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How to shift a 10 speed tractor trailer



*****WHEN GOING DOWN A HILL...you have to be in the proper gear BEFORE you start down the hill...failure to do so may lead to an "Out of control situation" that may cause DEATH!!!*****

How to shift a big truck in 3 easy steps, LOL! When I got the silly idea I wanted to drive truck I searched You Tube on how to shift these things and really couldnt find anything good. I tried to make this as simple as I could. The biggest thing is not NOT over complicate this! Just think of it as a 5 speed... Lift the "high / low selecter" and it's another 5 speed. Slowing down is the harder part. Look at your speedometer, add the two numbers together and put it in that gear....Sounds easy? it is.... after a few days. Just remember when slowing down, in a worst case scenerio, if you mess up and can't get it in gear, you to come to a complete stop and start over...just throw your 4-ways on. Don't panic, stay calm, it's just a truck! In a few days you'll be shifting like a pro!!!
Hope this helps! If you have any questions, just drop me a line.

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Author Stevie Ray (5 days)
You don't depress have to depress the clutch all the way down..! Just a 1/4
press on the clutch is good enough..

Author gmccord1970 (3 months)
Somebody help me out with this. I know how to skip shift let's say from
6th down to 3rd for a 90 degree turn but how do you recover from missing a
gear after shifting. Sometimes I miss going into a gear and it grinds. So
let's say I try to shift into 6th and miss it. Do I try it again at the
bottom of the operating range? Do I try a different gear? What's the rule
of thumb. Thanks! 

Author ikelenafly (1 month)
"its NOT that simple" lol..just kidding. Great vid bro

Author Tyler Ingram (1 month)
I heard that shifting a big rig is easer than shifting a car. is that true?

Author Bob Koss (1 month)
Your double clutching is way too deep on the clutch pedal.

Author dirkdigler21 (3 months)
Professional drivers don't use the clutch we float the gears. Also when
starting from a standstill never rev the motor while releasing the clutch,
it is NOT like a car..... you will fry the clutch. The clutch is only used
to move from a standstill. 

Author J Sanders (6 days)
Very helpful


Author David Freeman (9 days)
Thanks. Good job 

Author Andy Fetisov (3 months)
Thank you very nice I like.

Author Jarrod Sherman (19 days)
you dont use the clutch to shift if you know what you are doing

Author Garrison64 (6 months)
You don't push in the clutch to rev for your downshift. Having the clutch
in at that point is a common mistake of students in trucking schools. Once
the clutch is in revving the engine accomplishes nothing because you just
created a disconnect between the engine and the transmission. The whole
point is to bring up the speed of the entire assembly not just the engine.
So the correct way is to Press the clutch and move the shift lever to
neutral. Let out on the clutch and rev the engine to the correct RPM (aprox
300 RPM higher than when you took the truck out of gear), then hold that
RPM steady while you depress the clutch and put the truck back into gear. 

Author Caden Joyner (22 days)
Thank you so much I'm driving a western star or Kenworth tomorrow I'm a
beginner and this might help me

Author CMDRFandragon (1 month)
Double clutching always gave me the least trouble....something about it
makes it easier to shift.

Author barf245 (24 days)
With a empty trailer you can start on in 5th gear loaded 3rd or 4th.

Author James Smith (28 days)
I don't even use the clutch anymore

Author Steve Medved (25 days)
Great instrucional video. Just what I needed after being out of the game
for a while. 

Author Ray Britt (26 days)
This guy is nuts says my 40 years of experience

Author BG_13 (1 month)
i love trucks mane

Author Sterling Cole (1 month)
Dont ever give fuel when starting off...If you in the right gear all you
need is the clutch.

Author david18555 (1 month)
Why do the yanks use a eaton Unsynchronized while in Europe we uses ZF
synchronized boxes I love to know 

Author madkappa1 (4 months)
Great video just started trucking school 

Author CMDRFandragon (1 month)
Shifting kicked my ass lol. I could find the spot for the gear, but never
seemed to be at the right speed. And sometimes, just as soon as I would
nail it like 10 times in a row and think...I think ive got this, the next
10 times would be..nope, nope, nope...FUUUUU.....down shifting kicks my ass
even worse lol. And hills really kill me haha...

Author Firas Sadoon (4 months)
Hello
Awesome. Thanks for your effort in making this video . But I didn't get
your trick bout how to select yor gear (1+5 ) what is 1? And what is 5?
Thanking you in advance

Author firas alhadad (2 months)
do we have to take our shoes off , like you?

Author Fatdaddy (8 months)
Man I went to one of the best schools to learn this and we never started in
2nd gear especially when we had a loaded trailer.

Author castillo albertico (5 months)
Hey man I'm having problems shifting down when I'm going fast in a ten
speed. Can you help me out?

Author J Caddy (2 months)
very good video for beginners @ dirkdigler21 - if you are uphill - you
have to gas a little bit so you don't roll back - but on flat surface or
downhill I agree with you - once you clutch without rev the motor - the
truck will just roll itself forward then you can float to heaven if you
want 

Author joey pasqualina (2 months)
EVERYBODY WATCHING THIS VIDEO... THIS GUY IS A STRAIGHT NEWBIE TRUCK
DRIVER! FIRST MISTAKE- LETTING OFF IN FIRST IT IS NOT AT ALL THE SAME AS A
CAR. YOU DONT LET OFF AND GIVE IT GAS AT THE SAME TIME. YOU SLOWLY LET OFF
THEN THE TRUCK WILL START ROLLING. THEN WHEN YOU FOOT IS OFF COMPLETELY
THEN GIVE IT GAS. WHEN SHIFTING ITS ALL BY THE EAR. YOU GO HALF WAY INTO
NEUTRAL AND HALF WAY INTO SECOND!!! YOUR NOT SUPPOSE TO GO ALL THE WAY IN.
ONCE YOU GET THE HANG OF OF YOU START TO LEARN HOW TO SHIFT WITHOUT THE
CLUTCH. WHEN DOWN SHIFT AGAIN HALF WAY IN GEAR. AND DONT LISTEN TO HIM
SAYING HOW TO REV IN A SPECIFIC RPM. YOU REV THAT BITCH. FLOOR IT. THE GEAR
WILL FLOAT IN WITHOUT THE CLUTCH! PLEASE TAKE IT FROM ME IVE BEEN ONLY
DRIVING FOR TWO YEARS BUT I WAS LEARNED BY THE BEST. NOT SOME TRUCKING
SCHOOL THAT WILL TEACH YOU THE WRONG WAY TO DRIVE. AND THAT PERSON IS MY
FATHER WHO HAS 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. AND OWNS HIS OWN TRUCKING BUSSINESS.


Author Carlos Jimenez (2 months)
Man I float the gear never use the clutch just to stop ! I'm a real trucker

Author mike m (8 months)
you wouldn't get in to gear if you pushed the clutch all the way down. you
should only push the clutch in a little bit going through gears.

Author youngchirp12 (5 months)
Start out in 2nd or 3rd when you have a empty trailer or you Bob tailing
only start in 1st gear when you have a heavy load....and when you first
take off from stopped press the clutch down put it in the recommended gear
and slowly let your foot off the clutch until you feel some torque from the
engine then give it gas...that's how you can do it when you are new to
trucking until you get use to driving a big rig

Author Hudson Brand (9 months)
I hate when you fuckers downshift outside my neighborhood...

Author richie espana (2 months)
poor educational video! You dont explain what numbers do you add. you could
have pointed to it on the speedometer while you had the camera on it.

Author Nathan Fontaine (3 months)
Thanks for posting this video as some one who has to get his CDL class A
for work this was extremely helpful.

Author ray castaneda (6 months)
A friend of mine told me to never engage the spliter while in gear if was
gonna go from fifth to sixth I'd have to take out of gear then while in
neutral engage the spliter and then bring it to the next gear, is this
correct or it doesn't matter?

Author Jennifer Mc (3 months)
Very detailed, im lucky I found this clip. Ur right when u said other
trucker clips jus show us their shifting and not the schematics. Nice job,
thank you. I pray all the students or experienced drivers who learned
something from this you are blessed 10x over.

Author Shawn Cirignano (3 months)
nice, should I take my shoes off while I'm driving truck, ha, ha.

Author casimirobuenabista (6 months)
What if your going downhill and can't get into a gear do you stop and start
over?

Author donotfret (5 months)
The numbers technique is wrong. You should be in sixth by 10mph not
starting 5th. 6th by 15mph

Author Momar Gueye (3 months)
Hi my mame is momar and I will precious you video so educated 

Author BX NYC (5 months)
thank you,

Author Kelvin williams (3 months)
I have my cdl and this video was very helpful. How long did it take you to
learn to shift like that?

Author joevonloser00 (3 months)
Is it really just that easy?

Author freewheeler88 (3 months)
For me , shifting was the hardest part of learning to drive a tractor
truck,my first truck was an 18 speed Mack,basically a 10 speed with an
overdrive in every gear in direct range...I got stuck in neutral on a hill
going Up AND Down ,but only once each,it was a frightening situation for a
novice ,even though i only had the tractor, no trailer i felt i was losing
control .....I had also forgotten to set the jake brake so the momentum of
the heavy Tractor unit was pushing me down the hill fast,i had to
completely stop,and start down again in the proper gear......So no more
hills for awhile in my training period.....I spent about 2 weeks practicing
my shifting and backing on sunday afternoons in an industrial site area
that was mostly abandoned on weekends,until i could shift and drive with
more confidence ...

Author Juan Garcia (3 months)
anybody noticed he's not wearing pants

Author ESCANDALOSO MALOSO (3 months)
To much clutch😒

Author Momar Gueye (3 months)
Hi my mame is momar and I will precious you video so educated 

Author Frankie Borreli (4 months)
best ...best video for beginners....best

Author suilekelly (7 months)
When i am going done hill with a 83 Pickup what gear would i need to be in.

Author Richard Green (4 months)
All truck transmissions are synchronized and you pushing your clutch in way
to far push your clutch til it engages 

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