How Bad Is It If You Don't Train On A Manual?

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Thing Is Bruce is once one learns how to float gears you don’t use the clutch unless you are coming from a dead stop. You would barely use it as an otr driver most days. Heck as a local driver I barely use it. I simply creep in low gear in traffic or approaching a red light.

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I do a lot of driving on very congested routes - such as Tonnelle Avenue a/k/a Truck 1&9 in Jersey City, or the approach to the George Washington Bridge toll plaza - and this is what I do. I make it a game to see how long I can go creeping along floating through the lower gears without touching the clutch to get going from a complete stop. If nothing else, it helps alleviate the tedium of sitting in traffic.

Float Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Thing Is Bruce is once one learns how to float gears you don’t use the clutch unless you are coming from a dead stop. You would barely use it as an otr driver most days. Heck as a local driver I barely use it. I simply creep in low gear in traffic or approaching a red light.

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I do a lot of driving on very congested routes - such as Tonnelle Avenue a/k/a Truck 1&9 in Jersey City, or the approach to the George Washington Bridge toll plaza - and this is what I do. I make it a game to see how long I can go creeping along floating through the lower gears without touching the clutch to get going from a complete stop. If nothing else, it helps alleviate the tedium of sitting in traffic.

Reading the comments of you and Bird One in how you have an art and strategy to floating gears in traffic is entertainment. I don't say that in jest but rather appreciation for the presentation and the work described.

Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Float Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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