Manuel Transmission Knowledge Needed? For School

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Mike L.R.'s Comment
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One thing that makes me nervous about starting school is that i have neverdriven a standard/manuel vehicle of any kind...well unless you count my mountain bike but nothing with an engine in it. Is that going to make it harder for me.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Believe it or not, but it's actually more of a benefit to have not driven a manual.

You develop a ton of habits while driving a manual car, all of those habits will mess you up badly in a truck. You will have the advantage of not having these habits like a person who has driven a manual will have.

It's a real pain to teach someone who has been driving a manual all their life. You have to make them unlearn their bad habits before they can learn the correct way to shift a truck.

So honestly, you're in a great position right now! This is a blessing in disguise in the trucking industry.

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HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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I agree. I grew up driving manuals and it took me some real concentration to get out of my habits, they weren't bad, just wrong for that type manual transmission. You'll be fine. You develop muscle memory and thats way its hard to change after a long period of time doing something the same way

David's Comment
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Not to be that guy but, I didn't have much issue with driving a manual truck. Other than remembering 8-10,gears vs 4-5... Was to bad for me. I've also been double clutching way before I started driving truck, might have been what helped...

As Daniel said though, you are in a good position to learn easier. Once you get it down you'll be able to drive a car that's stick too.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I've also been double clutching way before I started driving truck, might have been what helped...

What were you double clutching if it wasn't a big rig?

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.

David's Comment
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I've also been double clutching way before I started driving truck, might have been what helped...

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What were you double clutching if it wasn't a big rig?

My bug.. It doesn't like single clutching..

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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My bug.. It doesn't like single clutching..

Oh....I don't know anything about the transmissions in those. Sounds like maybe the synchronizers are worn out?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matt S.'s Comment
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Any advice for unlearning bad habits? I drove a manual transmission car for almost 8 years. Gulp!

PJ's Comment
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For me I was actually saying "out" "in" in my head to myself. It worked for me.

ButtonUp's Comment
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For me I was actually saying "out" "in" in my head to myself. It worked for me.

The biggest "bad habit" I had was keeping the clutch pushed in when I was trying to find a gear. If I missed the gear, I would actually floor the clutch and ride the clutch brake until it went in. Bad habit! Sometimes letting it out a little, or even pushing it back in a little gets it in. People will say you only need to push it in a little bit, but it's different in different trucks. If you know how to find the friction point, the point where you start to feel the engine grab when you are slowly letting the clutch out, that's the general area I've found works best to use when shifting.

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