Shifting in a Semi Truck #TruckerTuesday
I’ve driven an automatic ever since I’ve learned to drive so I was a little bit nervous when I knew that learning to drive a semi truck included learning to drive stick. And we’re not talking a 5 speed manual here.
The first truck I ever learned in had 11 gears and they go up to 13 gears in our truck now. Not only does a semi have more gears, but you shift a little differently too. In a semi truck you have to double clutch. That means you put the clutch in when you take it out of gear and again when you go into the next gear.
My trainers did tell me that not knowing how to drive stick was actually a benefit because I didn’t have to unlearn any habits I had from driving a manual car. It only took me a few days to pick it up.
Did you know that shifting a semi truck was so different?
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