Learn to Drive Tractor Trailer

Buy the book at http://thetractortrailerbook.com/ Learning how to shift gears in a tractor trailer

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Автор Marcus Montgomery ( назад)
Thanks. I usually drive a 10 speed & didn't want to tear up the

Автор Eric Caro ( назад)
Awsome thank you but i didnt see any double clutching going on?

Автор Juraij Musthafa ( назад)
Good teaching very useful thanks

Автор MuzzaHukka ( назад)
So it's the same as a car, but when you go into 5th, it becomes essentially
the second set of gears, so you switch the lever up, and when you down
shift from 5th into 4th, you pull the switch down, then put it into the
lower right side, right? What about 12/13 speeds?

Автор Antiquetractorsetc ( назад)
Wow your explanation was the clearest Ive heard and the easiest to follow. 

Автор SoFiestyMinaj ( назад)

Автор Leonard Davis ( назад)
unless you take your driving test in a truck with an Ultrashift, Autoshift,
or an I-shift. Then they can't make you do anything. 

Автор Stephen Williams ( назад)
gearing down is my weakness and backing up , any suggestions?

Автор Ricky Rick ( назад)
A school is down by the wharf that where i will be going to get my practice
and also a certificate in trailer driving. 

Автор jim slabik ( назад)
any tips on parralel parking both driver and blinside? off track backing?
on a 27ft pup?tks 

Автор 313lethedude ( назад)

Автор Michu Rangel ( назад)
Cool dude

Автор Cregiss ( назад)
O ok thank you very much Jimmy Cox you have bin very helpful........ I'm
going to do just that :) Thanks alot (y)

Автор jimmy cox ( назад)
Try to get a job in the shipping department of a company that has some
tractor trailers. I started out loading and unloading trucks.

Автор Cregiss ( назад)
Ooh i see. well i am going to get right to it because i really want to
learn how to drive a tractor trailer...... Thank you Jimmy Cox you have bin
really helpful...... Can you advise me on this!!!!!! I am living in Jamaica
and there are no schools here that teaches you how to drive a tractor
trailer so do you think that i can learn how to drive one on my own "like
watching your videos and with some of you advise?????

Автор jimmy cox ( назад)
It's a tough question. A few weeks in a school, or self taught hopefully
with some help, can get you on the road but after that you going to be
learning how to deal with a lot of situations out there. I think it takes
at least a couple years before you start feeling experienced with it. I'm
still learning things. It's really important when you're starting out to
take your time, and always be looking around you and in your mirrors to see
the space around you. 

Автор Cregiss ( назад)
Hi Jimmy Cox..... This video is really great but how long will it take me
to learn how to drive a tractor trailer????

Автор sean wilson (1701 год назад)
For the first time I understand the gear sequences. I would like to see the
sequence in a 13 or 18 speed.

Автор jimmy cox ( назад)
Good one:)

Автор welderboy14 ( назад)
But you Didn't show where the daily Check/service points are for the
Muffler Bearings! Never Mind the Halogen Fluid.

Автор cody schmidt ( назад)
on 9 speeds you have a lo and that is the granny gear 

Автор tom jones ( назад)
slowest forward gear. the one befor first. used for moveing off under very
heavy loads or load up a grade.

Автор exodusfromthisearth ( назад)
My tanker has 5 compartments, if I have to load Regular, mid grade, supreme
and diesel, I can get it all in one trip or any combo you want. I can hold
9200 gallons, the hatches are for the most part to do maintenance. Where I
load has bottom loaders, and the 4 or 5 tubes lined up on the side is where
you load and unload. You hook the load arms up to them and punch in how
many gallons you want and it pushes the fuel up into the bottom of the
tank, gravity unloads, horizontal tubes hold the hoses.

Автор jimmy cox ( назад)
For years I've heard of the granny lane, the right lane on a 4 lane highway
as opposed to the hammer lane (passing lane). But I've never heard the
expression grandma gear. I'm assuming it's first gear or one of the low
slower gears:)

Автор jerrycurl75 ( назад)
Have you ever heard anyone say grandma gear. Do you know which gear they
are referring to? Thanks

Автор PumaDown ( назад)
Were you driving while you were going to school to be a software engineer?
I ask because I would like to stay in art school while I drive and I was
wondering can it be done?

Автор PumaDown ( назад)
I'm studying for my CDL's so my question to you would be if you don't float
the gears do you use the clutch to shift gears everytime? Is shifting gears
the same as driving a stick shift in a car?!

Автор Nicholas19951996 ( назад)
The hatches on top are opened by the driver when making a delivery. These
hatches allow air into the trailer to force the cargo out of the trailer
hoses. If you try to drain fuel with these closed, it will not work. The
suction will be basically shut off, with no fuel coming out. Also, some
trailers can be divided into multiple sections to hsul more than one type
of cargo using one trailer, they can also reduce sloshing. The tubes on the
side are used to make a delivery such as to a gas station.

Автор James White ( назад)
On some of the newer trucks they have make them automatics. Just push the D
button and go. But most rigs and fully manual 

Автор usmc02412nmardiv ( назад)

Автор WiredrawnMurder45 ( назад)
Quick question: Are semi trucks semi-manual/automatic or fully manual? I
have a '72 Super Beetle that utilizes a 3-speed Autostick which gives the
option to use the clutch but isn't mandatory. Is it the same with semi's or
is it manual? Also I suppose it might be nessesary to note I know some
models come with automatic.

Автор Nicole Tarbuck ( назад)
Funny how the Department of Transportation requires you to double clutch to
pass your test, yet some drivers insist upon floating gears. You'd think
maybe the DOT might have a reason for what they do. What a crazy world we
live in eh?

Автор Logan Swanson ( назад)
I actually just learned to drive a 13 speed. It was an 02 frieghtshaker
classic xl with an n14 cummins in it. It had 5 inch straights and sounds
friggen awesome. It had a really tall shifter that was about level with my
head with the seat bottomed out(I'm about 6 ft) It was my first time ever
driving a big truck and i'd say i did perty good for my first time. Im only
15 too :)

Автор Chris Oliver ( назад)
Very good, clearly explained as well. When shifting, can I go sraight from
4th to 5th, or do I need to use that neutral bit.

Автор RedJackelProductions ( назад)
Very educational. Gonna watch part two. I'd pay for the lessons. Js.

Автор yamahonkawazuki ( назад)
@jimscee agreed learn it to make instructors happy. i drove without it many
times. but if instructors saw me doing that, theyd raise immortal hell

Автор Boodieman72 ( назад)
@RagingRambo You have to double clutch on the CDL test

Автор Michael Johnson (1547 лет назад)
@GT5hotlaps ebay

Автор Michael Johnson (1652 года назад)
im 13 can i train for the test ive been around trucks all my life

Автор inktoxicated ( назад)
what would happen if u shifted into 5th but put it in reverse by accident. 

Автор jimmy cox ( назад)
@RagingRambo I don't but it's a good idea to learn it. They may want to see
that you know how to do it on your road test. 

Автор RagingRambo ( назад)
Do you double clutch? I am a CDL student and I can't tell wheather or not
it is easier to double clutch or not.

Автор yutubedude951 ( назад)
@Prancingwolf7 The hacthes on the top are for filling the different
compartments of the tanker and the tubes on the bottom are for emtying

Автор Prancingwolf7 ( назад)
@jimscee Well, I dug in the depths of the internet last night and found a
small Wikipedia page discussing various tanker designs. Turns out the
number of hatches on top relates to the number of compartments inside the
tanker itself. It allows multiple grades of gasoline to be carried to the
station in the same trip. It's pretty hard to find info online about

Автор jimmy cox ( назад)
@Prancingwolf7 Sorry but I've never hauled a tanker, and I've never even
read the book on them to get the endorsement on my license. I know there
are many different ones that hold different type liquids so a hatch on the
top might be for different reasons depending on what's in it. Maybe a
tanker driver out there can reply to this. 

Автор Prancingwolf7 ( назад)
I got a question about a feature in tankers. What are the 3 or 4 hatches on
top for? Are they to get inside the tanker for maintenance? Is the tanker
actually divided into 3 or 4 sections to reduce sloshing? And what are
those tubes on the side for? Are they to fill the tanker? 

Автор jimk4131 ( назад)
I love your videos.Everything that you show is easy to understand.Keep them

Автор SUPAKING25 ( назад)
Hey do you have to push the clutch in every time you down shift ?

Автор SUPAKING25 ( назад)
@jimscee ok I appreciate it...

Автор jimmy cox ( назад)
@SUPAKING25 No, it just looks that way in the diagram. It's actually the
same position that you were in for 1st.

Автор SUPAKING25 ( назад)
when shifting from 4 th to 5th do you push the gear stick futher up then
when you did in first gear?

Автор jimmy cox ( назад)
@truckerFG I drive a 10 speed KW now. The first gears barely get the truck
moving. Roughly, 1st-0-2mph, 2nd-2-4, 3rd-4-7, 4th-7-10, 5th-10-15,
6th-15-20, 7th-20-25, 8th-25-35, 9th-35-50, 10th-50+. But if you have to
look that close you won't be able to see where you're going. Find a good
gear for doing typical things like making a turn at an intersection. And
listen to the engine. 1500 rpm is good for my truck to shift up, and I can
tell by listening when it gets there.

Автор jimmy cox ( назад)
@atlastpooryorick Yeah, I still appreciate the scenery. When I retire I'm
sure there will be times when I'll wake up thinking I'm late for an
appointment. Good luck in the software engineering business.

Автор clipdan ( назад)
@maggotsretards -> what type of truck and transmission is it. you might be
over shifting 4th gear. Each truck is unique - instead of forcing it to go
to 5th, try going into 6th... (if you were grinding 5th)... It it pops into
6th, then you were topping out the 5th gear, and dont climb as much Rpm's
for on your next 5th attempt shift. The reverse could be figured out for
undershifting also. Good Luck...

Автор jimmy cox ( назад)
@maggotsretards I have no idea. I'm driving a 10 speed now. If your dads
truck is anything like mine 5th is still in lo range so it shouldnt be a
problem with the range switch. On mine 1st is toward me and back, 5th is
all the way to the right and back. 4th to 5th shouldnt be a problem. Could
be that something is wrong in the transmission.

Автор King Beltran Villanueva ( назад)

Автор jimmy cox ( назад)
@emgie89 Yes we do. Unfortunately I just had a 9 speed for the video. 

Автор RokiPL ( назад)
hey bro! do you have "half-gears" in american trucks? for example, it
changes 8-speed gearbox into 16-speed gearbox - every gear has 2 options:
"low" and "high", lower ones we call "small-gear" and higher - "big-gear",
e.g. small-two, big-five etc.

Автор tinleo333 ( назад)
thank you

Автор Suck My 5Oh ( назад)
Sometimes I double clutch, the dealers have told me that double clutching
increases your trannys lifespan.

Автор TheRetiredtrucker ( назад)
Ya , its called flolat shifting. use clutch to start out, when changiing
gear, gentely push shifter out of gear while gentely taking foot off fuel.
will pop into neutral, bring the rpm down (for upshifting ) depending on
tranny bout 400 rpm, gentely push shifter into next hole. if it dosent go
right in , gentely raise and lower rpm till it pops in. As long as you dont
try to ram it into gear (grind it) it wont cause any problems/damage. you
actually shift faster and smoother this way :)

Автор whyudoin ( назад)
@RapIsDeadly you dont need to use clutch, If your good enough you just need
the rite RPM's and you should be able to do it. If you use the clutch for
every gear you are going to burn it out.

Автор RapIsDeadly ( назад)
We just got a 9 speed truck and the head mechanic was saying that you don't
need to put the clutch in to shift gears...you just time the speed. DO any
other truck drivers out there only use the clutch for starting out in first

Автор jimmy cox ( назад)
many transmissions are named by the number of forward gears. This one has
lo, a super slow forward gear, plus 1 thru 8 for a total of 9. Jim

Автор MRbossman1982 ( назад)
Thanks Jim, i am in CDL Class A school right now, and this helps a lot.

Автор weiserbud67 ( назад)
is that an 18 speed??

Автор ely jaffe ( назад)
great video very helpful!

Автор Austin Gratzer ( назад)
Subscribed. :)

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