61 Years Young

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Russ L.'s Comment
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Thank you,

Best thread ever!

Russ L.'s Comment
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Thank you all,

Be Safe..

I am going to be 59 in December. I’m signing up for school tomorrow.

No, you are not to young. Welcome to the forum. We always suggest people start with these.

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.
Dan S.'s Comment
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61, 62 come April next year. Just finished up TNT training/30,000 miles yesterday. I'm going to team with my trainer through the Winter ~ maybe longer.

Went through a spell of doubt. Good Folks here calmed me down, and got me back on the right and righteous path.

I went with Prime. If your a Vet and provide them with a copy of your DD214 your contractual obligation is only on the Fast Track Program.

Rob Low (Owne of Prime) runs a first class operation. He's a righteous guy.

My ONLY regret is o didn't do it twenty years ago

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Welcome, Russ! I just turned 56 a little over a month ago and have almost 3 years under my belt. You'll do just fine. Trucking is truly an industry where there is no such thing as age discrimination, unless you're too young lol. Being older has it's advantages here.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I will be 29 tomorrow and I see many drivers who are..... more experienced in life than I. I know we have at least one in his 70s

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Russ-

I'll be 66 in January and I'm almost finished with school. So Your AGE is not in question as others have said. You can get a DOT Med card and get your CDL then you'll do fine. Just remember It's an Adventure your taking on!

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.

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.

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