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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Central Virginia
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While I don't always "double clutch" and have mastered the ability to 'float' gears without using the clutch pedal, it is still a virtual necessity to learn double-clutching if you wish to drive a non-synchronized manual transmission. This is espcially true if you get a very new truck and have to pull a heavy load with it.
I never went to trucker school, but was fortunate enough to work for a large company that had trucks of all sizes and various types. I tagged along with a tractor-trailer driver on my own time (after working 10 to 11 hours already) and he taught me the ropes.
We went to empty parking lots, service roads, etc., etc.; and I practiced ad nauseam by moving trailers around at our terminal. Practice, practice, practice!
It was different 'back in the day' than it is now, and most companies will want xx years of verifiable experience or some type of certificate.
Anyway; good luck!
~ Trucker by trade ~
2008 Sterling Acterra 3-axle straight truck (240-hp Cummins ISC)
2006 International 8600 tractor (350-hp Cummins ISM)
"If I passed you on the right, you're in the wrong lane!"