Week Four, Celadon. Laredo, Texas March, 2015

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Pepper's Comment
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Sorry that I have not been on here, I have been super busy.

Anyway, last week was really busy. Two of our four road and range instructors are no longer with us as of Friday. So, now, everything is a bit cramped and pushed as we all have to share the time between the two remaining instructors and the classroom instructor.

I got my progress evaluation, and my CDL date has been moved back from the 18th, which is next Wednesday, to the 7th, which is (unfortunately) the next test date that was available with the Laredo test center. I was a lot sad and grumpy about that, but I am okay with it now.

I am doing a lot better with my gears in terms of shifting, but I am not anywhere near flawless. The tip from y'all of not dropping the clutch to the floor has been really helpful.

New people are coming and going, and a lot of refreshers who are here for a short time come and go. It is exciting to see them, because I know that one day, I will be up and down the road like they are!

The weather here continues to be fickle, but that is okay. There is a Goodwill across the highway that is walking distance, and I have made good use of them for my "fashion needs!" (LOL)

Anyway, I have to go for now, I have 10 minutes to go and get breakfast and then get ready for school.

Hugs!

Pepper

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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I hope you get some replacement instructors!

Goodwill has fantastic deals! I've bought "name brand" labels from them, and nobody's the wiser (as if GW is somehow shabby - it's not!)

The shifting will get there. Maybe you're missed some TT discussions about shifting recently. But the main thing is to do what the school requires for graduation. If it's double clutching , then be a d.c. expert, at least till you get out of school.

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Matt 's Comment
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Hey Pepper, I'm on my last week here at ATDS in Elm Mott TX, and so far our test date is still the 18th. I learned an invaluable tip my second week in terms of shifting... more often than not, you only need to be a couple inches into the working phase of the clutch to perform a smooth shift, so I will second that point of not burying the clutch, at that point you would be into the "clutch/brake" phase of the clutch.

They don't require double clutching , but if you cannot properly float gears , they will to reduce wear on the transmissions lol.... never the less, I am comfortable in saying I have become a double clutch pro haha, but feel at a disadvantage that once I leave with a Trainer after company orientation, I will have to eventually learn to shift all over again... er run the gauntlet of spit talk about granny clutching lol.

Best of luck!

Float Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

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.

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