After picking up the PM kindergarten students for Mitchell, some were asking how one learns to drive a bus and what to do. This bunch learned quickly and asked a lot of intelligent questions for their age.
I was explaining everything to them and pointing out what could happen if the vehicles in front of me did something stupid. By that time we were aproaching Airport Road going south on Duff Ave. I saw a tractor coming northbound pulling a plow behind it. I used the tractor for an example. I said, "See that tractor with the plow in the other lane?" They did, and I continued, "All drivers need to expect the unexpected. Lets say that the plow breaks loose from the tractor and comes across the medium and into our lane. I would have to slow down and try to get out of the way."
At this point I glanced to my right and behind me to say something else to the kids. When I turned back, the plow had broken loose from the tractor and was halfway thru the medium and heading right toward us!!!!!
I hit the brakes, downshifted and swerved to the left. The kids thought it was funny and wanted to know how I did that, and could I do it again? For the remainder of the year, everytime they saw a tractor, they went wild!
I've learned to always expect the unexpected no matter how stupid it might seem. The only thing I don't do is to watch for falling airplanes.
When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.
Driving a bus full of children is never an easy task, but add a terrible Iowa snow storm to the mix and you've really got your hands full!
Whether a trucking company or bus company does proper maintenance is a great way to determine if it's a good company to work for or not.
I recently became a certified CDL instructor and I was given my first students to train on shifting gears. Here's the story, and some advice for newbies
Being a safe truck driver is never easy. Predicting what might happen next on the highway takes years to learn and is very hard to teach a new driver.
After four weeks on the road with my student, it was time for him to take his CDL exam. We were both very nervous. Testing day is incredibly stressful.
Being a CDL instructor is a very unique experience. I was amazed at how much I learned myself. Here are some of the highlights I picked up along the way.
Home time is precious to an over the road driver and their family, and it's painful when it gets cut short by an unexpected call from the company.
So how does a new driver survive their hectic, stressful, tiring, demanding, and incredibly challenging first 6 months on the job? Here's my advice...
Every truck driver fears a family emergency happening when they're out on the road. It's a helpless feeling, and there's little you can do to prepare.
by Old School
As a rookie truck driver you're going to face enormous challenges and be tested continuously. I learned a great lesson about how tough CDL training can be.
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