple. You're letting it overwhelm you. Don't be so timid. You're the one in control - take charge and be confident. The most critical behaviors you should be doing right now are listening and observing. Pay attention to how the instructor does it and how the students who are having success do it. You should have lots of time to observe others. Don't waste that time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sparky's Comment
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I understand that, but 20 students for 1 truck for 15 minutes each for one day then onto a new day expecting us to remember everything is the hard part for me. Yeah, I hit a snag only because I didn't know about their contract and once I read it I got discouraged. Over here in California you don't pay for the schooling unless you pass, but in other states you owe them even if you fail, so I dropped out after learning that on time 2nd day.

I remember reading from around here that the number 1 tip (besides GOAL) is to not give up or be discouraged if at first it isn't working perfectly. I'm in that phase where I want to throw in the towel but I know that this will pass.

Sparky, one of the big things you have to realize is that you will be expected to catch on quickly. That is one of the indicators in truck driver training that gives the instructors confidence you have what it takes to succeed at this career. Trucking requires the ability to adapt and assess situations quickly. It also requires some tenacity and persistence at getting things done.

Apparently you already hit a snag at Wilson. That's okay - I hit a few snags along my way, but you've got to shine now that you're getting another shot. Listen to this podcast and take heed.

Why Is Truck Driver Training Done In Such A Rush?

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