Max Age To Start A Trucking Career?

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Steven W.'s Comment
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Best of luck to you Steven.

Pretty much - you can continue to drive, as long as you can pass a physical - vision, hearing, diabetes, BP.

Stay healthy - get a little exercise - watch the bad eating habits that "road food" can create (or exacerbate) - and you can drive, until you no longer can. There's no age limit here, except for 21 & over.

Rick

I have already began a diet and walking on a treadmill. Thanks for knowledge.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Thanks for all of the great information. Reading about the drivers older than I gives me a feeling that I will be successful. Anything I do I give it 110%. I always listen and learn and if I am shown a weakness I immediately begin working harder. I had a career in Law Enforcement and the day I started I was 32 years old and everyone called me Granddad. Well after 16 weeks of intense training Granddad finished second (2nd) in the class and missed being first by one half of a point (1/2 point.) There were 35 students that began the school and approximately 28 students finished. Most of the students had college degrees and all were in their early to mid 20's. Yes I had to study and train harder but in the end it was all worth it.

I am looking forward to seeing our great country. Steve

Steve, should you choose to get into a truck, I believe with your life experience, you'll (ahem) go far. Enjoy!

OOS:

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David L.'s Comment
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Being generally healthy and having a desire to succeed at driving are about all that's needed. Age is not a barrier. I'm 62 and just finished training with Swift. I do my orientation and head our with my mentor next week. I met a guy at Roadmaster that was in his 70's. Good luck.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Mason V.'s Comment
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The maximum age is when you can no longer pass the physical. For instance, I am 28 are will likely need hearing aids in less than 5 years. If I can't get my real estate going I will have to see if I can legally drive with hearing aids. If I can't then my max age will be around 33 years old.

Rick S.'s Comment
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The maximum age is when you can no longer pass the physical. For instance, I am 28 are will likely need hearing aids in less than 5 years. If I can't get my real estate going I will have to see if I can legally drive with hearing aids. If I can't then my max age will be around 33 years old.

A person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person: First perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than five feet with or without the use of a hearing aid or if tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500Hz, 1000HZ and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to the American National Standard Z24.5-1951.

§391.41(b)(11) A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that person:

First perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than 5 feet with or without the use of a hearing aid, or, if tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to American National Standard (formerly ADA Standard) Z24.5-1951. Since the prescribed standard under the FMCSRs is the American Standards Association (ANSI), it may be necessary to convert the audiometric results from the ISO standard to the ANSI standard. Instructions are included on the Medical Examination report form. If an individual meets the criteria by using a hearing aid, the driver must wear that hearing aid and have it in operation at all times while driving. Also, the driver must be in possession of a spare power source for the hearing aid.

It will be NOTED on your DOT MED CARD (Hearing Aid, same as Corrective Lenses if you require them) and you better have SPARE BATTERIES onboard, if stopped and inspected.

Other than that - no problem.

Rick

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • 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.

    CMV:

    Commercial Motor Vehicle

    A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

    • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
    • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
    • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
    • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
    • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

    Fm:

    Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

    The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Mason V.'s Comment
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The maximum age is when you can no longer pass the physical. For instance, I am 28 are will likely need hearing aids in less than 5 years. If I can't get my real estate going I will have to see if I can legally drive with hearing aids. If I can't then my max age will be around 33 years old.

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A person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person: First perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than five feet with or without the use of a hearing aid or if tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500Hz, 1000HZ and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to the American National Standard Z24.5-1951.

§391.41(b)(11) A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that person:

First perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than 5 feet with or without the use of a hearing aid, or, if tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to American National Standard (formerly ADA Standard) Z24.5-1951. Since the prescribed standard under the FMCSRs is the American Standards Association (ANSI), it may be necessary to convert the audiometric results from the ISO standard to the ANSI standard. Instructions are included on the Medical Examination report form. If an individual meets the criteria by using a hearing aid, the driver must wear that hearing aid and have it in operation at all times while driving. Also, the driver must be in possession of a spare power source for the hearing aid.

It will be NOTED on your DOT MED CARD (Hearing Aid, same as Corrective Lenses if you require them) and you better have SPARE BATTERIES onboard, if stopped and inspected.

Other than that - no problem.

Rick

Cool, thank you very much.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • 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.

    CMV:

    Commercial Motor Vehicle

    A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

    • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
    • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
    • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
    • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
    • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

    Fm:

    Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

    The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Charles C.'s Comment
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Hey Steven join the club! I'm 61 and just start school with Roadmaster. I'm doing the training on weekends because I'm still working my 35 years job in IT. So far it has been great! I find myself thinking about driving all the time! Good luck!

Charlie C

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
ATXJEHU's Comment
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Attitude and realistic expectations are far more important than age (as long as you can pass the physical-which is not difficult for a reasonably healthy person). BTW, I am older than you are, but not saying by how much! lol

Steven W.'s Comment
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Hey Steven join the club! I'm 61 and just start school with Roadmaster. I'm doing the training on weekends because I'm still working my 35 years job in IT. So far it has been great! I find myself thinking about driving all the time! Good luck!

Thanks for the encouragement. That's great information. Steve

Charlie C

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Steven W.'s Comment
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Attitude and realistic expectations are far more important than age (as long as you can pass the physical-which is not difficult for a reasonably healthy person). BTW, I am older than you are, but not saying by how much! lol

Thanks at least I don't feel old. Steve

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