Prospects For A 60 Year Old Applying For Company School?

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EFT's Comment
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What are the prospects for a 60 year old being excepted into a company school?

I just made 60, work construction now. In good health, no drugs, haven't had a traffic ticket in 20 years, no DUI , no criminal record, have never been arrested. Divorced, older children out on their own.

For the last few years I have been thinking about getting a CDL , and going OTR to see the country. I think that after the holidays would be a good time for me to finalize my decision and apply and attend school.

Researching on this forum and others, I think that company training would be a good way for me to enter the industry. After following Big Scott's adventures at CFI, that is one company school I would apply to. Big Scott, were there any older students when you were there?

Thanks in advance for any answers or advice. This forum is very friendly compared to others, and all of you seem to be very good folks.

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.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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Hi, EFT. If you're only concerned about your age, concern not. I got my permit when I was 64. I've been driving successfully for Swift ever since.

Just watch those"old man" bugaboos like blood pressure, and you should do all right.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Big Scott's Comment
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60 is not too old. You just have to be at least 21. I think you got that covered. I'm 50. I have three friends at CFI in their 60's. As long as you can pass your DOT medical you're good.

Start studying High Road CDL Training Program, to prepare for your permit test. You will need to get your DOT physical and permit before going to CFI. I had studied and was 100% ready to take the permit test. I waited until I spoke to them and ran down the next day and took my permit test.

You will need a hazmat and tanker endorsement for CFI you can get that with your permit or add it later. The hazmat background check takes about 30 days. Here's a link to the student driver portion of their site.

I hope you come to CFI as we need drivers. Also, not that it matters, CFI does not give referral bonuses for student referrals. This is because they put such a large investment in training the students. I want people to come to CFI because, I truly love driving for them and think they're a great company. I'm happy to answer questions here or you can find my email address in my profile.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Peter M.'s Comment
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Go for it!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Old School is nearing his triple digits. You're a young pup, you'll be fine.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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You can check this out from our Truck Driver's Career Guide:

Am I Too Old To Become A Truck Driver?

Check this out too from our Trucker's Wiki:

Advice For Older Truck Drivers

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