What was your experience the first day you went out with a manual?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by DriverMD, May 15, 2015.

  1. DriverMD

    DriverMD Active Member

    I stalled out leaving the building, but perfected the art the next day.
     
  2. *cue grinding gears sound*

    There's a reason I'm only certified on automatics.
     
  3. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    I already knew how to drive manual and had parked package cars many times so had no problems.
     
  4. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Manual transmissions are the best deterrent for car theft.
     
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  5. Dr.Brown

    Dr.Brown Swollen Member

    Simple.... the non power steering is what sucked ballz
     
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  6. UT Vols

    UT Vols Member

    I had a stick shift Honda Civic for 8 years and it literally meant nothing when I drove one of those dinosaurs for the first time on route. It took me a day but I got the hang of it. Luckily I got it after a few days.
     
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  7. DriverMD

    DriverMD Active Member

    Yeah, I had no clue that it was suggested you start in second gear (at least the manuals in my building). Until I was told this when i was filling up the tank I had so much trouble getting going.
     
  8. reginald396

    reginald396 Member

    I went out with a diesel with power steering so it went better than expected. The unleaded manuals are a nightmare if you have to navigate in tight spaces.
     
  9. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    This thread makes me sad.
     
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  10. DriverMD

    DriverMD Active Member

    Why's that Kramer?
     
  11. Northbaypkg

    Northbaypkg 20 NDA stops daily

    In my building you have to drive a manual transmission just to pass the road test before they even let you take the 40 hr training course. So by the time you start your first day as a driver it's nothing. I've never heard of only being certified on automatic, that's crazy. Funny thing is nowadays most of the trucks are automatics anyway. I kinda miss those speedy P7s with the manual transmissions, I used to zip around all over the place in those things.
     
  12. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    First of all, my user-name has nothing to do with Seinfeld.

    Second, it's sad that your generation and following generations are losing simple skills like being able to shift gears yourself. What else do you let technology or others do for you?
     
  13. Northbaypkg

    Northbaypkg 20 NDA stops daily

    That's the nature of the world. Technology improves and humans have less to do. Automatic transmissions had already taken over. It was just cheaper for UPS to keep using those manual transmissions. Look at all the stuff that has changed: There was no EDD back in the day. No auto bulkhead door unlock. Handwritten stops. Manual transmissions and no power steering. Trucks with narrow stepways with the stick shift in the way making it a lot harder to stack packages on the steps. I don't know about you but I'd rather have all the stuff that they implemented instead of that old stuff.
     
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  14. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I agree with every thing you say. I, on the other had, was amazed a hundred years ago when I got to drive my first automatic car. I remember stomping on air thinking I was going to push in on a clutch pedal.
     
  15. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Still that is easier than going back to a manual after you get used to an automatic and forget to clutch.
     
  16. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I very seldom used a clutch once I got moving. I found it easier to just let the gears sinc or in the worst case make some noise.
     
  17. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Highway driving you can do that. Not in constant stop and go city traffic.
     
  18. rod

    rod retired and happy


    That's kind of what I meant--although every once in awhile I would get bored and see how long I could get way with it in town. Once when my clutch linkage was screwed up I drove my old 8 cube all afternoon without a clutch. If you started the truck in first gear you could get going without a clutch--although it damn near bucks you out of the seat until you get up a little speed.
     
  19. Inthegame

    Inthegame Well-Known Member

    What was your experience the first day you went out with a manual...

    After I read it, I had no problems.
     
  20. 1BROWNWRENCH

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    Just remember that first and reverse are not synchronized. You must be at a complete standstill in order to engage them.