13 February 2013
Learning something new can be a very scary experience. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was to learn how to drive a tractor-trailer. Truck driving has been in my family for generations. Since I was a young child I always knew I wanted to be able to drive tractor-trailers. I spent a large portion of my childhood around big trucks and have always found driving such a large vehicle to be exciting. I decided that learning how to drive tractor-trailers was a valuable skill to learn and also to maybe carry on the family legacy of truck driver. The biggest reason I wanted to learn however, was simply because I thought it was fun and I enjoyed it. I never wanted it to be a full-time job, but it could be a skill that I could always have to fall back on. What I never realized is just how hard it was going to be to learn to drive and how much more there was to learn other than just driving. I remember watching my father and my uncle’s drive and they made it look so easy. I thought it would be like driving a car, but I was certainly wrong about that, I had no idea what I was about to get myself into. I was about to turn 18 years old and not only getting ready to graduate high school but also getting ready to learn how to drive tractor-trailers. There was so much more to learning how to drive tractor-trailers than I thought. I always knew that I had to get a commercial driver license, which is a special license to drive large vehicles, but I never realized how much information that was required to know. There are three separate parts to the commercial drivers license test. The written test, the pre and post inspection test, and of course the road test. The way it went was each section has to be completed prior to
moving on to the next. The written test was to be completed first. This was the easiest for part for me, it was very similar to a regular driving test. There is...