Are "manual transmissions only" types of drivers supertruckers?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Jbrow327, Apr 29, 2022.

  1. ad356

    ad356 Road Train Member

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    I just bought a 2022 Subaru crosstrek, not a sports car. I bought the 6 speed manual. The EPA rates the manual with a significant mileage penalty of 25 mpg combined. I'm getting 32.8 mpg with a significant number of hills. I am very happy with the car so far. They do still exist, you have to look for them
     
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  3. ad356

    ad356 Road Train Member

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    If you cant shift you shouldn't be doing my job, hauling milk 107k gross weight. If you dont know how, learn it. My boss thought he was going to convert his fleet to autoshifts. He's discovered the autoshift are less reliable, more expensive to repair, dont back well with a heavy load, no one will refuse to drive a manual but quite a few refuse to drive an autoshift.

    He's last 4 new trucks have all come with 18 manual transmissions, including the brand new t880 sitting at the yard. T880 18 manual Cummins x15 565hp
     
  4. Geekonthestreet

    Geekonthestreet Medium Load Member

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    UPS tests on a 10 speed so maybe the teamsters are all super truckers???
     
  5. Jbrow327

    Jbrow327 Light Load Member

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    They sure drive like supertruckers.
     
  6. Bret1984

    Bret1984 Medium Load Member

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    It's personal preference. I personally have had more issues with automatic transmissions than I have with manual transmissions. As such I personally prefer driving with a manual. It's not an ego thing just a personal preference. Also I don't want to get too used to an automatic then when I go for the next job get re introduced to a manual where I run the risk of potentially grinding a gear or two after being on an auto for too long. My company has both. They gave me an auto but I keep asking them to switch me to one of the manuals. They keep saying that shouldn't be a problem yet here I am still with the auto. I'll email my manager about it again tomorrow.
     
  7. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    "Supertrucker" seems to be a term thrown around by those who feel intimidated by the success of others.
     
  8. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

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    And all this time I thought it was length of the chain on the wallet
     
  9. Bret1984

    Bret1984 Medium Load Member

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    The auto I got in this KW is pretty good. I actually like it better than the Volvo. It's like the Volvo when you push the P+ button but all the time.
     
  10. Around the block

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    Automatics are good for certain segments of this industry. If you're doing city work all day hauling around 130,000 lbs, many drivers do prefer automatics after they've experienced the ease, instead of spending literally every two seconds of a 10 hour day shifting an 18 speed.
     
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  11. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    I had to back this drivers KW not long ago. Is there a way to back it so it goes slow and smooth as opposed to the "throttle then brake" repeated motion?
     
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