Does your 4 wheel vehicle ever go back to feeling like "normal size" again?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by GhentSaintPeters, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Curly88

    Curly88 Light Load Member

    May 16, 2012
    Rexford Mt
    If your shifter is by your center console just be careful you don't reach down and slam it into park coming up to a stop sign.
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  3. ncmickey

    ncmickey Road Train Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Durham NC
    It’s not the size that bothers me. It’s the wide right turns that give me away. For the first few hrs in a car after driving the truck I make the widest right turns and get pissed at the people who pull past the stop lines when making a left... even though there is plenty of room for a car... lol
  4. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Nov 11, 2008
    Sorrento Maine
    Nope. I havent turned commercial miles since 2008. I still feel the tug of that 53 foot can.
    I cringe when ever the wife takes sharp corners and doesnt think about looking to see where the vehicle tracks
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  5. 88 Alpha

    88 Alpha Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    SouthEast Alabama
    Since more and more companies have automatic transmissions, many will never know the feeling of getting use to a clutch in a truck, then getting in their POVs with their auto-trans.

    I came awful close to falling out of the seat the first week after getting out of my 10 speed and into this auto shift truck. Many, MANY times that first week, I would reach over and grab the gearshifter that wasn't there and dang near fall over . I had to keep the right armrest down on the driver's seat to help prevent the fall.

    While you will eventually get use to it, the longer you are a Class A driver, the less "Normal" your personal vehicle will feel, particularly if you have those tiny cars. It makes sense because you spend more time driving the work trucks.
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  6. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    One of our cars has a clutch and I would start of float my shifts. The big thing was I kept trying to turn the jakes on.
  7. booley

    booley Medium Load Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    a few years ago, this was our rental in Switzerland. A Citreon Jumpy, had a 6 spd manual. Well I kept trying to "float" my shifts and the thing kept stalling. Took awhile to figure out that it had that automatic stop/start (no idle) feature... That red truck in the background was pretty cool...I watched him park (it was an automatic) but then the frontend "kneeled-down" before he climbed out... IMG_0951.JPG
  8. booley

    booley Medium Load Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Last few times I've worked has been in an automatic, and I keep trying to push in that invisible clutch...
  9. WildTiger1990

    WildTiger1990 Heavy Load Member

    Apr 21, 2015
    I have Subaru Legacy, never had problem with switching from giant truck to mid-size car, I have another problem, SOMETIME I my driving my car now like maniac, cause of trying to pay off all that slow movement when I am driving in a truck :(
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  10. EuropeanTrucker

    EuropeanTrucker Medium Load Member

    Jun 15, 2018
    My Honda Accord feels just so low I’m sitting on the ground.

    I told my wife I was I had a daycab as an everyday vehicle.
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  11. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    I once tried to shift my car in reverse, when I thought I was getting into top gear. Luckily, the tranny just grinds for a second before I realized what I was doing. I have seen a Nissan 4-wheeler actually achieve reverse gear while accelerating. The nose makes an aggressive dive for the pavement.
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