Forklift driving test

My driving test as a teenager.
My driving test as a teenager.
Debra & I have been thinking this is our speed forklift.
Debra & I have been thinking this is our speed forklift.

My father taught me to drive; standard transmission.  After many, many practice sessions he came out to the car with a full cup of hot coffee – this is before travel mugs with lids became big business.  Did I say it was full and hot?  I was to drive while the coffee cooled to a temperature he could drink and I wasn’t to spill any; I passed that test first try.

One stage of the test course, not too bad, right?
One stage of the test course, not too bad, right?

Fast forward to this last two weeks, George is teaching the forklift class.  As a single-seater, naturally he won’t be sitting beside me with his hot coffee, but a large part

See the wall to the left side? We navigate through the staggered bins turning 180 to face the bins.
See the wall to the left side? We navigate through the staggered bins turning 180 to face the bins.

of our testing has to do with smooth, seamless transitioning throughout the test.  There is water in each of the top bins – the ones we are to move.  The bottom bins within the stack are still empty and easily movable: interpret this to mean don’t bump into them or the test just got harder.  Although he is telling me I have progressed tremendously in a week, it is still very obvious when I get flustered and frustrated as I bump into the bottom bins or make the water slosh all over.

The killer turn with a curb and drain to navigate!
The killer turn with a curb and drain to navigate!
This is the toughest part of the test.
This is the toughest part of the test.

I want to pass this driving test as successfully as I did when my father trusted me with his cup of hot coffee.  For an hour or so a day, sometimes twice a day, I have been out in the hot sun driving and maneuvering.  This last couple of days I am happy to say there have been some critique sessions where the bad habits I am developing have been redirected and corrected.  I plan to go practice again this afternoon and have my test scheduled for Thursday morning.  Wish me luck – I will let you know the results.

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