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.
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He’s also very used to trucks. He’s the only one of the seven students who has driven a truck professionally, albeit one of the box variety.
“Trucking’s a family thing for me,” said Horton, who took time off from his job delivering uniforms to enroll in CDL school. “My grandfather was a truck driver. My dad’s a truck driver. My brother’s a truck driver.”
While Horton’s brother, who drives long-haul, encouraged him to join the family’s profession, his dad, who drives for Papa John’s, didn’t.
“My dad wants me to do better than he has,” Horton explained. “He wanted us to be doctors or lawyers. He said driving a truck is hard on your body. I got a pretty decent job now with good benefits, but I wanted to give this a shot. I’m looking forward to the freedom of not having somebody [looking] over my shoulder all the time. If I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it.”
One thing Horton won’t stop doing is riding his treasured Harley-Davidson black motorcycles. One’s a rebuilt 1987 Sportser. The other’s a 2009 Super Glide.
“I’m a big Harley guy,” Horton said. “I’m always on my bike if I’m not working.”
The tattooed bachelor also has definite opinions about music.
“I like me some 80’s hair metal,” said Horton, who’s partial to the band Whitesnake. “I go to a concert every year up in Baltimore.”
And who knows? Next year, he might be making deliveries to Baltimore.
- By David Elfin, Transport Topics staff reporter. Photo by John Sommers II for TT