Going 150 miles to pick up a manual car. Never driven a manual car. Will I be okay?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by longhairdontcare, Jul 16, 2022.

  1. longhairdontcare

    longhairdontcare Light Load Member

    Sep 4, 2016
    The plan is to take an uber up there and drive it back.

    Have experience driving a 10 speed tractor trailer. Is it pretty much the same thing?
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2022
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  3. 062

    062 Road Train Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    Pretty much,you have to give it a little gas as you let the clutch out.
    If it’s new enough it may have hill assist so you don’t roll back and may even give it gas on it’s own.
    No double clutching need.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2022
  4. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

    Apr 10, 2012
    Correction, double clutch not required, but single clutch it at the minimum, EVERY SINGLE SHIFT

    Car transmissions have synchronizers, no clutch use, youll destroy them in short order, you may be able to still shift like normal, but with no syncros, no one else can drive your car.

    Bottom line, double clutching it (meaning a double stab, one clutch out of gear, one clutch into gear) is usually recomended big truck or little car
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  5. Geekonthestreet

    Geekonthestreet Medium Load Member

    Jun 27, 2021
    In a car you just hold the clutch all the way down. Super easy. You can technically double clutch it too but you’re not supposed to.
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  6. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Don't double clutch.
  7. rockeee

    rockeee Light Load Member

    Apr 22, 2015
    Kalama, Wa
    Never heard of anyone double clutching a standard manual. Why would you?
  8. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2016
    Single clutch, don't try to float the gears, give it gas as you let out the clutch. No splitter for high gears. Lol
  9. JC1971

    JC1971 Road Train Member

    Jul 29, 2013
    I used to float the gears in my old VW Bug. Don't know if you can do that in newer manuals.
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  10. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I didn't know people are actually using a clutch in a semi.

    And they're double clutching to boot.
  11. Six9GS

    Six9GS Road Train Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    Yuma, AZ
    I have a Jeep with a manual. I sometimes would 'practice' double clutching with it. I know it is very different with a truck verse a 4 wheeler, but practicing on my Jeep I think helps with getting used to the rhythm of double clutching.
    That said, for a 4 wheeler, push in the clutch (no clutch brake in a 4 wheeler tranny) give it a bit of gas. Feather the clutch to get going. When changing gears, push in the clutch, remove it from the gear you're in and gently put it into the gear you want to go to. Once the tyranny speed and engine speed get close enough to each other, it will slip in gear. That's what the synchomesh does and why you don't need to double clutch. The synchomesh will get the different shafts inside the tyranny to match rpms so it will slip into gear. That's why you just gently put it in gear, it may not drop in instantly, may have to wait a second or two before they match up enough. Then once in gear, let the clutch out. A little practice and viola, it'll work just fine for you.
    Hope that helps!
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