When I went for my commercial driver license test, I wasn’t that great stopping facing uphill, and driving off again without rolling back a bit
We’re talking stick shift and air brakes, by the way
Anyways, the vehicle walkaround part went well. We proceeded to drive off, and soon enough we were headed to the freeway onramp.
Naturally, this onramp had a light, and it turned red. I stopped, set the spring brake (parking brake), and waited. Then it turned green. I took a little too long releasing the brake and setting off again. By the time I got going again . . . I rolled right through the red light. I plain as day said “Shit!” . . . I know the dmv guy heard it, because he turned to look at me with a blank face.
I mentally told myself I wouldn’t let that happen again.
The rest of the driving test went quite well. The guy started humming to himself and slapping his hands on his pants. I took that as a sign that things were back on track, as far as I was concerned.
At some point, we proceeded to go up a fairly long hill. From a long ways off, I saw the light turn red . . .
I purposefully slowed down. My reasoning was that if I hung back, I could time it so that I wouldn’t have to stop for the red light, and instead I could roll through the green light.
It worked, and I passed the driving test.
Earlier that day a colleague had rode along with me to the dmv, as guys with a learner’s permit aren’t supposed to drive themselves to the dmv unaccompanied. . . although I saw this happen many times. My colleague got a ride back to the shop.
Before we headed off to the dmv, I was told “If you pass, drive the truck back yourself. If you fail, call us and we’ll send someone over.”
I proudly drove the truck back to the shop by myself.
Later on, I learned that some of my colleagues hadn’t passed the test the first time . . .