Learn on a manual or automatic ?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by BlueThunderr, Oct 30, 2018.

Manual or Automatic for new driver training

  1. Manual

    41 vote(s)
    95.3%
  2. Automatic

    2 vote(s)
    4.7%
  1. BlueThunderr

    BlueThunderr Medium Load Member

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    29 -0 !!! And, it looks like this poll is not even close...Thanks for your responses everyone...I am definitely going to be learning on a manual.
     
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  3. Voodoo Pyg

    Voodoo Pyg Oink! Oink!

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    You're ok.
     
  4. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    I’ve done that! I have even stalled it once or twice.
     
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  5. shogun

    shogun Road Train Member

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    Go automatic, all you have to remember is either
    1. Twist and stomp,
    2. Put in D and stomp.
    3. Push D and stomp.
     
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  6. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Right, and 5 seconds later the truck might actually decide to start moving. :mad::rolleyes:
     
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  7. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Smart man. Make sure you test on it too.
     
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  8. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

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    All companies expect a truck driver to be able to drive their equipment. Why limit yourself? Go and learn all you can on a manual and to shift double clutching and then floating. You learn all you can before you shift over to autos.
     
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  9. Cam Roberts

    Cam Roberts Road Train Member

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    They offer them and always will offer them . They aren’t going anywhere. It costs nothing for a manufacture to install at the factory. Eaton will always make them and manufacturers will always have them as an option. I’m an owner operator and I’m friends with several fleet owners that still purchase all Mack’s and Pete’s with manuals. They cost less and cheaper to maintain. Some would consider it a downfall when hiring. Others would disagree. The idiots that can’t drive manual and only automatic still can’t drive worth a #### and manage to break things. They stick to drivers that know the trade and don’t have a restriction on license
     
  10. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    For the record these "autos" are manuals with auto shifters. The basic internal parts are the same!
     
  11. 88228822

    88228822 Heavy Load Member

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    I plan to drive manual for as long as possible. It's fun.
     
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