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Posted:  10 years, 4 months ago

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Truck Drivers Ages

I am a little old Granny woman who got her CDL at the young age of 50. Now 7 years later I am still going strong with no sign of retirement anywhere in the near future. I applied recently with Con-way Truckload but couldn't pass their "physical agility" test so I went back to the drawing board and I am lifting weights on the truck and I am determined to pass it the next time around. So, in response to your inquiry if you are too old H E double toothpicks! NO!!! There are way more of us old farts out here then snot nosed 20 something kids and we will last for the long haul because for the most part we have raised our families and don't have any major need to be at home. We are more mature in our way of dealing with all of the irritations that occur out here and we have way more patients for sitting in traffic, waiting at shippers and receivers, and dealing with all of the fools you will meet along the way.

As to the Obesity of the younger drivers, that is going by the way side because the majority of the larger companies are going to the agility tests which are physically demanding but also pushing for endurance while monitoring heart and lung function as well as blood pressure. When you are obese you can physically meet the strength tests but you can't satisfy the heart rate requirements or blood pressure restrictions so they will be getting weeded out. Right now they are only using the tests to weed out new hires but it won't be long before they start requiring it when you have to renew your DOT Medical Card as well.

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