Are "manual Transmissions Only" Drivers Supertruckers?

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Delco Dave's Comment
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I just trained and tested on a manual with ABF Freight so I have no restriction. While most of the fleet consists of Auto’s, there’s still some manuals in the mix. I’m glad to be able to drive any truck I get in but am totally fine and looking forward to driving an auto.

Up to this point, my only time in an auto has been around the terminal so I can’t make a true comparison as to which I like better just yet never being out on the road with an auto. I have to imagine driving an auto will be less stressful/easier since you don’t have to worry about shifting on top of all the other things that need your constant attention while driving.

I can say that I prefer a manual for backing up over an auto as of now. I have much better control with the clutch on the manual then with the brake on an auto. I have struggled a bit to back smoothly with an auto around the yard due to the brake assist function. Maybe its just the Freightliners, haven’t backed an auto Mack yet. The other drivers at my terminal said I will get used to it, figure out how hard to push the brake pedal and get smoother with more repetitions.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

PJ's Comment
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The nail was hit squarely on the head already. Big companies figured out years ago shifting was the biggie problem for alot of students. So go to an auto. 1 big problem solved or was it???

Our entire society keeps duming down, instead of maintaining higher standards. Is lowering a standard going to put safer drivers on the road??? It will put more drivers out there for sure.

Look at what trucks are speeding through parking lots and truck stops sometime. It is mostly trucks with auto’s because all the driver does is push the pedal and the truck does the rest. The truck doesn’t know any better, and alot of drivers these days don’t seem to know better either.

I don’t give a rats behind how trucks are equipped we need to put back some higher standards and hold drivers to those standards.

Just my 2 cents.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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100% agree with this!!!! There are some real clowns out here…it’s gotten worse.

The nail was hit squarely on the head already. Big companies figured out years ago shifting was the biggie problem for alot of students. So go to an auto. 1 big problem solved or was it???

Our entire society keeps duming down, instead of maintaining higher standards. Is lowering a standard going to put safer drivers on the road??? It will put more drivers out there for sure.

Look at what trucks are speeding through parking lots and truck stops sometime. It is mostly trucks with auto’s because all the driver does is push the pedal and the truck does the rest. The truck doesn’t know any better, and alot of drivers these days don’t seem to know better either.

I don’t give a rats behind how trucks are equipped we need to put back some higher standards and hold drivers to those standards.

Just my 2 cents.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bird-One's Comment
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Alright Jake B. Not sure if you are just bored, trolling or looking for attention. I checked out your post on ttr. And there wasn’t a single comment of “autos being for sissies” or what happened to a man’s pride. The only one who said that was you in your initial post on ttr. I’ll give credit where credit is due it was actually a constructive conversation on it. Bizarre man.

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Go over onto thetruckersreport.com and you'll find the people I'm talking about.

Autos are for sissies. I want full control over my truck. What happened to a man's pride in being a man. Etc.

I don't know how have a stick that you move and a third pedal makes you better but ok. Just look at some of the auto vs manual discussions on the forum over there. There's no shortage of testosterone filled Rambo types shaming the auto drivers.

What do you guys think?

Papa Pig's Comment
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It is not really that easy to get the e restriction removed. I’m not sure if it’s the new ELDT requirements or not. I think it was different before Feb but I have had at least 2 people come through the school I teach at that already have a cdl but want to get the restriction removed. They have to go through the whole course to be able to test out in a manual. Being able to drive a manual makes doesn’t make you a better trucker. I have taught some idiots how to shift proficiently. It may make you more marketable if there is that perfect job but they may have 10 speeds instead of autos. Being a safe, courteous, and smart professional is what makes a good trucker IMHO. Someone who can trip plan and work around their clock who will consistently get the freight there on time , undamaged. Someone who doesn’t park at the fuel island and go in for a shower lol. Someone that suprises their FM when they get an empty call hours or a full day before expected.

Then again what do I know?🤷🏻‍♂️

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.

Fm:

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.
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