Coming to complete stop in a 10 speed

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Calical1888, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. bubbanbrenda

    bubbanbrenda Road Train Member

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    When you were in school they were teaching you to pass the test. Now you are learning to drive the truck.
     
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  3. TigerShark

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    no. you either are a terrible driver who is on population control missions or you get your clutch confused with your brake. please let me know which city you drive in so i can avoid you.
     
  4. Pumpkin Oval Head

    Pumpkin Oval Head Road Train Member

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    Same here, except I like to downshift to my takeoff gear before I come to a dead stop, while I am just coasting a bit, about 2 or 3 mph. Empty I usually go to 2nd gear for takeoff.
     
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    lagbrosdetmi Box Monkey

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    Let me know how that joke went so far over your head
     
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  6. Kfrancistrucking

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    Sitting at a red light do you wait in neutral or in gear?
     
  7. scottied67

    scottied67 Road Train Member

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    Supposed to be in gear. If you can see the opposing lights, you might be able to slip it to neutral and judge when your light might be turning green next and start getting back in gear just before the green so you can roll without delaying all the traffic behind you to wait another light cycle.
     
  8. Rooster1291979

    Rooster1291979 Road Train Member

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    The only time the clutch goes to the floor is when you're fully stopped. I downshift to low range, then I push the clutch far enough to engage it and slowly go down to the next gear and then the next. Rolling into gear. Don't grind it.

    On hard stops I have one foot on the brake one on the gas. Downshifting while still applying the brake.
     
  9. Pumpkin Oval Head

    Pumpkin Oval Head Road Train Member

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    It depends....if there are cars or trucks ahead of you that will take a second to get going, I wait in neutral, as there will be time to shift into gear while they start to move.
    Is it a fresh red light.....I go to neutral to wait for the yellow on the cross traffic, then I get into gear.
    Is it a stale red light....I am creeping up to the light so I dont have to stop......if I do have to stop, it should be a short wait, and I will stay in gear.
     
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  10. OldeSkool

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    So I have a question on this topic. I'm driving about 35-40 through town. As I'm coming up to a traffic light the car passing me on the left whips over in front of me just as the light turns yellow. I would probably blow the caution light, but the car of course slams the brakes. I know this isnt technically right, but I shove it in neutral and slam the brakes. Never rear ended anyone yet. How do you clutch and down shift properly in a situation like that with only seconds to respond.
     
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  11. WeWantGreatness

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    How far out were you from the light? A couple feet? A couple yards? Was this a stale green light or one of those traffic lights that change depending on the traffic situation?
     
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