How Can I Upgrade To Manual?

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Alex P.'s Comment
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Hey guys I have cdl class A Automatic . how can i upgrae to manual transmition ? 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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Why do you want to drive a manual?

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Hey guys I have cdl class A Automatic . how can i upgrae to manual transmition ? thanks

You will have to find a manual to test in and retake the driving portion of the CDL test. Some driving school have a class you can take to help.

Why do you want to drive a manual

Not sure why it matters so much, people always ask this question when someone's asks what op asked.

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.
Rhino's Comment
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I hate autos.

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Hey guys I have cdl class A Automatic . how can i upgrae to manual transmition ? thanks

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You will have to find a manual to test in and retake the driving portion of the CDL test. Some driving school have a class you can take to help.

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Why do you want to drive a manual

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Not sure why it matters so much, people always ask this question when someone's asks what op asked.

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.
DoctorWho_214's Comment
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During my home time, I'm planning to go to a truck driving school to take a refresher course. They'll provide the training, it could be a few hours or few days, depending how quick you pick it up. They'll also set you up to take the road test in their truck.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey guys I have cdl class A Automatic . how can i upgrae to manual transmition ? thanks

Hay, Alex!

Answers above.

Stop back & see !!

@Bobcat Bob .. it matters, as you know... tho we shouldn't mention it; LTL is mostly manual, and the 'spare' truck(s) with FAB are ... MANUAL!

~ Anne ~

ps: If one ever entertains HH, OD/OS further in their career.. chances are, manual.

pps: Tank yankers often have, manuals. ( PJ? )

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Navypoppop's Comment
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Alex P.,

Just like most of the posts are saying go for it. Either you have to find a person certified without the auto restriction to drive a manual truck to the testing site with you which might be a rental or go for the refresher course at a local driving school with manual trans. trucks. Even though most companies are going to auto transmissions I have always been a supporter of not having any restrictions on your CDL. It leaves you available to drive any truck being a company or rental truck and you don't need any issue with your certification on your license. The additional add ons such as double-triples, tanker, haz-mat, etc. will benefit any driver's opportunities should they arise but the auto restriction is a restrictive issue.

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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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My training was all manual. Last phase, I did two weeks with a trainer in his manual. When I was issued my first truck it happened to be auto. The company gave me a one half hour training "course" before it could "certify" me to drive an auto. So, I'm confused. My Wisconsin license has no "auto" restriction on it. I could jump in a manual tomorrow. It would all be a company determination.

Is this a practice that varies state by state? BTW, after I drove an automated truck, I wouldn't want to go back to manual.

Davy A.'s Comment
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If I retake the road test in a manual and dont pass would it then mess up my current license? I wouldnt want to drive one for a daily job by any means, and were all automatic anyway, but I would like to have the ability to as someday down the road Id love to buy an old cab over or maybe a vintage truck and restore it.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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If I retake the road test in a manual and don't pass would it then mess up my current license? I wouldn't want to drive one for a daily job by any means, and we're all automatic anyway; but I would like to have the ability to.. as someday down the road I'd love to buy an old cab over or maybe a vintage truck and restore it.

Rickipedia (Rick S.) covered that exponentially, a while back. His research and answer(s) revealed absolutely not.

He's still available to search by member names.. not sure what 'topic' tag, but could be 'automatic transmission' tag....

Best always~

~ Anne ~

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