Topic: Re: Help training wife to drive
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I've had a JD 3020 for about 6 years and I'm an expert on the gear patterns I use all the time. However, I still have problems occassionally with gear positions I rarely use such as 7th or reverse high. A new legible shift pattern decal can help. If you have fenders, take her out into the field, throttle it down and run her through shift patterns through at least 1-6 numerous times. Then just ride along and let her practice shifting through various gears. Choose level ground with nothing around for a couple of thousand yards and show her the emergency shutoff for either a diesel or gas. If she only gets to use it every six months she probably won't retain the muscle memory. Make sure you have good brakes and be sure she knows not to put it in Park with the tractor still moving. Good luck and be civil with your instruction...women don't like to be yelled at or put under stress so they can help YOU! If I need help towing or pulling something I let the wife use the diesel truck rather than a big tractor as she drives the truck all the time and is more comfortable in that vehicle.
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