Unlike CDL or Bust classmates Russell Durgasingh and Teddy Flener, Jr., Jason Horton wasn’t an athlete. However, the 29-year-old Louisville native is certainly a team player.
Horton was the only one of the seven students in our class at Truck America Training in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, who didn’t have to take the Class A permit written exam last week. That’s because Horton has been delivering uniforms in a box truck and had passed that test. But Horton was there for Durgasingh and Flener after they came up short on the exam on Day 4.
“I just showed ‘em the test I had took,” Horton said.
The next day, both Durgasingh and Flener passed.
“It worked great for me and it seemed to work great for them,” said Horton, who was thanked by his classmates for his assist. “They did all the work. I just showed ’em another step to help ’em out.”
On Day 7, Horton referred to the first week of classes as “a refresher” for him. But that wasn’t the case once he got behind the wheel on Day 6 even though he said, “It’s a lot more fun than sitting in a classroom.”
A box truck is pretty puny compared to a big rig, which means maneuvering it “is a lot more difficult,” Horton said. “I’m picking it up day by day, getting a little better each day, trying to get [offset parking] down just right. There’s a lotta turning and a lot more backing up. It takes what you learned yesterday and adds some more on top of it today. We started on parallel parking and it’s gonna be its own beast.”
-By David Elfin, Transport Topics staff reporter. Photo of Horton (left) with classmate Wayne Meenach by John Sommers II for Transport Topics