On Day 2 of the 16-day CDL course, instructor Ann Wooldridge says the class will be focusing on air brakes, clutch and combination vehicles in the morning. In the afternoon, students will face tests on the air brakes and combination vehicle.
Ann Wooldridge is passionate about horses. And horsepower.
As the owner of Star W Farms, she will show some of her horses at the Kentucky State Fair later this week in Louisville. In addition, Wooldridge, who worked as a tandem long-haul driver with her husband until he became physically unable to do so, is director of training and a classroom instructor for the students at Truck America Training.
PHOTO GALLERY: Photos of students, classroom and training property.
While Wooldridge is teaching the current CDL or Bust class of seven about the finer points of turns, air brakes, clutches et al, one lesson is paramount.
“Safety,” she said. “I strive on safety. When you leave here, you know you’re a driver, to watch the other person. Just remember it’s not a car. You gotta remember you’re sitting inside a rig. It’s not a car. You gotta stop sooner. You gotta look sooner. To me, that’s the most important thing, how I can push that.
“I help them with all the parts on the truck … but once they’re out there, don’t become complacent,” she continued. “After you drive for a little bit, you’ll find yourself going down the highway not realizing you’re going that fast.”
By David Elfin, Transport Topics staff reporter. Photo and video by John Sommers II for TT.