Thinking About Just Going With Swift Or Knight .......

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Spirit's Comment
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So as you know I have my permit. I took my skills test a few days ago. Failed it! So they have me going again in nov 12. My question is I really need some more shift time.....lol I think if I just join one of the company's that would pair me up with someone and I get some real road time in the go take the test......I would ace it. What do y'all think? Remember I only went to school for three weeks and only the last four days was drive time....or maybe five.can remember. We traded out every hour and there was three of us. And everyday we drove a different truck. So learning the truck all over again .....lol just saying.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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So as you know I have my permit. I took my skills test a few days ago. Failed it! So they have me going again in nov 12. My question is I really need some more shift time.....lol I think if I just join one of the company's that would pair me up with someone and I get some real road time in the go take the test......I would ace it. What do y'all think? Remember I only went to school for three weeks and only the last four days was drive time....or maybe five.can remember. We traded out every hour and there was three of us. And everyday we drove a different truck. So learning the truck all over again .....lol just saying.

Hi Spirit, do you have a CDL-A or just a learners permit? Either way, I am in a company school and the pace is lightening fast and I am not sure I will pass the test to get my CDL. If I don't I will be going to a private school to make sure I can get the extra help I need. My issue isn't the shift as much as the backing. I am going to do the best I can, but if my best isn't good enough, I will do what I have to do. That is my suggestion to you....you have some knowledge so the pace of a company school may not be so bad but be prepared because 3 weeks flies by quickly. I was starting from ground zero having never backed anything with a trailer attached, but did have the coordination to learn to shift. It isn't perfect, but I can keep the truck moving. Good luck in whatever you decide and we will be here to support you in your decision!

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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.
Starcar's Comment
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Shifting is a matter of using multiple senses at the same time...for different things....And now that I've confused you trying following me..... To shift you need to operate your sight, hearing,arms, and legs. You hear the engine reach full rpms for the gear you are in, you clutch in,fuel down, shift up, clutch out, fuel up. The easiest way I can think of,...and what I did, was I sat in a chair, with a cane for a gearshift....and a stiff pillow for a clutch...an extra shoe for a fuel peddle....And I ran thru the gears...both UP and Down....I made the sound of the rpms, so I'd learn to shift. Its kinda weird...but I'll tell ya...it worked...and even this practice is better than NONE>

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