I need to test drive a manual transmission Peterbuilt in Commerce, GA

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Roadster1, Jun 19, 2024.

  1. Roadster1

    Roadster1 Bobtail Member

    Jun 19, 2024
    The company I am applying to work for is using both manual and automatic Peterbuilts. I worked with manual trucks when I was in truck driving school, but that was back in 2018. I have been driving ever since then, but the companies I worked with are using automatic Freightliners. So basically, I need to test drive a manual Peterbuilt. Would it work if I go to a truck stop and pay someone to test drive their truck? My friends don't drive a truck.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2024
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    Why's it have to be a Pete? A manual is a manual.
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  4. Sons Hero

    Sons Hero Road Train Member

    Jan 8, 2021
    How would it help to have someone else drive their truck? Aren’t they sending someone along on your test drive?
  5. Vampire

    Vampire Medium Load Member

    May 14, 2011
    Just know that if you try to grind and find them, they might make you get out, then lock the doors and let you walk the rest of the way.

    Why not find a place that will give you refresher training instead of potentially messing up someone’s equipment?
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  6. supersnackbar

    supersnackbar Road Train Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Your Town, USA
    Admit to the tester that the last time you drove a manual was in 2018 and have been in auto's for a while so you might be a little rusty. It's like riding a bike. If you mastered it good enough to pass your CDL road test back then, it will come back to you, just relax and drive, muscle memory will take over. The company I work for has a mix of auto and 13 speed manuals, the last 13 I drove was almost 20 years ago and I only drove it for a few months back then. I hopped into the truck to road test for this company and in a few minutes it clicked and I was driving it like it I had been driving one all along.
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  7. Atlanta trucker

    Atlanta trucker Road Train Member

    Jan 25, 2017
    Just tell them you want your test drive in an auto. What is the worst they could say ??
  8. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

    May 10, 2015
    Detroit, MI
    Lol I can only imagine giving my truck to some random rookie at some random truck stop , to practice driving a manual.
    Find a local CDL school, pay them some money and hopefully they will give you a truck to practice
  9. Thrasher28

    Thrasher28 Road Train Member

    Aug 12, 2021
    Bowling Green, KY
    If you were pretty decent at it in school, you might be alright. It's like riding a bike. Itll come back to ya quickly. If it took some effort and was rough in school, probably better off seeing if you can take a 1 on 1 short refresher at the local school
  10. W923

    W923 Road Train Member

    Feb 28, 2022
    Just find some ragged out Volvo or crapcadia at the truck stop I can’t believe one of those drivers could turn down a 100 dollar bill….
    Might have to use google translate to explain what you want lol
    Do they even drive manuals…idk probably all autos
  11. TX2Day

    TX2Day Medium Load Member

    Apr 24, 2023
    Is your school close? If so go back there and pay for the use of their manual truck.
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