Duck Walk? Physical Capabilities Test?

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  1. wildbill123

    wildbill123 Heavy Load Member

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    I'm hearing you, been there done that. Hopefully the trucking companies won't resort to a military type of training or physical fitness test, you know the once a year run and what goes with it.
    Still laughing at the thought of people having to do the quack and yack.:biggrin_25513:
     
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    musicgal Road Train Member

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    I went through orientation in Dallas and this is what you have to do.

    Duck Walk....squat down and walk below a line on the wall.

    Milk crate with dumbbells in it equivalent to the weight of snow chains on a a shelf unit.....(forget which order)..lift from one shelf to the other and down again, carry it about 30' down the hall and back.

    Climb up and down a small step ladder by stepping on the second rung (this is make sure you can climb in and out of a trailer)

    A strength testing device is attached to a stud in the wall. You pull on it and hold it to see if you have the strength needed to pull the tandem lever.

    Another strength testing device is held up against the wall above your head and you push on it.

    I am 5'5" tall and not that strong. If I can do it I know you can.

    Another thing...I live about 6 hours away near Joplin, MO. My son drove me down and they reimbursed me the cost of my gas.
     
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    JimDriv3r Road Train Member

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    The "quack and yack" is better than the "turn and cough"!
     
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    Thank you musicgal, most helpful, truly appreciate the response! Glad to hear your travel expense was reimbursed. I consider six hours a long distance to drive, glad to hear your son helped you out. If I lived the same distance as you I would probably take the bus or drive myself. Thanks again for the response, and good luck to you!

    Yeah, sounds better than that JimDriv3r -- simple enough.
     
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    sounds so easy even a caveman can do it...LOL
     
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    basstime54 Light Load Member

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    "Climb up and down a small step ladder by stepping on the second rung (this is make sure you can climb in and out of a trailer".


    Seems like this could easily be determined by actually seeing you climb in and out of a trailer, as in during the road test. There is a road test, right?
     
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    musicgal Road Train Member

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    On the road test, I shared with another driver. He drove out of the yard, onto the freeway, around a little, got off the freeway, and then I took over. Drove back to the yard and backed into a space.

    You will enjoy orientation with the instructor. His name is Dodd and he can be quite funny at times. He was a middle-school teacher, I believe.
     
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    basstime54 Light Load Member

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    Thanks for the replies.
     
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    transportHER <strong>The Dynamic Duo</strong>

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    Thank you very much for posting the "duck walk" in detail. I kept reading about the duck walk on this forum. So I decided to try it in front of my daughter and wouldn't you know it...I spit my jeans. My grandson came running in because my daughter was laughing so hard. Guess the moral of the story is to wear stretchy pants when I do the duck walk at Tunnel Hill. LOL!
     
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    WOW, (the exclamation, not the game teehee) this is fantastic info to have early. :biggrin_25514: I'm a bit worried about the duck walk because when I do it, I bounce. How high is that line you have to stay under? I can't practice at school, we aren't allowed under the trailer-liability issues were the reason. Now, I wonder where I can get a milk crate from......