Stalling at every traffic light at 4th gear

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by k008, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2017
    The Sticks, Idaho
    I dont care what the book says... I passed the CDL drive test first time... I floated every shift up and down, I shifted in intersections, and even let the engine lug just a little approaching a red light that was about to turn green so as to avoid a stop and regain speed quickly...

    The only thing that the CDL examiner said to me before the drive was "Dont spill my coffee." as he placed a very tall skinny coffee mug on the dash of my Peterbilt 379. The only thing he said after the drive was "My coffee didn't even wobble... You pass."

    As far as the OP goes.... 4th is too high of a gear, even for an empty trailer. And NEVER, NEVER EVER, apply throttle while lifting off the clutch!!!! Thats a good way to tear #### up.
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  3. k008

    k008 Bobtail Member

    Jun 1, 2019
    Thanks to everyone that gave their advice. I stop stalling at the light now so I can continue learning on the road.
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  4. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

    Sep 15, 2017
    A few times in my life i have been forced to deal with this type of person and i have only discovered one thing that has always worked. In the middle of the tirade i have lunged as fast as possible into the persons face with my index finger about an inch from their nose and my nose 3 inches or so behind that staring straight into pupils as fiercely as i can manage followed by "yell at me one more Fn time!"

    It is risky, but so far i have never been fired or punched over it and the BS ended on the spot forever. Fired or whooped are acceptable outcomes, but getting cussed out for nothing is not. Only my wife is allowed to do that.
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  5. Mid-May Trucker

    Mid-May Trucker Road Train Member

    Oct 23, 2018
    Definitely should take off easily in 4th gear shouldn't even have to touch the gas unless it is on a hill.
  6. k008

    k008 Bobtail Member

    Jun 1, 2019
    Thank you for the advice. I have since learn how to fix my stalling issue and today I pass my DMV test. I got my CDL license! :)
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  7. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2019
    Valrico FL
    k008 Thanks this.
  8. Luke F

    Luke F Bobtail Member

    Sep 16, 2019
    They teach this crap in school starting in 4th. I’ve had to retrain some of my new drivers that have at least five years of experience that were starting in 4th. Everyone I ask why the hell they start in 4th they say that’s what they learned in school.
    2nd under load
    3rd with an empty is good practice.
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  9. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    Probably the schools don't want the precious scratching and tearing at the tranny in the low range reductions... A form of cheating. Starting in that 4th.
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