When I was nine years old, I thought I was leaps and bounds over everybody else by being able to drive a car. Get in, start it, move it around without hitting anything, even drive it around a little bit. I was doing great, right? Yeah…let’s go into one of the best lessons you can learn early in life: there will always be someone better than you at whatever you are doing, and the day that you think you’re the top shelf, will be the day that you get knocked down a peg or two. Yeah, I got to drive a little bit. But compared to this young man from the Cayman Islands, I ain’t shit. Even today, this kid can out-drive my ass in a Ford dump truck.
My experiences in anything bigger than your typical one-ton dually center around military vehicles, which are all predominately automatic transmission equipped. Driving an LMTV, 939-series or HEMTT isn’t a big deal if you understand how air brakes work and are comfortable with the vehicle’s size. This kid, who is about eight years away from the legal driving age in most Caribbean locales, rows the gearbox like an old trucker who has millions of miles underneath his belt. His technique is amazing…he doesn’t just sit on the Jake brake, his shift work is slick, and he can handle the L8000 like it’s nothing.
If you think you can do better, prove it.