Old Driver -want To Return

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Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Hey guys and gals,

I'm now 65, but I drove mostly local and tankers, though I did do a team drive for about 8 months. Eight years ago while off duty I was t-boned on my motorcycle by a guy who was texting on his phone. Anyway, I had a lot of physical damage to my rt knee. Since a knee replacement in 2015, and recovery, I want to go back and drive. Now I let my "Class A" lapse, so I want to get back into driving again but worried that my disability my keep most employers from even considering me. Am I just being paranoid? I had a lot of different jobs in life: Jet Engine Technician, HVAC Technician, Electrician and Truck Driver. My over all health is good, don't smoke or drink. I would like to return to tanker trucking jobs if possible. Any assistance would help because I just given approval yesterday from my surgeon to return to driving. And because of my disability (which is small now), California's rehabilitation act will pay for my schooling.

thanks for listening, Bob D.

Jrod's Comment
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Hey guys and gals,

I'm now 65, but I drove mostly local and tankers, though I did do a team drive for about 8 months. Eight years ago while off duty I was t-boned on my motorcycle by a guy who was texting on his phone. Anyway, I had a lot of physical damage to my rt knee. Since a knee replacement in 2015, and recovery, I want to go back and drive. Now I let my "Class A" lapse, so I want to get back into driving again but worried that my disability my keep most employers from even considering me. Am I just being paranoid? I had a lot of different jobs in life: Jet Engine Technician, HVAC Technician, Electrician and Truck Driver. My over all health is good, don't smoke or drink. I would like to return to tanker trucking jobs if possible. Any assistance would help because I just given approval yesterday from my surgeon to return to driving. And because of my disability (which is small now), California's rehabilitation act will pay for my schooling.

thanks for listening, Bob D.

You'll be fine - If you can pass a legit DOT physical, there are hundreds of places that will take you on as a regional/OTR driver. Local work is sometimes a little tougher on your knees, but you know what your physical capabilities are.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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You would need to renew your CDL again. We recommend Paid CDL Training Programs. Good luck.

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.
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