The National School Transportation Association holds the event, which drivers in the United States and Canada, every year. Knickelbein won last year when the competition was in Lake Tahoe, Nev., and got to go to Boston, Mass. to compete this year. She left on Friday, July 13, took the written test the following Saturday, and took the driving test on Sunday. Knickelbein said the written test is always the hardest part for her. The test features several multiple-choice questions that were difficult to answer because it wasn’t simply a matter of making the correct choice. Several of them could have easily been right, but that she had to choose the “best possible answer,” which is always nerve-wracking, she said.
Although most people wouldn’t think so, driving the small bus is actually much harder than driving the more common and much larger transit, or flat-nosed, bus, Knickelbein said. With parallel parking, for example, transit buses are more flexible than small buses, which are harder to maneuver, she said.
“You’ve got to relearn everything you know,” Knickelbein said.
Not to mention, her side mirrors and the back window were covered in black tape. This was the first year her mirrors were covered, she said. They told her it was to test her driving skills for occasions when it might be dark and rainy, but she said can normally still use them even then.
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