Manual Transmission Now Or Later ?

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Alexus L.'s Comment
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So I’m on the road to becoming a trucker 😊 I’m in school and was learning how to shift for the first time yesterday but it’s a very hard concept for me to grasp. I know most companies have automatic now but I don’t want to have a restriction on my license. My instructor informed me that I can come back to learn manual after I get my CDL if it works better for me. I was wondering is it better to do it that way ? Also any tips and tricks to learning manual ? This is my first time driving a manual anything! Thanks

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.
PackRat's Comment
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What day of school, and how many days behind the wheel?

Shifting while double clutching does not come automatically to most folks the first few times, or even weeks.

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.

Rhino's Comment
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If your gonna get it get it over with now. That way u don’t have to go back. It’s easy once u get the hang of it. Your gonna go by rpms and for the dmv test you will have to double clutch

So I’m on the road to becoming a trucker 😊 I’m in school and was learning how to shift for the first time yesterday but it’s a very hard concept for me to grasp. I know most companies have automatic now but I don’t want to have a restriction on my license. My instructor informed me that I can come back to learn manual after I get my CDL if it works better for me. I was wondering is it better to do it that way ? Also any tips and tricks to learning manual ? This is my first time driving a manual anything! Thanks

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.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Alexus L.'s Comment
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What day of school, and how many days behind the wheel?

Shifting while double clutching does not come automatically to most folks the first few times, or even weeks.

7th day of school and 1st day of behind the wheel training off the yard. We have mostly been doing a lot of backing, parallel parking, and offsets. The double clutching is hard to catch the timing right. I either stall out or grind the gears really bad, or just not get it in gear 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.

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.

Rhino's Comment
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For double clutching remember the adams family tune. The snapping part

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What day of school, and how many days behind the wheel?

Shifting while double clutching does not come automatically to most folks the first few times, or even weeks.

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7th day of school and 1st day of behind the wheel training off the yard. We have mostly been doing a lot of backing, parallel parking, and offsets. The double clutching is hard to catch the timing right. I either stall out or grind the gears really bad, or just not get it in gear 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.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Okay, once out on the road at increased speeds than what you've encountered in the yard, it should get easier.

Experience and lots of repetitions are what's needed, the same as backing maneuvers.

Zach 's Comment
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Just keep learning on a manual and you won't have to worry about the automatic restriction down the road. Shifting is hard, especially downshifting. My first week I grinded and stalled more times then I would like to admit. Also try and find a company that will train you and preferably put you an a manual once you are done with school.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Alexus L.'s Comment
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Thank you all for the advice ‘n. I’m so excited to be a driver !

Rob T.'s Comment
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If you have the option take the test in a manual. The reason being if things don't work out where you're at do you really want to miss out on an opportunity because you legally can't drive a stick? I've had my license coming up on 4 years now and I've only driven a stick a handful of times. I don't ever plan on switching jobs but if I do ill be able to drive a manual if thats what the fleet has. It may also make me a more desirable candidate with many new drivers being restricted to auto. Similiar reasoning why we feel getting all your endorsements is a good idea even if you don't think you'll need it at this time. It took me more than a week to get decent enough at shifting to pass my test. I had issues stalling it from a start for over a week and a half. 2 days before testing I couldn't shift from 9th to 8th to save my life. Keep trying and don't give up.

David W.'s Comment
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Biggest mistake new trainees make is under revving the engine. You can always over rev when shifting, and when it falls to the right rpm you’ll be able to shift, but if you under rev you’ll have a hard time recovering. So put the pedal to the floor when you’re revving to down shift 18-20 hundred rpm’s

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