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LDRSHIP's Comment
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I can tell you right now, any state examiner would require you to double clutch and floating gears may be an automatic fail.

I am sure there is more than just a single CDL program within a reasonable area. Look more than just next door. Look in say 120 mile radius.

You can always just call the CDL school and ask what companies send recruiters there. It would give you an idea of what companies hire in your area.

TBH, when it comes to trucking companies and CDL schools, the first rule of journalism applies. Trust no ones information, but your own. Take reviews with a grain of salt and investigate them for yourself. If something is factual it will hold up to scrutiny.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Companies will want you to either attend their school or have a minimum 160 hour training certificate from one of their approved schools.

Also you will have to learn to double clutch not doing so is a automatic failure.

Getting Hazmat with shouldn't be a problem they are looking for more serious offenses than what you have. If you do not plan on running Hazmat do not even bother getting it as it can be a pain as it has to be reneqed. Infact I have to renew mine with in the next month.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Christopher S.'s Comment
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Thanks! I will give dbl clutching a shot. I'm guessing since I've been floating that I basically shoot for the same sweet spot, clutch neutral, clutch gear. Do drivers find this easier than floating? Can anyone explain benefits of dbl clutching?

Companies will want you to either attend their school or have a minimum 160 hour training certificate from one of their approved schools.

Also you will have to learn to double clutch not doing so is a automatic failure.

Getting Hazmat with shouldn't be a problem they are looking for more serious offenses than what you have. If you do not plan on running Hazmat do not even bother getting it as it can be a pain as it has to be reneqed. Infact I have to renew mine with in the next month.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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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We don't double clutch. Everybody floats gears. What we're saying is the examiner wants to see you double clutching on your driving test. It's just sort of an old throwback that's still included in the testing. That's why you need to be able to do it.

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.

Double Clutching:

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.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Thanks! I will give dbl clutching a shot. I'm guessing since I've been floating that I basically shoot for the same sweet spot, clutch neutral, clutch gear. Do drivers find this easier than floating? Can anyone explain benefits of dbl clutching?

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Companies will want you to either attend their school or have a minimum 160 hour training certificate from one of their approved schools.

Also you will have to learn to double clutch not doing so is a automatic failure.

Getting Hazmat with shouldn't be a problem they are looking for more serious offenses than what you have. If you do not plan on running Hazmat do not even bother getting it as it can be a pain as it has to be reneqed. Infact I have to renew mine with in the next month.

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The sweet spot is the same. The reason for double clutching is it allows you not to have to be as precise and still get it in the gear. It is the standard that is taught and what you are expected to demonstrate. Even on road tests at companies during orientation. It just is what it is.

I find floating easier and faster. But, that is me. I’ve used floating to teach a student about listening to and ‘feeling’ the truck when shifting to improve their shifting while double clutching.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Double Clutching:

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.

Christopher S.'s Comment
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So coming from operating vehicles with synchronised trannies like pickups and motorcycles I understand shifting into gears with the clutch depressed but why clutch into neutral? Does it keep the rpms from dropping faster? What I'm saying is why not just pop it into neutral then clutch gear? I'm sure there is/was a reason for this.

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Thanks! I will give dbl clutching a shot. I'm guessing since I've been floating that I basically shoot for the same sweet spot, clutch neutral, clutch gear. Do drivers find this easier than floating? Can anyone explain benefits of dbl clutching?

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Companies will want you to either attend their school or have a minimum 160 hour training certificate from one of their approved schools.

Also you will have to learn to double clutch not doing so is a automatic failure.

Getting Hazmat with shouldn't be a problem they are looking for more serious offenses than what you have. If you do not plan on running Hazmat do not even bother getting it as it can be a pain as it has to be reneqed. Infact I have to renew mine with in the next month.

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The sweet spot is the same. The reason for double clutching is it allows you not to have to be as precise and still get it in the gear. It is the standard that is taught and what you are expected to demonstrate. Even on road tests at companies during orientation. It just is what it is.

I find floating easier and faster. But, that is me. I’ve used floating to teach a student about listening to and ‘feeling’ the truck when shifting to improve their shifting while double clutching.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Double Clutching:

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.

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