so I took a prospective driver for a test drive today and he surprised me by...

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by mugurpe, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. GOV'T_Trucker

    GOV'T_Trucker Heavy Load Member

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    LOL 10-4 on the keyboards.. Do kids even know how to handwrite anymore :)

    I will agree that it is the best and most practical way.. I feel it's a little safer as well BUT that's because I am used to driving right foot only for brake/gas... Who am I to say it's not safe the other way when I don't drive like that... I bet you there are millions of people driving like that without incident... I think we need worry more about texting, drivers reading big maps (believe it or not I have seen many trucks with fold out maps out while driving unreal), rubber necking, cutting off and the list goes on.. I think confident left/right footers are the least of our worries..
     
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  3. icsheeple

    icsheeple Trailing the Herd

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    Lol. My hand writing is terrible. I remember slacking off during writing in grade school, and now I have my own special form of hieroglyphics.

    I had a chick swerve into my lane today texting. It's getting pretty bad. Gotta love the traffic jam a mile or two long to find out it's just a wreck on the other side of a divided highway.
     
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  4. Winnyf1

    Winnyf1 Road Train Member

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    I think you should ask him about it, having raced a bit with modern sports cars the new standard is to break with the left foot just as you do in go carts. On the few occasions where I have driven an automated truck I still use my right foot, but I can understand why he might use both feet.
     
  5. double brew

    double brew Light Load Member

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    This is how my dad has driven for 39 years of driving truck with no accidents. I've also learned this way. Brake pads are cheaper than a clutch.
     
  6. MNoutkast

    MNoutkast Medium Load Member

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    Occasionally I use my left foot to brake while downshifting, mainly because the tractor I am in disengages the Jakes every time you bump the throttle and have to apply the brakes before they come back on. Just makes it smoother.
     
  7. icsheeple

    icsheeple Trailing the Herd

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    I just grab a handful of the trailer brakes, the trolley lever on the steering column, and leave it engaged or adjust as needed while downshifting.

    But, I'm on a power only lease and trailer brakes are free. I guess I'd brake normal if it was wagon. But I did trolley brake when company too, out of convenience.
     
  8. MNoutkast

    MNoutkast Medium Load Member

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    I miss having a Johnny bar that stays where I put it, all these new trucks spring return. Seems the words "not for parking" wasn't strong enough to keep the steering wheel holders from using it that way.
     
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  9. Interplanet Janet

    Interplanet Janet Light Load Member

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    Hire the boy already... Why miss out on a potentially good driver?
     
  10. Quickfarms

    Quickfarms Heavy Load Member

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    What is the issue if he does not ride the brakes?

    My tractor and forklift are set up for left foot braking.

    I do use the left foot for braking sometimes when my right knee is hurting.
     
  11. rockstar_nj

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    You can just as easily accidentally be on both pedals at the same time with only your right foot. What matters is control. If he isn't riding his brake, and is off the accelerator every time he uses it, then what's the problem?
     
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