Will the shifting get easier with time?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by kwikk9, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. kwikk9

    kwikk9 Bobtail Member

    May 18, 2013
    Hi All,
    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.
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  3. 4noReason

    4noReason Road Train Member

    Nov 29, 2012
    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
  4. Balakov100

    Balakov100 Road Train Member

    May 10, 2012
    Temple, TX
    Like anything, he will get better with practice.
  5. Reverend Falstaff

    Reverend Falstaff Light Load Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    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.
  6. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    Plenty of shifting videos on YouTube.
  7. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    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.
  8. Drifter42

    Drifter42 Hopper Heartache

    Dec 4, 2011
    Seymour IN
    Short answer yes it will get better as you go along. Nothing to worry about.

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  9. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Sioux City,ia
    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.
  10. mikec265

    mikec265 Medium Load Member

    Oct 25, 2009
    Dumbed Down Land, WTF
    Plenty of companies have automatic trucks for people like your husband so they can find more people to work for peanuts...
  11. jbatmick

    jbatmick Road Train Member

    Dec 1, 2009
    hastings, Fl
    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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