Backing And Shifting

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Jessie G.'s Comment
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So, today I got some time in a truck. I just so happen to have family that drive. My nephew offered to show me a few things with his truck. I got to do alot of backing, straight line into a wide parking spot and in between the fuel pumps at an abandoned truck stop, not all straight line. Also did some 90° backing. I think I did good, only had to do one pull up to get in between the pumps. My arms and legs are tired...instead of letting the truck do what it does, I fought it and it beat me...my nephew pointed out what I was doing, I changed up and I beat the truck.

Shifting...that was a chore. First, he had me pull out in 2nd and go from there to 5th. I grinded a few, he explained that I needed to watch my tach, at around 1500-1600 RPM, with pressure on the stick, release the gas, truck comes out of gear, if truck is below the correct RPM, rev go into next gear. I did this til I could go from 2nd to 5th easily. He then had me go from 2nd to 8th, I missed 8th because of a curve but the others were there, easily. I think I have a good feel for doing both of these with a little more practice.

Down Shifting...sucks.

To be continued...

Eckoh's Comment
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He was teaching you to float. That is a big nono in school. Have him show you how to double clutch as well

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.

C. S.'s Comment
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He was teaching you to float. That is a big nono in school. Have him show you how to double clutch as well

Agreed. At least in my state, double clutching is a requirement of passing the DMV road test.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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