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Operating a manual transmission in a big rig isn’t like the stick shift you’re probably used to. For one thing, semi-trucks require that you double clutch when shifting gears. This means engaging the clutch to pull the gear out, letting the clutch out, and then engaging it again to shift into the desired gear. When double clutching, you don’t want to dump the clutch all at once. Instead, ease out the clutch smoothly. If you feel any resistance while shifting gears, it means you’re doing something wrong—or something’s wrong with the transmission.

Watch this informative video to learn more expert tips on double clutching in a big rig. If you’re watching this video, it means you’re either looking to become a truck driver or trying to refresh your skills after a long layoff. Either way, a truck-driving school in Portland can help. Whether you’re looking for a CDL training program or a truck driver refresher course, contact Elite Truck School to get started today.