I recently got promoted at my job. I drive buses in the Bay Area for a local transit authority. For eight months, I was on easy street- the type of routes assigned were quiet, and at convenient schedules. Each day for months on end I essentially drove the same route, so even though I have a pretty bad sense of direction, it was fairly easy to get the hang of remembering how to get from point A to point B. Even if I zoned out and missed a turn, the vehicle I had was small and nimble enough to hang a U turn or cut through a parking lot to get back on route.
Now, I’m driving much busier routes, and doing just about every damn thing under the sun here. Don’t get me wrong, I like the variety, its just memorizing all these routes that kills me. We have 77 different routes we drive. Many old-timers here pretty much know all of them- they can get called to go to X street and do route so-and-so, and they’re off.
I’m still woefully unfamiliar with the routes, and have to scribble out ‘route cards’ so that I know where to go. But since I memorize driving directions through repetition, and since I often only drive 1-2 round trips of any given route at a time, its been taking me very long to remember even the simplest of routes here. I’m a little worried that “I’m new” isn’t going to fly for long, since I will be getting awarded a “1 year safe driving” patch on my uniform soon