I have a manual restriction on my license I just got yesterday.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by cox177, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. cox177

    cox177 Bobtail Member

    Jan 14, 2021
    With that restriction do I need to get a new permit to retest with a manual truck? I am in Indiana.
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  3. SoulScream84

    SoulScream84 Road Train Member

    Mar 21, 2020
    I can't speak for Indiana, but in Colorado it only requires scheduling a new driving test.
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  4. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Hampton Virginia
    You will have to test again. The only thing I don't know is how extensive said test will be. I know a driver that tested about a year ago. The examiner just wanted him to drive a few blocks and wanted him to start off on a rather steep hill. The test was over in about 15 minutes, did not even go over the brake tests or the pretrip. Your mileage may vary! Just be ready to do the ENTIRE thing over again!
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    DARKNIGHTRUCKER Light Load Member

    May 3, 2020
    I have it too . This is also a question I had but I'm not super concerned about it right now just working for mega carriers many of their fleets are automatic anyway .

    I felt like I didn't have enough time to practice manual truck driving in my school program. I was getting better at it but I only had a set number of driving hours in that one week , and they strongly advised me to just test on the auto .

    When I was learning to drive a manual car it seemed almost impossible to me at first . I had to take several weeks and find a totally different teacher to learn it well enough to drive on my own .
  6. Hazmat Cat

    Hazmat Cat Medium Load Member

    Oct 18, 2019
    They made me get a new permit. Pretrip, straight line, parallel, and offset, then drive. Just the usual bs.
  7. staceydude

    staceydude Medium Load Member

    Apr 3, 2020
    I was told I’m Texas you have the do the entire road test but not the pretrip or backing.
  8. inandoutoftrouble

    inandoutoftrouble Road Train Member

    Sep 20, 2012
    With automatic transmissions becoming the norm throughout the country, it probably won't matter anymore if a truck driver has that restriction on his or her license.

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  9. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    It ain't hard to learn shifting. I had it down pretty good after a couple hours in the truck. I bet it'd be a lot easier if you were already comfortable handling a truck in city traffic, rather than having everything thrown at you at once.
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  10. CargoWahgo

    CargoWahgo Road Train Member

    Jan 10, 2012
    Louisville, Kentucky
    Prob gotta go to a testing site.
    Sellersburg is the one closest to me that has a state examiner on site. That tdi truck school in southern indiana.

    Or just goto a mega. They all want autos anyway it seems.
  11. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    It's to your benefit to know how to drive a manual tranny. Because some day, somewhere, you will be assigned a manual in front of "the guys" and you DON'T want to suffer the giggles from them when you meekly say "I don't know how to drive a manual". It almost happened to me when I was assigned a 5X4 set of sticks in my early years which I had never driven, but I bluffed my way thru it and figured it out as I got down the highway !
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