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post #31 of 39 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 19, 4:16 PM
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Im going to CDL school in two weeks. Its a two month course.
I drove trucks back in New Zealand for 15 years. The last 10 I was driving 450 miles 5 nights a week. Gross weight was 95000 pounds.
Its way different over there. Here you get on the interstate, get to top gear and drive for hours. In NZ you are lucky to stay in high gear for longer than 15 minutes before hitting a steep hill or a tight corner.
Everything I drove was a stick
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On the back of a big truck I saw a bumper sticker. " Hang Up " or smile as you go under !---- or---- If you want to meet Jesus, Keep TEXTING!
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Brought to you by the industry that romanticized driving with one hand on the wheel, and the other keying a mic, with "your ears on".
But ya can't text on a CB radio,

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But ya can't text on a CB radio,
And you don't have to look at it while you are to type and to read what they are saying.

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post #35 of 39 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 19, 7:45 AM
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Re: New breed of truck drivers......

I drove my first automatic-transmission truck just a few weeks ago. I must say that it was very pleasant. Iíve had days where my right shoulder was just aching from rowing gears all day. Personally, Iím looking forward to getting into an A/T truck full-time in the near future. Yeah; all the cool kids and manly men row gears, but Iím almost 60 and was done long ago trying to impress anyone.
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I drove my first automatic-transmission truck just a few weeks ago. I must say that it was very pleasant. Iíve had days where my right shoulder was just aching from rowing gears all day. Personally, Iím looking forward to getting into an A/T truck full-time in the near future. Yeah; all the cool kids and manly men row gears, but Iím almost 60 and was done long ago trying to impress anyone.
Knowing how to drive stick is good enough for me at this point. If i had to drive full time, i would want an automatic as well.
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post #37 of 39 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 19, 9:30 AM
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I'm less concerned about their ability to drive a stick, and more concerned about their ability to back into a dock.

Some of these guys have absolutely no clue how to back up a trailer.

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Knowing how to drive stick is good enough for me at this point. If i had to drive full time, i would want an automatic as well.
I kinda agree. That's why my Chevelle is a factory 4 speed, and my 56 210 has a 700R4. Depends where I'm going and how I feel which one I drive.

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Some automatic class 8-9 trivia. We left Daytona, Fla. heading for Sanoma, Calif. for the next race. We are getting fuel in middle of No/Where Texas. ( believe me ,,Just miles & miles of Texas)).
The tractor was a Freightshaker. I start the truck and wow it will not go into gear. ( computer automatic), So, We call the " Hot Line "........... It wound up , I believe we had to unhook the batts. and leave it set for a few mins. This truck also had the side Radar.
The truck I had you could not skip gears at any time. At times it is nice to skip gears when empty or in traffic or leaving a red light going down a hill.
But going to the Vegas track,,,,, The big long hill from Henderson NV to town. Kicked it out of gear and the G.P.S. said I got up to 102-104 MPH.
That was the fastest I have ever been in a Conventional Petercar with a 53 Ft. Tlr.
full of T.V. stuff. I am done, I still like an 18 or a 22.
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In Texas on a cool night on 10. When you are running 75-80 MPH. You and your truck are a giant traveling " Road Block ", Fact not Fiction.
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