How Old Is Too Old?

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CK's Comment
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At Prime we have a 67 year old woman who just got upgraded it solo, and her 64 year old sister just got her CDL and is currently in THT and will be joining her. They're going to be teaming. There is no too old. Good luck!


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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I will be 60 this year, I am currently out with a trainer.

DCL's Comment
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Thank you, everyone, for your replies and advice. This looks to be a good site with honest, straight dope. Won't know for sure of course until I take the plunge and have a year or two under my belt. But my sense is people here shoot straight. Thanx again..

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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But my sense is people here shoot straight. Thanx again..

Yes, this site tells it like it is. Some don’t like what they hear but they will hear the truth.

JJlearner's Comment
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"...World Health Organization (WHO) had declared that 65 years old is still considered young. Before, based on the Friendly Societies Act (1875) in Britain, old was defined by age of 50. The UN has not adopted a standard criterion but lately 60 years old was referred as the border age to the word “old”. However the health organization had done a new research recently, according to average health quality and life expectancy, and defined a new criterion that divides human age as follows:

• 0-17 years old: under age

• 18-65 years old: youth/young people

• 66-79 years old: middle-aged

• 80-99 years old: elderly/senior

• 100+ years old: long-lived elderly


Jrod's Comment
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I've been in charge of hiring drivers at my company the last 4-5 years. We've hired LOTS of drivers over 60, and probably a half dozen over 70. But we are hiring experienced drivers, so I can't speak for the companies that offer training. However, if you have the ability to go from A to B, safely and on time, I have a feeling you won't face many issues. In fact, the biggest issue you will face is your own self-doubt. Once you get past that, you'll be rolling down I-80 in no time.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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We have at least 1 driver who is 71 or 2. The guy who trained me 1.5 years ago is 60 this year I think. Plus I see plenty of other driver who are in late 50s to early 60s.

Dave Reid's Comment
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You're too old when you cannot a) fog a mirror, and b) pass the DOT physical without the doc recommending a wheel chair for you.

66? you're more than welcome in this business!

So I'm thinking driving would suit me fine but I'm 66 years old and have doubts about getting a job. Don't want to pay for training or head off to a company training site to then get told no thanx, you're not qualified or whatever when the real reason is I'm too old for their tastes. Any advice?


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.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Hoping not 62!

Just don't fall off a truck like I did!

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hey Marc, I noticed you by the Waukesha truck. My daughter and grandson live near Waukesha in Oconomowoc. As Tom Thumb famously said, it’s a small world.

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