And no companies don't call Manuals "Bad"
They want to stick any soul into a 18 wheeler, have that one push a button "Go" and off they go with zero expense in training etc. Zero damage and greater profitability in fuel mileage among other things. Essentially on one hand having the automatic dumb down the big truck and make them idiot proof. On the other hand they do offer some advantages over manuals.
Learn on a manual. That way the STATE does not slap you with a stupid restriction. Anything worth doing in these USA gets a restriction or banned slapped on. It's stupid. The States only have been doing this a limited number of years.
Truckers on the other hand coming into the industry, they are by percentage unable to have sufficient critical thinking to manage or learn a manual effectively. Its a sort of a chicken and egg problem. No one spends time and money to train effectively on manual anymore and everyone thinks they can just buy a truck with push button steer wheel holding graduates of CDL school not much good for anything remotely like what truckers used to have to do as captains of the ship decades ago.
You will find manuals very good when spec'ed carefully and used correctly by talented professionals that have been on them long enough to do it right in situations in which a auto will probably be a liability.
Learn on a manual or automatic ?
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snowlauncher and x1Heavy Thank this.
- Apr 16, 2014
buddyd157 Road Train Member
- May 25, 2017
frankly too, i do not see a future with 100% automatic fleets.Last edited: Oct 30, 2018
lovesthedrive, snowlauncher and Suspect Zero Thank this.
Heck new cars and trucks are deliberately being built without manuals. God forbid we need a two range splitter for a freaking toy pickup truck costing 90,000 dollars that spins all 4 wheels in a bit of morning frost.
One of my greatest accomplishments in life, such as it is is getting a wife to do a manual of a truck. Im pretty convinced in a year or three trapped in such a environment, she would shift better than me.
I think Jim Palmer Trucking trains in 10-speed stick shifts at their school.
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- Jul 25, 2008
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Not all companies are going automatic. Some keep the manual transmissions because of the cost savings when buying large numbers of trucks. Don't limit your options by having an automatic restriction on your license.bryan21384 and snowlauncher Thank this.
snowlauncher Road Train Member
- Mar 28, 2014
Learning to drive a manual transmission is VERY important IMO... I learned to drive a car with a stick and I'm glad for it. I learned to drive a big rig with a 13 speed and I'm glad for it. Even though manual transmission seems to be slowly dying out in motor vehicles, I still prefer being able to decide when to shift.
My old pickup is a 5 speed and I have already begun to teach my son how to drive it. Eventually it will be his to drive. I hope to find another newer pickup with a stick for myself someday...
Bottom line LEARN TO DRIVE A MANUAL TRANSMISSION!!!
- Nov 11, 2008
In many ways? Having learned to drive manual in tractor trailer helped in making better decisions on how to drive a personal vehicle with a stick shift.
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