Road test with different transmission than im used to

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  1. HeatherAnn

    HeatherAnn Bobtail Member

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    Yes!!!!!!! My dream truck! So much cooler than a pete or KW! Owning one of these is my long term goal!
     
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  3. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Road tests are usually about judging your safety, backing, personality not shifting.
     
  4. HeatherAnn

    HeatherAnn Bobtail Member

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    I got a call back, got the job. Apparantly you're right. He said he was impressed with my backing and handling and wasnt concerned about the grinding since it was a truck i wasnt familiar with.
     
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    WesternPlains Road Train Member

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    Hehe... feel for ya. I think you'll be ok. Experienced drivers know ya gotta get used to a different shift pattern.
    I was the opposite of you. My very first job. Road tested a 10 speed. Never driven a 10 speed before. Had always driven a 13 speed (class B). I kept trying to skip 6th. Was making it work. But geesh! I was also wrapped up in driving a fully loaded trailer for first time. Also driving in a Major Metropolitan City in downtown for first time. The guy with me said: You sure keep the traffic first. ... I thought; You moron. I gotta keep considering the traffic first. ... Anyways... they did hire me.
     
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  6. HeatherAnn

    HeatherAnn Bobtail Member

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    Hell of a thing trying to get used to a new shift pattern! Road tests are stressful, id imagine extra stressful if its your first time loaded, new shift pattern AND in a city. Luckily, like you, i got news that I got the job!
     
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    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    LTL....Less Than Truckload...

    you make many stops during your shift, both deliveries and pickups along the way.

    companies like, R+L Carriers, SAIA, ABF, Old Dominion, and many others. some are union, some are not but the pay rates are pretty much "close" to one another.

    usually very good to great pensions, health benefits, vacation times, etc,etc.

    since you do local deliveries and with a lift gate, you already basically have what it takes to do that job of P&D for an LTL company
     
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    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    Trust me you will never want to drive anything but a 13 or 18. Plenty of times in the oilfield i wish i had the 18 instead of a really tall 1st in a 13
     
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    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    When i think of a Pete it's either a stretched daycab exhd or a flat top with tall 5 inch stacks. W9 daycab done right is just has that look
     
  10. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

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    I started on a 13 speed and then had problems when I switched companies and did their drive test with a 10 speed. Passed it but was grinding some gears. Shift pattern is different!
     
  11. Dumdriver

    Dumdriver Road Train Member

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    someday, if you really wanna earn LOTS more money, try an LTL company for daily P&D work. you will make 2-3-4 times what you are earning now.[/QUOTE]

    yeah, no , you actually won’t. But the money is good in LTL.
     
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