Tips To Driving A Truck?

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Chris B.'s Comment
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At my soon to be done with retail job i have coworkers who have family that drive Big trucks. They have been quizzing me and giving me tips to the soon to be newbie and student driver. One of them mentioned that some trucks have clutch brakes? I was told that when i get to shift gears to not push the clutch down like i would with a car but about half way to 3/4 of the way down to avoid grinding gears? I'm just looking for some tips to start out driving right and maybe impress the teachers and trainers? I am by no means a know it all and am a very good listener. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks to all

Wine Taster's Comment
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I had the same thought before leaving for school next week. Then, I figured, the best policy will be to listen to my instructor, grind some gears, screw up some backing, laugh at myself, LISTEN, ask questions, learn from it, improve. I am not sure anybody telling you how to do it will actually help hands on. You will do fine, we all have to start somewhere.

Chris B.'s Comment
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That is what i will do. I laugh at myself all the time

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I could tell ya exactly what I do in my truck while shifting gears and even video it but it will not do you much good. Does not matter if two trucks are exactl same.....they will shift different from each other. Weight of load, road and weather conditions and various other factors will make trucks shift differently then other similar trucks.

Actually to disengage the clutch only requires about 2 to 3 inches of pushing the clutch in once you take up the slack. No need to go half to 3/4 of the way in. The time it takes to push the clutch on that far will allow the rpms to drop to low depending of the terrain You are driving on.

It's simply to hard to give you pointers on shifting cause there are so many variables that effect the truck. The best place to learn to shift is is school and with a trainer.

Chris L.'s Comment
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When I was in school I watched a lot of YouTube videos on double clutching , it givies you an idea how its done, but you really learn by doing. Good luck.

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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