Do you float gears or double clutch?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Unkl L, May 16, 2012.

  1. -MadMax-

    -MadMax- Light Load Member

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    When I started floating, I found when I tried to DC, it was off and just didn't feel right any more.
    Since then I've been DC more and can comfortably say, I do equally well with them both.
    "Well" is a subjective term of course :)

    Also, I have noticed, when I'm tired, or frustrated about something (like today, getting my lame ### pay check!) I shift much, much worse...
     
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  3. Sly Fox

    Sly Fox Road Train Member

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    Something gets you out of rhythm and suddenly you're missing the gears.


    I float almost exclusively. Even popping it out of gear, I know how to finesse the throttle to get it to slide right out. Only time I clutch is if I really need to get it out of gear (like downshifting for a shorter offramp) and I don't have as much time.

    Starting floating when I hurt my back and my left leg became a pain to lift while seated. I could if I wanted to, but floating was just easier. Now, I float everything up or down.
     
  4. WitchingHour

    WitchingHour Road Train Member

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    Very cute, but not even close.
     
  5. hardhead1965

    hardhead1965 Bobtail Member

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    When did we start clutching gears in big trucks? That would take the fun out of driving. ------
    Truck driving schools are trying to make driving a truck a job anyone can do when it is not. *******
    Just recently the clutch rod between my pedal and the trans broke. I drove through New Orleans without a clutch. What does someone who doesn't know how to float do in this circustance ????
     
  6. 01cblue

    01cblue Light Load Member

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    Hard on that starter motor to pull that off, unless you cruised right through without having to come to a complete stop.

    Either they learn to float or they stop and call a tow truck.
     
  7. bighaulc-15

    bighaulc-15 Light Load Member

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    hell now i think you have to be able to double clutch during your skills test or they auto take off 5 points
     
  8. bighaulc-15

    bighaulc-15 Light Load Member

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    i would hate to be your knees right now if you always dbl clutch
     
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  9. treedodgingfool

    treedodgingfool Light Load Member

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    I originally learned to float gears and passed my dmv test that way but since going "company," I started double clutching since the employers generally like it. The problem now is I can't untrain myself from dc, it just comes natural, just like downshifting for almost every stop before using the service brake.
     
    bighaulc-15 Thanks this.
  10. fireman5523

    fireman5523 Light Load Member

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    I learned to double clutch specifically for my driving test, and when I did it the examiner said quote "What are you doing? You can't float?" lol
     
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  11. Friz

    Friz Light Load Member

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    I never double clutch. I use the clutch from a dead stop, and to get out of gear when I'm downshifting.
     
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