Local Jobs And Age Barriers.

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King Pin's Comment
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My 1 yr. exp. is right around the corner. Dec. 16th. I'm 40 yrs. old and going to look for local positions. I have 0 accidents, 1 preventble,1 non preventable. My preventable shouldn't be but is. Tight space, trailer rubbed side of driver mirror with 0 damage just left little paint that wiped off easily. OTR isn't for me cause, I'm an active person and this job just isn't physical enough for me. My question is will my age have an impact on finding local work. My ideal job is unloading trailer, food delivery position. Appreciate all advice and none taken offensively.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

C T.'s Comment
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Age isn't usually a problem as long as you could pass a company physical. You could also look into flatbed work is you want something more physical.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Age won't be a factor provided you can pass any required physical. What I did notice is you said 0 accidents, but listed 2? Make sure you check your DAC so you know what's on there exactly. Also you could just be upfront and ask your current safety department what's on your DAC.. they can pull it for you also.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

King Pin's Comment
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With my company accidents are D.O.T. reportables. For company file/records 1non preventable, 1 preventable

My 1 yr. exp. is right around the corner. Dec. 16th. I'm 40 yrs. old and going to look for local positions. I have 0 accidents, 1 preventble,1 non preventable. My preventable shouldn't be but is. Tight space, trailer rubbed side of driver mirror with 0 damage just left little paint that wiped off easily. OTR isn't for me cause, I'm an active person and this job just isn't physical enough for me. My question is will my age have an impact on finding local work. My ideal job is unloading trailer, food delivery position. Appreciate all advice and none taken offensively.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Rob's Comment
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Kingpin, I was hired as a "driver apprentice" for Performance Food Group. They sent to me to CDL school and paid to while there, and had a local food delivery job waiting for me upon successful completion of school. I have a diary in the training diary section if your interested on reading more about it. We have a guy out of out yard that's 60 years old still lumping groceries. As long as you're able to get the trailer unloaded without violating DOT. Laws you'll be golden. I also posted a video there that PFG had put together to give a look at what delivery driver job entails. Just know that your backing skills will definitely be tested.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Rob's Comment
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Not that you should base your decision on a sign on bonus.....but most food service companies (atleast in my area) are offering 4500-7500 sign on bonus paid after 1 year of employment. I'm only working 4 days a week. Roughly 12 hours a day and grossing atleast 1,000 a week. Food service also usually is off weekends as well as thanksgiving, Xmas, and new years. Every other holiday we work

King Pin's Comment
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Thanks for the advice Susan and Rob. I have 5 applications filled out and been over a month, haven't heard back. There on line applications with no phone contact info. Been wondering why I haven't received any calls.

Kingpin, I was hired as a "driver apprentice" for Performance Food Group. They sent to me to CDL school and paid to while there, and had a local food delivery job waiting for me upon successful completion of school. I have a diary in the training diary section if your interested on reading more about it. We have a guy out of out yard that's 60 years old still lumping groceries. As long as you're able to get the trailer unloaded without violating DOT. Laws you'll be golden. I also posted a video there that PFG had put together to give a look at what delivery driver job entails. Just know that your backing skills will definitely be tested.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Rob's Comment
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Just give it some time. Most of these places keep job postings up so they have a group of potential candidates to pick from as soon as there's an opening. Between the people quitting, and getting Injured, its only a matter of time before someone calls you. The physical aptitude test I was put through was pretty intense. I was able to get through it but was extremely sore for a couple days after. I'm 27, and weighed 250 at the time (have since lost 10 pounds from how physical this is). if you're looking for physical, have you looked into Beer, and soda distribution? Those beer guys are crazy lifting the kegs.

Thanks for the advice Susan and Rob. I have 5 applications filled out and been over a month, haven't heard back. There on line applications with no phone contact info. Been wondering why I haven't received any calls.

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Kingpin, I was hired as a "driver apprentice" for Performance Food Group. They sent to me to CDL school and paid to while there, and had a local food delivery job waiting for me upon successful completion of school. I have a diary in the training diary section if your interested on reading more about it. We have a guy out of out yard that's 60 years old still lumping groceries. As long as you're able to get the trailer unloaded without violating DOT. Laws you'll be golden. I also posted a video there that PFG had put together to give a look at what delivery driver job entails. Just know that your backing skills will definitely be tested.

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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