Yesterday we had our January refresher, in the cold garage. (The garage does have heat but you can only warm it up just so much.) The good news was the announcement that we'll be moving to the new garage over vacation next month. It looks like they still have lots to do on the outside of the building but word is that the interior is looking great. The new building will have a large meeting room in the office end of the building. And we'll have our own fueling station so no more trips to the truckstop!
Immediately after the meeting I had my behind the wheel test. We have to take it every other year and it is the same test you take to get your license, including a full pre-trip, railroad crossing, highway travel, backing and parallel parking. I passed but the pretrip portion wasn't pretty. I kept thinking I'd turned switches on only to get outside and discover I hadn't. I don't know what my problem was, I do an excellent pretrip twice a day! (I have never tested well but if an examiner observes me without her clipboard I never have a problem. Maybe they just need to stop telling me it's the offical test!)
This morning I had my defensive driving test and that went well. We take that test annually and it is just the examiner riding with you on your regular route.
I took my physical performance test back in November so all I have left for this year is the written test which I'll take (and hopefully ace!) next week.
I am not loving my new bus since my return. It does not like cold weather any more than I do. It is so darn big that I'm having trouble reaching things. I can barely reach the lights to clear them of snow and grime with the broom. I can't reach high enough to scrape the side windows or upper portions of the door. I can't reach the handhold and even if I could I doubt I could get my leg up high enough to use the toe-step. My window keeps freezing shut as does the fuel door. Today the temperatures were the coldest we've seen so far this year. I am extra grateful for the mechanics this week for helping me out without complaint!