Auto vs. Manual Transmission......

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by 31N90W, May 17, 2018.

  1. 31N90W

    31N90W Light Load Member

    Sep 3, 2013
    I attended a state approved driving school where we were taught to double clutch using a manual transmission. When I began to drive, I learned how to float the gears up and down. The first few years, I drove manual transmissions. My current gig ( for a year-and-a-half) has me using an automatic transmission. I have to admit, I really enjoy the automatic transmission. I I think the autoT frees up the driver to pay attention to other things, like driving. I'm curious where do you all fall on manual versus automatic transmissions?
  2. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

    Nov 10, 2015
    Never driven automatic, but I can see where it would be very nice in rush hour traffic.
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  3. Trucking in Tennessee

    Trucking in Tennessee Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    I like them more than I dislike them. Hard to be fair, because every automatic I have driven has been speed restricted. It is a help for less distraction since it frees up a hand.
  4. Md420

    Md420 Medium Load Member

    Nov 2, 2015
    I like them and they are getting better. Every company should just pay for the rights to use the ishift IMO
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  5. Odin's Rabid Dog

    Odin's Rabid Dog Medium Load Member

    May 6, 2018
    Like the OP, I trained on manuals, Double clutching and floating. I drove an auto Kenworth T680 for 10K miles in training, then Freightliner auto (T12) for 70K otr. That 70K miles was October through May, mostly western States. A LOT of adverse road and weather conditions, including Whitebird on snow pack/icy, Cabbage quite a few times, 3 or 4 times in heavy fresh snow, Vail in heavy fresh snow/pack, Snoqualmie in snow, snow pack, lots of rain, Fourth of July and Lookout and Homestake in fresh snow, snow pack/icy, you get the picture.

    I agree with OP. I feel autos are safer. I believe they are more fuel efficient, or can be, depending on load, programming, etc, but that's the subject of much debate.

    I've heard seasoned drivers cite lack of a sense of control, now admittedly I have very little experience, but I never felt lack of control with the auto.

    PS: FlowBelows SUCK for chaining.

    PPS: I start pulling chips with manuals, possum bellies, a- & b-trains tonight or tomorrow night.
  6. Bean Jr.

    Bean Jr. Road Train Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Not harping on you, but I think that is the silliest thing I've heard. I've read it countless trucking mags and have heard it from equipment "experts". Shifting is part of driving. "If you don't have to pay attention to braking, you can pay more attention to driving" "if you don't have to steer, then you can pay more attention to driving". Actually, doing things that are driving, like not using cruise control makes you pay more attention.

    But if you like it better, it's all good.
  7. Snoopycda

    Snoopycda Light Load Member

    Jan 22, 2016
    Edmonton Ab.
    Are you the same guy that didn't like those "New fangled single stick transmissions with the splitters"?
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  8. Bean Jr.

    Bean Jr. Road Train Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Not me. I don't have a problem with somebody preferring an auto. I just don't buy that having it shift lets you pay more attention to driving.
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  9. Bean Jr.

    Bean Jr. Road Train Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    I may have posted that I ran into old man Frock, and he never has driven one.
  10. ChaoSS

    ChaoSS Road Train Member

    Sep 20, 2014
    If you've been shifting for a couple years and you still have to think about it, you're doing something wrong. It should just happen, second nature.
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