At an age when many motorists are surrendering their automotive keys to their retirement-age children, 88-year-old Dave Sheets is continuous his profession as a industrial truck driver, and doing fairly effectively at it.
Sheets, of Denver, has labored 25 years for Salt Lake Metropolis-area trucking firm Savannah Transport, the place his boss, firm proprietor Terry Crawford, calls him a “terrific, old-school truck driver” who can “outdo” most of his youthful drivers. Sheets delivers basic cargo and even hazardous supplies in West and Midwest states. He would not go to the coasts, however “I run a fairly good measurement territory and am busy on a regular basis.”
On Wednesday, Sheets and his Peterbilt have been in North Dakota, the place they bought checked out as a part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Worldwide Roadcheck three-day inspection blitz, which was performed nationwide this week. The North Dakota Freeway Patrol troopers who performed the verify had this to say:
#NDHP troopers encounter skilled drivers who’re dedicated to security. We commend Mr. Sheets who’s 89 years outdated and retains his 2000 Peterbilt in prime situation. His dedication to security earned him an @CVSA decal after an inspection yesterday throughout #InternationalRoadcheck. pic.twitter.com/LY4D7pwlsl
— North Dakota Freeway Patrol (@NDHighwayPatrol)
May 5, 2021
Sheets informed Transportation Nation Network that he was stunned however agreed when the trooper inspecting him requested if he may take his image and publish it on social media. “It wasn’t going to be something damaging, and I believed it will replicate good on the corporate and presumably the business itself,” he informed TNN.
He was much more stunned to study he is a minor web movie star. The patrol’s Fb publish on him had obtained a whole lot of feedback and been shared 3,600 occasions by Thursday afternoon. He would not have a pc, so he realized in regards to the fuss from his son, daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Sheets informed TNN he began driving vans within the 1950s. He got here in off the street and labored as a Volkswagen mechanic whereas elevating a household, then returned to trucking in 1974 and has been there ever since.
Miles pushed? “Hundreds of thousands,” he mentioned.
His spouse, Ardelle, died in 2016 simply days earlier than their 64th wedding ceremony anniversary. So Dave says there’s “no must be dwelling” a lot, and he expects to maintain driving.
“So long as I can go medical and bodily,” he says, “I intend to maintain doing it.”