First day behind the wheel!!

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by Michelle33, Mar 7, 2024.

  1. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    I think that Texas is probably one of the better places to look for CDL work.

    Regardless of thr type(s) of freight that interest you -- the work should be there.

    -- L
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    This one looks good!
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  4. Sons Hero

    Sons Hero Heavy Load Member

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    A fleet that runs Paccar trucks at least cares a little!
     
  5. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

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    If you shift low rang gears at 1,000 RPMs you won’t have to worry about matching gears. You can double clutch and it will go into gear even if someone is not good at shifting. This is a trick I was told when learning. You will be shifting gears fast but it will be pretty smooth. The lower the RPMs the less you have match the gears. You don’t need 500 HP to get rolling from traffic light.

    Then for high rang you can shift at 1200 and 1600 RPMs. Bring truck up to 1600 RPMs shift gears, and let engine RPMs drop it should go into gear at 1200 RPMs. Then step on throttle and keep pulling the hills

    If downshifting let RPMs hit 1200. Shift gears and bring entry to 1600RPMs and it go into gear.

    Most truck’s manual transmission have 400 RPMs step between gears. 1200 +400 is 1600 RPMs
     
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  6. Michelle33

    Michelle33 Bobtail Member

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    I did it!!! I got double clutching down, using my splitters- and my turns!! I was driving in 7th gear! Its so much fun!! Next week I start maneuvers and city driving!! :blob2: I'm so excited!! :biggrin_2559:
     
  7. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    You got this!!! Good luck!
     
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  8. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    If you think shifting gears is fun -- wait 'til you try backing a 53' dry van trailer....:p :D

    -- L
     
  9. 2Tap

    2Tap Medium Load Member

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    Bah! Only took me about 120 trailers to become a pro, lol. I was TERRIBLE at school backing. "If you can back a boat trailer you can back a dry van," My Derriere.

    If you get bored at a yard check to see if the spotters need any help, you'll become gangsta in no time and shooting firearms sideways like my latest post.
     
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  10. drivingmissdaisy

    drivingmissdaisy Road Train Member

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    Gosh I remember how happy I was to get my CDL. Then I couldn't find a job for 2 years and spent 2 years as a dispatcher. Go figure.
     
  11. 2Tap

    2Tap Medium Load Member

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    Then you didn't listen to ChinaTown, TScott and MANY other peoples AWESOME advice.

    PAY YOUR DUES!

    I asked many pointed questions, got great advice, thought outside the box and now have the best job i have EVER had in my life.
     
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