Automatic Vs. Manual Tansmissions?

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Steven E.'s Comment
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I am a Class B driver who drives a few times per year. I have a full-time profession in another business. But, I am curious - nearly all of the CDL trucks available for rent now are equipped with automatic transmissions. I recently had a conversation with a driver who was delivering a load to a company I consult for, and he mentioned as how the truck fleets for shipping companies are switching over to automatics - that virtually the only way to get a tractor with a manual is by special order. He told me his own truck (a Volvo, if I remember correctly) had a 10-speed Allison automatic. Does anyone here have a preference one way or the other - manual over automatic or vice versa?


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.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I prefer manual, especially during winter, but have been in a 12 speed auto since Jun 2017. I no longer hate it as I finally got the 5%-7% mountains figured out with these engines. But if I had my druthers.... ;-)

Most all companies are NOT buying manuals anymore, so the automatic restriction will be a moot point soon.


Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I love the auto.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Ive driven both, started in an old FLD with a 9 speed, then a 10 speed manual when I moved to my current outfit. About 3 yrs ago I got moved into a 12 spd automatic with a tag axle (only one of the two drive axles is powered). Pros of an auto: chicago rush hour traffic doesnt make my twice operated upon left knee ache, you never ever miss a downshift under load hitting that I44 hill coming out of Saint Louie. Cons: If i ever goback to a standard, its likely to take a while to reacclimate (God, I hate that hill), backing into sloped docks can be surgey, occasionally you'll hit the dock at speed.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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