Concerns with Maverick Trans. physical test

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  1. natedogg323

    natedogg323 Bobtail Member

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    I'm looking to change career fields. I'm 40 and heavyset, roughly 350lbs. I'm in the process of being brought down to Maverick's CDL training school but they said 38% of people fail their physical test. I would have to quit my job to travel down there for a week only to possibly not ending up with a job opportunity.
    Anyone else know if its really that tough? I'm not afraid of hard work and lifting things isn't a problem. I guess my only concern is climbing up on the flatbed. I've never tried that before so I don't know if I can or can't?
    Just looking for any advice from some experienced people. Thank you for taking a moment to comment.
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Being heavy set, you may also be checked for sleep apnea. Have you already done a DOT physical?
     
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  4. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Heavy Load Member

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    Flatbed work is extremely physical, with lots of climbing and balancing. How physically fit are you aside from your weight? Good on ladders? Good endurance?
     
  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Have a backup plan in case Maverick doesn't work out for you.
    Several other trucking companies to consider that have their own cdl schooling.
    Carter Express is one and has a terminal in Romulus.
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  6. MTN Boomer

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    I would not quit my job to go down to try something that you already have doubts that you might not be able to pass so keep what you got
     
  7. natedogg323

    natedogg323 Bobtail Member

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    I have an appointment for the DOT physical in a week. I know I snore a bunch but never have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.

    I'm not uncomfortable on ladders, as for endurance probably not the best.
     
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  8. Dave1837

    Dave1837 Medium Load Member

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    Flatbeds aren't for everyone. By talking to other drivers and seeing them on the road, mostly all of their loads are tarped whether they need to be or not. 8 ft tarps are not light and are awkward to carry. Although many forklift operators will place them on top of the load for you, you still have to roll them out and drape them evenly. It's just a LOT of up & down on & off the trailer/load, you'll be sweating no matter what season it is.

    My advice, find a flatbed, climb up on it, pick up some tarps and walk around with them. If you can't do it then I would either delay the orientation until you feel comfortable or not do it all together
     
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  10. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Heavy Load Member

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    Good advice
     
  11. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    Nothing for the school. But during orientation you have to climb in/out of the trailer. Plus be able to get under the truck to check the slack adjusters. If you're too big for that. Then you shouldn't be a driver.
     
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