ESTES Express (1 Year Review)

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  1. BeHereNow97

    BeHereNow97 Medium Load Member

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    Hey dumb question while I'm thinking about it, I never drove a manual at night. With the semi-trucks, does the stick and the gear box (not sure if that's the proper terminology) light up at nighttime to help you see the general area?

    I'm sure the veterans have no need for it and know everything by heart, but for drivers without much manual experience it would be helpful I think. There were several times in CDL school where I had to glance down at the gear box for a second to help gauge where I was at and where I was going with the gears. I know you're supposed to look straight ahead but sometimes a glance is necessary too, at least it was for me.
     
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  3. KaoMinerva

    KaoMinerva Road Train Member

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    No it doesn't light up lol
     
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  4. Ronniev1262

    Ronniev1262 Light Load Member

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    Maybe a stupid question if there is such a thing. Does the stick really light up at in the dark?
     
  5. stanleyds88

    stanleyds88 Light Load Member

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    Just go by the road speed. You'll know pretty quick if you're in the wrong gear lol.
     
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  6. stanleyds88

    stanleyds88 Light Load Member

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    If you truly need to see the stick, there's interior red lights usually. Or a dome light. Or the glow from the ELD.
     
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  7. 59EX

    59EX Medium Load Member

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    The very first hotel I went to had bedbugs which I didn't realize until I was leaving, it also seemed like it was a trap house. That was the only place I felt uneasy at. There was another one that smelled like weed and smoke but was fine besides that. That's about it. All the other places were fine.

    The trainer is there to teach you the ropes of LTL and Estes. They're not there to teach you how to drive. You need to be proficient and comfortable with being able to jump into anything and drive decent.

    I rode with a couple of different linehaul guys for about a week and a half. Keep in mind I had one year of LTL experience already and have been driving for 5+ years. YMMV.
     
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  8. jtaran06

    jtaran06 Road Train Member

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    Estes really has trainers?
     
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  9. Ronniev1262

    Ronniev1262 Light Load Member

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    You're kidding? Was that a joke?

    So, now you have to see the stick to shift?
     
  10. 59EX

    59EX Medium Load Member

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    I mean these guys weren't designated as "trainers" per say, just a couple of guys that dispatch asked if a new guy can ride with. It was good to get some basic info but one being a hub guy and the other having a scheduled run neither really knew whole lot about the extra board.

    I kinda had to hint around that I was ready to roll out on my own because after couple of days I was pretty much ready. Whatever I needed to learn was going to happen when I got out on my own.
     
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  11. stanleyds88

    stanleyds88 Light Load Member

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    Just answering the new dudes question. I don't need to see it, its all second nature to me.
     
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