Automatic With Swift

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Justin H.'s Comment
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I do not know how to drive an stick at all. Is it going to be an problem if I decide to go to the school. Will they actually teach me.

Matt S.'s Comment
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From what I've heard tell, you're actually at an advantage. Driving a big rig manual transmission is a whole different world with double clutching and you won't be bringing any bad habits into play. I have lots of experience on driving manual transmission cars so I have lots of bad habits to unlearn.

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.

Justin H.'s Comment
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Okay. I'm kind of scared about this. It going to be an very big leap for me. I'm going to quit my job and try this trucking. I just hope it worth it as far as pay.

Matt S.'s Comment
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It's that way for me too. I think for many people it's a big leap. The deciding factor for me was the amount of misery I was in working in Information Technology. I hit the point where I could not take it anymore. In fact, I crossed that threshold .... this is not an easy decision to make. Talk with as many people as possible and learn as much as you can. I came to the conclusion that if I did not give trucking a shot, I would regret it. If trucking is not meant to be, I'll simply chalk it up to another one of life's adventures and not consider myself a failure.

Ricky A.'s Comment
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I am in school right now and yes they will teach you. The upshifting is not too bad. The down shifting takes a little,getting used to and trying to re over a gear will stress you out. You just have to remember your gonna mess up and your gonna do it alot. But its ok. Thats how you learn. Keep a positive attitude, take a deep breath and you will get it. Good luck

Justin H.'s Comment
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Thank you. I sign up just don't know when to start because I have bills. I needed to know if they are going to start paying me as soon as I'm done with the written test and get my permit. Goodluck to all of you guys. And when I do start. I will keep you posted.

nomad girl's Comment
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No. They will not pay you while you're in school. Once you've passed your pre-inspection, backing (3 total), and road test, they'll pay you $50/day for orientation + any day you're at the yard waiting for a mentor and $9.50/hr (behind the wheel, on-duty driving) when you're with your mentor on the road.

Justin H.'s Comment
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Okay and how long does it take to get past the inspection and the other stuff.

Jon R.'s Comment
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Okay and how long does it take to get past the inspection and the other stuff.

there are 3 sections in all for license tests ..pre trip / backing skills / driving ..if you fail any one ..you must take all again !! as an Instructor ( @ sage caldwell for 5 yrs ) .. and 34 yrs driving experience ,, it usually takes 30 minutes for Pre-trip out side we taught 112 point vehicle inspection the examiner looks for around 50 things ) and 20 min inside cab seat belts , "identify all gauges" . air tanks , oil pressure, amp gauges " and proper operating ranges " windshield "cracks " /air loss "& perameters / brake check 's & tractor protect. valve " about 20 min for all this ... then after all this ....backing skills / usually 30 min / the 9 miles min for driving ,,,the your signed off ( with independent examiner is done ) & the training w/ the company begins ) usually 4-6 weeks ,,then your solo after that ...but depends on the company .... with some it's 12 weeks ,,,

I did alot of pre training w/ student the day before the examiner to ensure the student was ready for tests....

and alot of 20 hrs , training 5 -4 hr days to get student ready to just do pre trip / backing / road tests ...that was( specialized trning )

full school was 40 hrs BTW ) 93 hrs class room ... and was 4,500 $

I hope I answered you questions

Jon R.'s Comment
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I do not know how to drive an stick at all. Is it going to be an problem if I decide to go to the school. Will they actually teach me.

as a driver w/ 34 yrs experience & instructor for 5 yrs experience ( federally certified ) . I'd rather teach up & down shifting to a newbie ( with NO stick experience ) than someone with bad habits , for what it's worth ..!!

I taught many ..out of 700 student I instructed in 5 yrs ( at one school ) and 50 @ another school for 1 year ) ...100 of them w/ no experience in a stick .. they were no problem , most instructors are very patient .. then I taught 1 On one ...many schools have 3-4 students & one instructor in a truck .. decline to teach that way ( I recommend Sage tech for that one reason ) I taught there in caldwell Id. for 5 yrs ..

hope that answers your questions , best of luck to ya !!

P & D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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