Tuesday, March 19, 2019
License to Drive
Phew! I was nervous this morning about taking the final test for my Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Class B, with a Passenger endorsement.
The CDL exam begins with the driver providing a detailed pre-trip inspection of the bus. It moves to the passenger compartment, then the driver compartment inspection. Next comes testing of the air-brakes.
If you pass those obstacles, you move to the driving test on a closed course which involves straight-line backing, off-set backing, and docking in an alley. Not easy.
Then the final nerve-racking part...driving on the open road while the examiner gives you every imaginable tough situation to drive through, including a pedestrian wandering absentmindedly in front of the bus. What a relief to have passed!
I have a new appreciation and respect for how bus drivers keep the public safe.
Want to ride with me?
I will be updating my schedule on this public calendar.