Manual is the best choice. I think in my opinion automatics fall on there face when hauling heavier loads.
Manual is better, you control the speed not the truck, and also if you have a heavy load it pulls better.
I've heard drivers say that they feel out of their element after going from a manual to an automatic, & vice versa, each does have it's pros, & cons, to each their own as they say
@Stanley King My truck is an automatic which is what I prefer. Continuous shifting in LA traffic can be a drag. I also fractured my knee two years ago so an automatic is preserving my health in the long run. I know for overweight loads, my company uses manual transmission trucks.
I've never driven an automatic. I think it all depends on what your load is and what motor your dealing with on weight & how much experience you have under your belt as to what you NEED to be driving. There's still people in this world that can't drive manual and NEVER will. Me ... 18 speed for long hauls, but 13 speed for city driver's is plenty. JUST MY OPINION 😉
I reckon it depends on the application and some just their opinion. My opinion is manual. When hauling heavy freight you can get the power you need as you need it when an automatic is gonna leave you dragging. My thought on the subject anyways.
Manual is the only way to go, start out low gear with a heavy load. I really don’t see how a automatic can hold up to such loads . I drove a semi for 35 years. I learned to drive in a pickup, 3 on the column
I would most diff rather have manual, I’ve been drive 30 years and have driven a automatic and told them if I had to drive automatic I would quit first. I’m totally old school when it comes that stuff.
Manual because you have more control! The automatic system save the company money from the new drivers damaging transmissions. So the question should be which is better saving lives or saving company money. Drivers are disposable to major companies.