NAME, AGE: Jason Horton, 29
HOMETOWN: Louisville, Ky.
LAST JOB: Delivered uniforms
MARITAL STATUS/CHILDREN: Single, no children
WHAT SPARKED INTEREST IN A CDL: A new opportunity
FUN FACT: I love motorcycles
After learning that CDL or Bust classmates Anna Basham and Teddy Flener Jr. had failed their CDL exams yesterday, Jason Horton studied a little harder and a little longer last night.
Horton was still so nervous about taking his exam this morning that he arrived at the test site in Louisville, Kentucky, at 6:30 a.m., an hour ahead of schedule. Then, during the maneuvers third of the exam, Horton started to offset park the truck before examiner Evan Harrod apologized and had him perform the straight backing first as is supposed to happen.
“I always thought [that was] the stress-free, easy part since [the examiner’s] not in the truck,” the sweaty Horton said after explaining he no longer felt that way.
Jason Horton is more about riding motorcycles than playing baseball, but with CDL or Bust classmate Teddy Flener Jr. under the weather today, Horton graciously agreed to pinch-hit and move his chat with Transport Topics up a day.
So Horton’s latest sitdown with us coincided with the seven students’ first chance to drive the course upon which they’ll go for their CDL permits on Sept. 14 or 15.
“There’s two tricky turns that you have to really watch out for, but it’s not as hard as I thought it would be,” said the 29-year-old Horton, who’ll be tested on Sept. 15. “The traffic’s a little heavy. You have to watch the traffic a little more than I thought you would.”
Learning to become a truck driver isn’t all work and no play. In the photo above that was taken on Day 9 of CDL or Bust, Jason Horton isn’t trying to tell instructor/umpire Bob Cross that the runner is safe at third base.
“It looks like we’re talking about parallel parking and how to get [the truck] in there the right way,” Horton explained.
Told that photographer John Sommers II said Horton actually actually had been celebrating being able to park dead center first, he changed his tune and said, “That may be true. Some of us are kinda competitive. We’re starting to have a little more fun.”
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.
Jason Horton is the contrarian in the CDL or Bust class at Truck America Training.
Ask the 29-year-old Louisville resident whether he roots for the University of Louisville or the University of Kentucky like all of his classmates and he replies, “Texas,” because that’s the school that his late beloved grandfather supported.
Horton prefers to be called by his last name. He got used to that when there were five Jasons in his class at Riverview High School, and teachers used last names to differentiate them.
Photo by John Sommers II for Transport Topics