Not Even Good Enough To Be The Gum On Your Boots

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Bucksfan45 T.'s Comment
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Ugh.. 3rd week of Road master and it feels like my 1st one. I have not driven in traffic yet because the Double-clutch has me triple thumbed. The maneuvers are slowly starting to come together but the offset lane changed has me flummoxed. I'm feeling like an idiot because I feel like this stuff is not coming together. The instructor has been a good guy trying to help me along. Testing is Friday and I'm thinking the pre-trip might be the only thing I might pass. Damn, does this stuff have to be this hard? I'm no idiot,but arghhhhhh. I'm having a hard time putting two and two together. If anyone has any advice,pour it out there,I can use it. I have trolled this site for a month or so,you folks have been a bastion of great advice and helpful suggestions. I feel like the downshift relative to being in traffic has me most concerned,the moves are still not natural and I do not want to mess up in traffic and cause a wreck or something. I want to learn this stuff and I spend hours a day with pre-trip and maneuvers,it's just not sinking in. /rant off. Thanks for reading and any advice.

Phil C.'s Comment
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One thing that helped me was watching videos on you tube like this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGYuONwK7Nc

Phil

HAMMERTIME's Comment
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Best tip I can give you... Don't over think it! Just do it and if you mess up you mess up on your shifting. If your shifting and you can't get it in just find a gear and get it in, most likely a lower gear than the one you are trying to get in. Kind of difficult to give good advice with me showing you in person.

Not sure how strict they are about your shifting but I would just rub and rev. That's like bad advice but I got my CDL doing that and then learned how to shift correctly when I finally went on my trainers truck.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

HAMMERTIME's Comment
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Best tip I can give you... Don't over think it! Just do it and if you mess up you mess up on your shifting. If your shifting and you can't get it in just find a gear and get it in, most likely a lower gear than the one you are trying to get in. Kind of difficult to give good advice with me showing you in person.

Not sure how strict they are about your shifting but I would just rub and rev. That's like bad advice but I got my CDL doing that and then learned how to shift correctly when I finally went on my trainers truck.

Ugh.. need a edit button but I meant to say it's hard for me to give good advice without showing you in person. That's just the way I learn and teach.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

DeJuan J.'s Comment
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I was horrible at shifting but one thing my instructor told me to do was clutch-shift breath clutch-shift. If you breath going into neutral then breath goin into gear you should be fine.

Kip Brown (aka Six)'s Comment
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A lot of it is nerves too. If you learn to relax it will come to you. It will eventually just click and you'll be fine. Soon you'll be thinking this shifting stuff is easy and fun. 6th gear is always you save your ass gear.

Snappy's Comment
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A lot of it is nerves too. If you learn to relax it will come to you. It will eventually just click and you'll be fine. Soon you'll be thinking this shifting stuff is easy and fun. 6th gear is always you save your ass gear.

Yep, and it's usually pretty easy to get into in city traffic. Just slow down to about 15 mph, clutch to neutral, blip the throttle to 1000 or so, clutch to 6th. As long as you don't push the clutch in far enough to activate the clutch brake, you're golden. A lot of people in my class -- including me -- had issues with that habit from driving cars.

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