Manuel transmission training

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Igtur6, Jul 25, 2021.

  1. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Nov 11, 2008
    Sorrento Maine
    Here is a person whom made the change and loves it.
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  3. Lazer

    Lazer Medium Load Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    What ever opens more opportunities for you is a good thing.
    Don’t listen to those who poo poo driving a manual.
  4. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    All transmissions are H patterns. Add a few buttons or 2 sticks, piece of cake. :headbang:
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  5. Switcher

    Switcher Light Load Member

    Nov 13, 2016
    I spoke with a Fedex Freight driver, he said they keep a manual truck in their yard for training purposes.
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  6. Harry Hickory

    Harry Hickory Bobtail Member

    Jul 16, 2013
    Suddenly we're all spelling bee champions
  7. Harry Hickory

    Harry Hickory Bobtail Member

    Jul 16, 2013
    My company is a local company that pulls bulkers. We are 70% auto. The autos are newer Volvos whereas the manuals r old Kenworths. The KWs are pos. Nobody wants to drive them. Newbies are forced to drive them unless they have a restriction.
  8. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    CDL schools barely give any instruction in manuals even when they are using manual trucks. My school had us driving manual trucks around the yard and backing before anyone got to drive on the streets with an instructor. Most ofvthe instruction was delivered at great volume while coasting through an intersection and grinding gears.
  9. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Ainigriv Notpmah
    The way things are going I suspect in another 20+ years a manual tranny will be almost as rare as a driver being paid hub miles is today!
  10. Speed_Drums

    Speed_Drums Heavy Load Member

    Dec 26, 2014
  11. BeHereNow97

    BeHereNow97 Medium Load Member

    Sep 15, 2020
    I went to CDL school at my local community college and trained/tested out in a manual. Then I went OTR with a company that had 100% autos for company drivers so I drove an automatic for 2 years. I then went into LTL and I was honest with Estes in that I had no restriction on my license so legally I could drive a manual, but that it had been 2 years and I was very rusty/would need additional time with a trainer driving in a manual.

    They were (and still are) desperate for drivers so they took me on and trained me not only for my job, but on how to drive a manual again. They would not have taken me on if I DID have the restriction on my license. They also, in my own personal opinion, would not have hired me if this was an employers market. Thankfully this is 100% a drivers market.

    Last, other posters are correct in that automatics are the way of the future. It's already 99% automatic over in Europe for the semi trucks. It's trending that way here in America and by the end of my working lifetime (another 35 years or so I guess) I believe manuals will only be used for specialized and niche trucking, such as oversized flatbed loads or something like that.

    THAT SAID, as far as I know Saia is the only 100% automatic LTL company. So if you're wanting to do OTR dry van and reefer for the rest of your career (which is 100% fine), you probably won't have to worry about having a manual restriction. If you're wanting to get into LTL though (and this includes both local P&D and OTR linehaul), unless you go to Saia or maybe a FedEx Contractor, you'll need to know how to drive a manual for the foreseeable future.
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