Looking To Start A Driving Career At 59 Yoa

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Tim F.'s Comment
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You could give Roehl a look. Most likely you’ll be schooled in Conley GA( outside of Atlanta) they do list you location as hiring. They also list your location as available for southeast regional , which would allow for a little better hometime. You can look at other things available at your location by going to their website.

Good luck!!

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.

G-Town's Comment
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I was 54 when I went to Swift’s Richmond Academy 6 years ago. Any of the companies offering Paid CDL Training Programs are a great way to start and at least in my case, continue your driving career.

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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When all is said and done? You can spend a month of Sundays splitting the hairs difference between one vs the other, this or that.

As a veteran the 1st place I would go would be the state employment office. If not at the particular office you visit locally? There IS someone tasked with helping veterans find jobs.

If your drawing a veterans disability you may be eligible to vocational training courtesy of the Federal Government.

Also contact the VA rep in your local county. He or she may be in the next county over as they may cover more than one country

You may wish to check out MIllis Transfer. I believe it comes down to around $500 for training for veterans when all is said and done. They've a 5 star rating on the Indeed job website

Always as about veterans programs. Prime has one but it's not commonly known of

Good Luck

G-Town's Comment
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They've (Millis) a 5 star rating on the Indeed job website

This means very little.

Please take anything on Indeed or other job sites with a major grain of salt. The internet can be a very confusing and misleading information source. It’s impossible to fact-check or vet the credibility of data.

Take a look at this Trucking Truth blog-article... Web of Lies and Misinformation

G-Town's Comment
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...also meant to say that Millis is drfinitely a very good company. Just placing stock in any review or evaluation on the general internet, is at times futile. Sorry.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hi, yes, prime allowed me to take my cat as soon as i upgraded to solo. many companies only allow dogs, or.want the cats declawed...which mine was before i got him. Other companies told me i had a waiting period between training and being allowed to take the cat (I think that was Jim Palmer/Wil Trans)

I looked mostly at Prime and Roehl because.of this.

Prime has newer autos, APU , inverters, and a $1000 pet deposit ($300 the first check and $50 a week after that until paid off).

there are a ton of safety features on our trucks and trailers. You can buy a fridge in installments or lease a DirecTV system. School in MO is $150 upfront and nothing as long as you stay a year.

prime has a long training period of about 3 weeks for orientation/school, then 6 to 8 weeks for paid training at $700 per week guaranteed. You do 30,000 team miles so home time makes a difference in how long you are in training.

hope this helps

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Welcome Scott, glad to have you around. Like you I have decided to go into the transportation industry. Please take the time to read the links that were posted. You will be glad you did. The High Road Training materials helped me not only pass the CLP , but I passed it with an "A." I'm shipping out to school in May. I'm going with an opportunity that opened up with CRST in Cedar, Rapids. They are a "Team" company. I'm going against the grain of popular and respected opinion about teams. But I feel peaceful about it and will post my experiences both the good and the bad. I'm 63 now, and like you, have learned how fast time passes by. Also like you I think I can handle just about anything for a year. But, please don't think I'm boasting. I guess because I really want trucking to work out I'm hoping I will have whatever it takes to make it. I'm yielded to leave the comfort zone of home for something totally foreign. To do what we are preparing to do requires a place like this that provides friendship and comradery that can't be found elsewhere. It is a terrific place with terrific people. Good luck to you and all the decisions that lye before you and your family.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Welcome to TT Scott C.! With all this input you should have a good ideas on what to do next. My 2¢:

The competition for drivers is getting intense. Most of the companies that are willing to take an unwashed noobie and make a truck driver out of them should be ok. The list is here: Paid CDL Training Programs.

On the family side, keep this in mind: you and your Missus can talk all day about you being gone. But things may change once reality sets in. In November I started an OTR job, my wife fully understood that I'd be gone for weeks at a time. Now 3 months later, after experiencing my absence (with daily video calls, too!) I might need to start looking for a different type of work schedule.

Bring on your questions and concerns. You'll get honest opinions and guidance 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.

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.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I started last year at age 59. You can teach Old Dogs new tricks... Good luck to you brother welcome aboard.

Scott C.'s Comment
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Hi Folks, Really glad I came to this sight. What a super group of people here. I want to thank you very much for all of the responses. I think I just scratched team. So it really is just coming down to the company that I feel most comfortable with after research. I will head to the unemployment office and also check with the local VA rep to determine more options. I also have an email to the VA recruiter rep at Schneider. After I speak with them it might clear the muddy water a bit. But I will also contact several of the others. I dont want to confuse myself. So I think getting it down to 3 or 4 companies might help the process. After all, I have to pay my dues for a yr regardless, and once I commit with a company, I WILL stick with them for the first yr. After that I will re-evaluate and go from there. Again thanks for all the kind responses, recommendations and links. I will start to read those tonight. Head to the unemployment office in York county as they have a VA specialist in office. Nice communicating with ALL of you. Hope our paths cross in the near future. God Bless, Scott

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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