Could It Be Time To Become A Truck Driver?.......

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Terry M.'s Comment
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Been with same company over 25 years and believe its about time to move on. Guy who owns the place is handing over things to his son who doesn't like me for whatever reason. Anyway looking for all advice on how to get started in the business. I'm 54 years old but I'm ready and able for anything. Would very much appreciate any and all advise. If I stay where I'm at, I'll be dead within 5 years. The stress is not worth the work (or lack of) under new regime. Thanks.

Jetguy's Comment
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Terry- I have sent you a PM. If it does not arrive in your Inbox- check your Spam mail.

Old School's Comment
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Jetguy, why are you privately answering when thousands of people coming in here will benefit from reading your response?

Terry M.'s Comment
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Sorry should have said I currently do not have a CDL but am interested in getting one and starting a new career. Where I'm at now is 12volt vehicle electrionics and the owners son just wants to give all jobs to his bestie and starve those of us who built this business. But, what can the owner do? Fire is own son? No win situation here.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome Terry. Here are some perfect links for you to get started with. Read through this stuff and you'll learn a ton. Then we'll be more than happy to answer all the questions you'll still have, and there will be plenty you can be sure.

Terry M.'s Comment
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Thanks Brett. I am reading the "Raw Truth" book. Started at 11 this morning and in between the phone calls I get and lunch, I'm on page 51. Valuable insight, good stuff to know. Just hope I won't be considered too old.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Terry, don't start that "old" business. Do "Captain Kangaroo" and "Kukla Fran and Ollie" ring any bells? I began driving last year and start Medicare next year.

If you can pass the physical and the CDL permit & skills test, you'll have a job.

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.
Terry M.'s Comment
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I did enjoy Tom Terrific when I was a kid and his dog The Mighty Mannfred.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I did enjoy Tom Terrific when I was a kid and his dog The Mighty Mannfred.

On, you pass the "old" test. Welcome to the club!

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Tom Terrific Show

Old School's Comment
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Terry, there is a whole multitude of people in this industry who started in it as a second career. I myself started at 53. The first company I worked for hired another man that same week who was 73! Since that time I've met at least three crusty old veterans who were in their eighties and still going strong.

Your age will be the least of your concerns.

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