How To Shift Gears On A Truck Like A Pro

Shift gears are something you’ll need to learn if drive a truck for a living

When you first start off driving a truck, you are going to suck at shifting gears.

It’s just the way it is.

When you learned to walk, all you did was fall down. You fell down over and over again. Same when you learned to ride a bike. You failed miserably at first and then fell down over and over again.

The same will hold true when you start to learn how to shift gears on a truck. In the beginning, you will be just terrible.

Oh, you will be worst than terrible! You are going to be-be godawful and stall the truck all the time!

Every New Trucker Sucks At Shifting

I’m sure when you first saw someone gracefully shift through 8 speeds, 10 speeds, or 12 speeds, you thought to yourself…”I will NEVER be able to do that!”

Of course, you thought that! How could you not? You’ve never done it before so how could you possibly be good.

The weird thing about truck drivers is that they think they are SO good at what they do. It’s almost as they have forgotten how terrible they were at the beginning. They all were! Don’t ever think that wasn’t true.

The thing with big trucks is that they do not shift like a standard car where you need to push the clutch to change a gear. In a truck. It doesn’t work that way. It is only required to start moving in the first place. And here is the cool thing with that little fact. If you slowly let off of the clutch in a truck in first gear, the truck will start to get rolling with only that. There is no need to hit the gas pedal and balance it out like a car.

That is a huge difference between a car and the first thing you will quickly realize and learn.

Once you let off the clutch and get the truck rolling, you simply need to accelerate the truck in first gear almost to as high as it will rev up in RPM’s

Let off the gas pedal and pull the shifter out of gear. You will hear the RPM’s start to go down pretty damn fast and at that point, you shift into the second gear. Let the RPM’s go down for a split second and push in the shifter to that gear. It will probably grind as you listen to the RPM’s go down and the shifter simply falls into the gear on its own.

Next, hit the gas again and rev it up to almost as high as the RPM’s will go again. Pull it out of gear. Listen for the RPMs to drop again and get ready to go into third gear now. Shift into third and again, you’ll more than likely hear some grinding. Don’t worry! You’re going to be grinding a lot and for a long time till you get the timing and feel of it all.

Keep repeating this process for all the gears.

Like I mentioned before, learning how to shift is going to take you a very long time.

If you happen to miss a gear, you will know when the grinding is way too slow and you will not be able to push the shifter into the new gear. At that point what you need to do is rev the engine back up and get the RPMs going up high again to allow you to shift into the gear.

With some practice and patience, you will start to get it down.

Downshifting Is Harder Then Regular Shifting

Now when you have to downshift the whole works in reverse. Let’s say you are driving 10-speed truck.

As you are driving, you begin to slow down. At this point, you will notice your RPMs will start to drop. In order for you to downshift into 9th gear what you’ll need to do is to quickly tap the accelerator to be able to pull the shifter out of gear.

Next, you need to rev up your engine and increase the RPMs. You need to make sure that you increase the RPMs high enough in order for you to downshift into 9th gear. All of this will take your understanding and start to feel the truck out. Once you get the RPMs High Enough to move the shifter into 9th gear.

The RPMs on the truck will be high once again. As you continue to slow down they will drop. You will need to tap the accelerator again and pull the shifter out of gear. Rev up the engine to increase the RPMs and now slam it into 8th gear.

Continue to do this until you no longer have to downshift to slow the truck down.

At that point, you’re just going to need the brakes.

Learning how to upshift and downshift a commercial truck will take you a long time. Other trucks will probably try to make fun of you and think they are super duper truck drivers. Do not let them disrupt your learning process. They all had to go through it and that they think they didn’t they are lying right through their teeth.

Millennials Looking For Work? Get A CDL & Get A High Paying Job Today!

With so many of you youngsters coming out of school, and a lot of you with debt up to your eyeballs, finding a decent paying job has been proven to be quite a difficult task.

Sucks to say, but a lot of you have gotten pretty much some worthless degrees that don’t offer any type of high-income employment. And, believe it or not, driving a truck can make you a decent living.

Here is the thing…

I am not talking about over-the-road, gone seven days week, type of truck driving jobs. I am talking about a normal 40-hour week5 days a week, with benefits, vacation pay, and overtime pay type of job.

You see, every single town in this country is always looking for good reliable commercial drivers for their local businesses and a lot of these jobs pay in above normal wage. The reason that they pay better is that finding a good reliable CDL driver is a very difficult thing to do.

Let me give you a very simple example.

And the local Lowe’s store in my town of Paso Robles California, the average employee there earns about $13. Not too bad really. What you get to some management levels you can start earning around $15 to $17 an hour. Give it a few years and you might eventually start hitting the $20 an hour mark. Not too bad right?

But get this.

Let’s say that you are 23 years old and currently have your CDL license, you can drive the Lowe’s commercial delivery truck that runs 5 days ago, full benefits, vacation and holiday pay, and immediately start earning over $20 an hour and even have the opportunity to earn overtime which is not allowed to all other Lowe’s Associates other then management.

You can start earning that type of money with having little to zero retail experience.

Now check this out,

Every single town in the United States of America has one of the highest paying jobs a person can get and is extremely needed and will be around forever. These guys are garbage truck drivers. Yet another job that desperately needs good CDL drivers. These workers get holiday pay vacation pay and usually good health care benefits. A lot of these companies also have their own roll-off trucks. Again, a much-needed service and another a reliable job.

There are also a lot of other companies that constantly require CDL drivers. There are septic tank cleaning trucks that need to be driven, electrical supply trucks, plumbing supply delivery, roofing supply delivery, a cleaning company, and all sorts of different construction delivery trucks that all need good quality CDL drivers.

There are construction companies that will hire you even though you know nothing about the construction that you are in simply because you have a CDL license to drive their big rigs around. This puts you in an immediate position of value and therefore are paid a much better rate of pay and just a regular run-of-the-mill work that starts off at the very bottom learning a trade.

So you see, for all you Millennials out there that are thinking about what type of work you guys could do right off the bat that will earn you a decent income.

Do not glaze your eyes over the career of becoming a CDL driver. There are many school programs out there that can get you a CDL driver’s license for around $5,000 these days. When you really think about it, that is really a remarkably small price to pay for a license that will make you rise out amongst the crowd.

It is a job that requires skill. It is a job that’s going to be here for the Long Haul. Can’t really say that a lot of these CDL driving jobs will be gone in the near future by self-driving trucks.

Maybe a lot of those long-haul cross-country trucks but one day be driven by robots. But it’s going to be remarkably difficult to have one of those robots deliver Concrete in the concrete mixing truck, or deliver propane out into the country and a small propane delivery truck.

So get out there, and grab up a CDL license. Doing this, will pretty much guarantee you a decent-paying job if you want one tomorrow.