nervous...for hill climbing

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by slamberg08, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    So much depends on your weight, transmission type, speeds, % of ascend, etc. You will mess up as you gain experience, just deal with it and move forward, BUT, be very careful NOT to twist the driveline. That requires a tow, and and a very humbling phone call to the safety guy.
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  3. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

    Oct 23, 2005
    This is where your knowledge of what gear to be in at any speed. We only had a couple of short grades but they can get you in trouble when your loaded over 100,000lbs. I would drop a gear when the engine speed made it necessary. That would be around 1200 or lower. Let the truck work for you. I've seen drivers just get all worked up and shift up and down for no reason. They are working the truck with poor results. Stay calm and keep your RPM's in the power band but don';t run it up against the peg. If you get close to the top and the engine is slowly dropping and you think you can make it go for it, You can't lug an engine like in the old days.
  4. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca.
    Someone mention jakes here, I good way to get experience going downhill, DON'T USE THE JAKE BRAKE ? If you start smoking the brakes, your goin to fast or fanning the brakes. I remembered when i first started driving, The truck had NO JAKES and I was grossing 80k !!!! Let me tell you something, you learn real fast how to gear down a hill. Anyways, half of the trucks these days, the jakes don't work the way they should.
  5. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

    Oct 23, 2005
    Many years ago I came out of MD into WV with a bulldozer on and grossed around 115,000lbs with no jake. That hill almost killed me. Who would of thought that WV has a grade that is steep???
  6. slamberg08

    slamberg08 Bobtail Member

    Dec 18, 2010
    regina sask
    appreciate it for the smart ##### comment about me coming down the hill hahahahhaa lol its weird i feel confident coming down but like u guys said experiecne will get to where im confortable one day with it
  7. rockee

    rockee Road Train Member

    Apr 17, 2007
    Pacific Northwest
    Yea well dont get too confident coming down a grade cuz thats whats gonna do you in, and maybe someone else also. If you can down shift on the flats then you can down shift going up a hill, sometimes you might just have to be a little quicker. Think about what your gonna do, then do it. If you miss a gear then just try for the next lower one, and make sure you use your clutch.
  8. WMGUY

    WMGUY Road Train Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Nine Mile Falls, WA
    most the time when chain laws are up it is for the downside of the grade like said befor its not the gettin up its the gettin down...

    as for always use the clutch i float everytime its just easier for me as said know what your gonna do and do it and read the signs if the hill says 6% prepare for it just because the first mile is 4% don't mean anything...(cabbage comes to mind)

    when i hit an upgrade i don't split the top two gears just seems like a waste when im gonna be in 12th or 13th either way 6hi or low but if you miss a gear just recover and don't get frazzled
  9. trucker_101

    trucker_101 Heavy Load Member

    Apr 23, 2010
    Just remember can go down a hill too slow a thousand times....but only once too fast...
    NWMAXI, Captain Canuck and Lilbit Thank this.
  10. Lilbit

    Lilbit Road Train Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Let me check my logbook
    That's what my dad told me too!:yes2557:
  11. Jason George

    Jason George Bobtail Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Yankton, SD
    I'm sure it's been posted before but just remember: You can go down too slow 100s of times. Only too fast once.
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