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FAQ: Truck Driver's Age & Background

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2016

Truck Driver's Age & Background - Frequently Asked Question

What kind of background do I need to become a truck driver

Truck drivers come from all kinds of backgrounds. There really is no other career that will prepare you for the trucking lifestyle. As long as you have a reasonably clean criminal and driving record, you can become a truck driver.

Am I too old to be a truck driver?

Absolutely not. There are no age limits on becoming a truck driver, and many people get into trucking at an older age, as a second career or after their children have left the house.

How old is the average truck driver?

The average age of a truck driver in the United States is around 49 years old.

Are older truck drivers physically able to handle the job?

There are certain types of jobs, like flatbedding or dedicated accounts involving a lot of unloading by hand, that are physically tougher than others. As long as you can pass the DOT and company physicals, age is not a barrier to anything in the trucking industry.

Do I need a college degree to be a truck driver?

No, and probably won't really help you either get a driving job or to do it.


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.

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