Which Truck Driving Schools Specifically Train You On Automatic?

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Andrea H.'s Comment
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Hi y'all quick question... Are there any Truck Driving Schools that train you on Automatic transmission? Unfortunately, I never learned how to drive a stick shift. Let me know, please and thank you. Safe travels

Brandon G.'s Comment
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I think most schools train on automatics with a option to train on manual. I’ve heard it’s easier to learn to drive a 10 speed if you’ve never driven a stick shift since the shifting procedures are quite different, so maybe give it a try.It’ll be one less restriction on your license.

Hi y'all quick question... Are there any Truck Driving Schools that train you on Automatic transmission? Unfortunately, I never learned how to drive a stick shift. Let me know, please and thank you. Safe travels

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hi y'all quick question... Are there any Truck Driving Schools that train you on Automatic transmission? Unfortunately, I never learned how to drive a stick shift. Let me know, please and thank you. Safe travels

Andrea! Howdy, again, haha!

Just replied in your other thread; most companies train TOTALLY in automatics! Specialty stuff, like oversized and some LTL and .. BIG stuff not for newbies, still (sometimes!) use manuals.

Just starting out in the industry? No worries, no fears! You'll be okay.

Another thing I forgot to mention in your other thread; your DL issue should 'really' not be so bad, unless there's something you're not telling, haha!

Again, DO THIS: Apply For Paid CDL Training!

No worries about manuals right now, if ever!

Wish you well,

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: read along / watch .... about autos ! Truckin' Along w/Kearsey!

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
Travis's Comment
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The school I used and just yesterday finished from, Cape Fear Community College, in Southeastern NC has no automatics so it's only manuals. I'm not sure how common that is anymore though. Just giving you a data point.

BK's Comment
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Andrea, put manuals out of your thinking. If a school doesn’t train you on AMT (Auto Mated Transmission, aka ‘auto’, just move on to training that does. The vast majority of training trucks will be AMT.

I trained on manual exclusively and have driven manual vehicles since I first started. When I was issued my first truck, I got an AMT. I would never go back to manual. When I got that truck, I was qualified in driving manual, so I had to get qualified in AMT. it took an entire 30 minutes of instruction from my trainer. Then off I went with my AMT and it was to my benefit. You DO NOT need to learn manual shifting to drive a truck.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Hey Andrea, I'm born and raised on LI. What part of NY are you from. I live in Charlotte, NC and have been out to the Island twice by truck.

CFI trains for free. I don't know what areas they are currently hiring from. Training is on automatics and our fleet is 100% automatic. We have dry van and refer options.

Good luck.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

TWIC:

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.

Brandon G.'s Comment
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Can you actually have a automatic restriction on your license?

PackRat's Comment
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Can you actually have a automatic restriction on your license?

Sure. Many states will show it as a restriction, i.e. "Auto Only".

Brandon G.'s Comment
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Right, I meant a restriction to only drive automatic transmission.

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Can you actually have a automatic restriction on your license?

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Sure. Many states will show it as a restriction, i.e. "Auto Only".

Brandon G.'s Comment
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Sorry, I meant a restriction to only drive manual transmission

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