At an age when many motorists are surrendering their automotive keys to their retirement-age children, 88-year-old Dave Sheets is constant his profession as a business 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 common cargo and even hazardous supplies in West and Midwest states. He does not go to the coasts, however “I run a reasonably good dimension territory and am busy on a regular basis.”
On Wednesday, Sheets and his Peterbilt had been in North Dakota, the place they obtained checked out as a part of the Business Car Security Alliance’s annual Worldwide Roadcheck three-day inspection blitz, which was carried out nationwide this week. The North Dakota Freeway Patrol troopers who carried out the verify had this to say:
#NDHP troopers encounter skilled drivers who’re dedicated to security. We commend Mr. Sheets who’s 89 years previous and retains his 2000 Peterbilt in high 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 advised Transportation Nation Community 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 destructive, and I assumed it could mirror good on the corporate and presumably the trade itself,” he advised TNN.
He was much more stunned to be taught he is a minor web movie star. The patrol’s Fb publish on him had acquired tons of of feedback and been shared 3,600 instances by Thursday afternoon. He does not have a pc, so he discovered in regards to the fuss from his son, daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Sheets advised TNN he began driving vans within the Fifties. He got here in off the highway and labored as a Volkswagen mechanic whereas elevating a household, then returned to trucking in 1974 and has been there ever since.
Miles pushed? “Tens of millions,” he stated.
His spouse, Ardelle, died in 2016 simply days earlier than their sixty fourth wedding ceremony anniversary. So Dave says there’s “no must be dwelling” a lot, and he expects to maintain driving. He’ll flip 89 in August.
“So long as I can cross medical and bodily,” he says, “I intend to maintain doing it.”