At the end of May I was contacted by a company that inquired if I would ever consider a career driving. I have considered for many years learning to drive a semi truck. I love to travel, and see new things, I kind of have a wanderer's spirit, and adored going with the ex when we were married because he was an over the road driver, and I saw many states even if it was mainly interstate. I said sure I love to drive, and they asked me to fill out a couple of applications. Within a few minutes of submitting the applications I received a call from a recruiter. They were looking for school bus drivers for the area where I live so would I be willing to train? In order to train I would have to obtain a CDL permit, and a few endorsements. The state test and the endorsements are for mainly big trucks but there is a short section on a chauffeur's license, school bus, and air brakes. Oh my goodness just taking the test I had questions on tanker trucks, air pressure, stopping distances, haz mat placards, you name it, it was on the tests. I passed all the tests and received my permit. Took it proudly to the office, was then interviewed, and sent for a physical for a DOT (Department of Transportation) physical card, a criminal background check, a driving background check, and a drug test.
At the beginning of July I began training to drive the bus. The hardest part is the safety walk around called the pre trip inspection (which incidentally is basically the same for a big truck, only more!) Lately I have been doing a lot of driving learning the school district, the roads, railroad crossings, some of the stops based upon the previous year.
My daughters accused me of driving a bus like this.
School Bus Drifting
I really don't drive this way. But I am a fan of The Top Gear boys!
I finished my training, with all the required hours and took my skills and road test Thursday. I had the toughest tester, the bus I learned on was out for repairs so I had a totally different bus, and I passed! I now have a chauffeur's license, I can drive a vehicle with air brakes, school buses or trucks over 26,000 lbs as long as there is no trailer.
I am kind of excited to start a new career.