My husband is in a weekend course for CDL A. Last weekend was the first weekend in the truck actually driving. He spent 2 hours driving on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday. He has a trainer who is an "in your face" kind of guy, yelling, which seems, to me, not conducive to learning. Anyhow, after Sunday, he said he should just get his class B and drive delivery trucks or oil trucks. I asked him what happened and he said he had a really hard time with coordinating the shifting. So, my question is, does it get easier? I feel like he might have just had a bad weekend since it was 90 degrees out, I imagine 100 degrees in the truck without a/c. I think he is going to get better, but I don't know. Are there videos out there to help with shifting instruction? I think the trainer has a lot to do with it. Any help is appreciated.
Will the shifting get easier with time?
Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by kwikk9, Jun 6, 2013.
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ya it gets better. in trucking school i struggled like crazy. shifting was so hard and its crazy now when i look back at it. i agree the trainer is at fault. because like i feel like i was nervous because of my teacher more than anything. i had a hard time from pulling fifth wheel to unhooking a trailer. dont let him sweat it
Balakov100 Road Train Member
- May 10, 2012
Like anything, he will get better with practice.
Reverend Falstaff Light Load Member
As somebody who started a long time ago, I was a horrible shifter (MY trainer just kept shaking his head) I can say it WILL get better. Shifting a truck is a skill, like any skill it takes practice. The more you practice...the better you get. Though you're right, a screamer for a trainer doesn't help anything. Your husband might want to talk to the training coordinator about changing if it get really bad.
TripleSix God of Roads
- Apr 10, 2009
Plenty of shifting videos on YouTube.
no, it doesn't get easier. todays transmissions are a POS compared to 10 years ago.
used to be they would slide out of gear like butter. and slide right in like melted butter. not anymore. most times you have to fight it.
but yeah. it's a time learned skill that does get easier with lots of time.
Drifter42 Hopper Heartache
- Dec 4, 2011
Short answer yes it will get better as you go along. Nothing to worry about.
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pattyj Road Train Member
- Jul 19, 2008
Your husband cannot ecspect to learn shifting in one day.His trainer is at fault for yelling when he just started.Nobody can learn that way.Are there other trainers at this school that's more patient?There are videos on youtube and very informative.Your husband will learn to shift,it just takes time.Tell him to not give up and request another trainer.
mikec265 Medium Load Member
- Oct 25, 2009
Plenty of companies have automatic trucks for people like your husband so they can find more people to work for peanuts...
jbatmick Road Train Member
- Dec 1, 2009
Tell him not to give up quite so quick.Plenty of you-tube videos.Perhaps he can request another trainer. He can learn the skill, it takes practice,practice and then practice some more.Just like learning to walk.Just do it. After several days it will reach a point where it becomes second nature. Perhaps he is trying too hard, relax, do not force it. I believe he can do it, we all did.Lady_Truck Thanks this.
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