Top 4 benefits of automated manual transmission semi-trucks
As you probably know, there is a long-standing truck driver debate between manual transmission semi-trucks and AMT trucks. We’re here to set the record straight by sharing some of the reasons many drivers prefer automated manual transmission semi-trucks to manual transmission trucks:
1. Heightened driver safety.
One of the main issues with manual transmission semi-trucks is that they require a driver to multi-task while driving. Using one hand to shift gears can also cause drivers’ attention to shift away from the road ahead.
Additionally, AMTs can also handle downshifts for extra Jake Brake power as needed. With extra Jake Brake power, AMT drivers are better able to keep their service brakes operating at the maximum stopping potential.
Schneider’s number one priority is driver safety and increasing drivers’ braking abilities and focus on the road are great ways to keep everyone safe on the road.
2. Enhanced ease of operation.
Gone are the days of worrying about missing or grinding gears. With automated manual transmission, your truck will do the work for you.
AMT semi-trucks detect what gear they should be in and automatically shifts gears. This saves time by eliminating the need to manually change gears.
3. Improved driver comfort.
One of the biggest pieces of feedback we’ve received from drivers regarding our transition to automated manual transmission trucks is that they are physically easier to drive than manual transmission semi-trucks.
Most drivers who transition from manual to AMT experience relief in their back and knee because they no longer have to actively engage the clutch every time they change gears.
Drivers also say that they prefer to drive AMT trucks because they offer a smoother or less jerky ride than a manual transmission vehicle.
4. Increased fuel efficiency.
You may not realize it, but AMT semi-trucks not only improves the consistency of fuel economy but also improves overall fuel efficiency.
This is because automated manual transmission semi-trucks rely on computers and electronics to change gears instead of the driver. This means that the truck ensures that the automated transmissions are always in the proper operating range for the engine.