Brand New CDL.............TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PJ's Comment
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Congrats Mike. I too started driving after my first retirement. I was 53 at the time. I’ll be 60 really really soon.

Turtle's Comment
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dancing-banana.gif Great news, congratulations Mike!


Mike C.'s Comment
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Ashley M

I'm sure not real qualified but I did visit a few schools before deciding Tampa Driving School. I visited the school a few times over a year or so and reached my decision that it was the one for me. It was the right choice for me. They make it very personal and attend the needs of each student. I'm a very slow learner and got alot of extra help and time as did others as well. I'm a totally satisfied customer.

Good luck Ashley

Go for it!

Peter M.'s Comment
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That’s absolutely fantastic!

Moe's Comment
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Georgia Mike's Comment
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Praise the Lord good job buddy.

Mike D.'s Comment
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Congratulations, I'm 53 and about to start training and wondered if I'm too old, but you've inspired me.

I joined the forum a couple/few years ago because for many years I've wanted to be an OTR trucker. I joined and now and then participated because the forum is friendly and helpful.

Today, I passed the state tests here in Florida and earned my CDL. My backing skills required alot of help and the instructors at Tampa Driving School saw to it that I recieved the help I needed and on my 3rd try, I passed..........PTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Havent slept for weeks tossing and turning scared that I would not pass. So, I'm happy as a pig in poop and have my CDL which I've wanted for 30/40 years (But it wasn't called a CDL back then I dont believe).

At 75 years and retired (kinda) it's a lifelong dream come true for me.

Now and then I'd like to stop and ask stupid questions.

I like this forum because it is friendly and helpful and while asking really dumb questions I dont think I'll get beat up so bad here.

Passing the tests today was a GI-GAN-TIC relief.

I'm looking forward to visting here now and then


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.


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.

G-Town's Comment
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Geez there are a lot of Mikes in this thread.

Congratulations Mike C.


And the newest Mike; “Mike D”; I was early 50s when I went to Swift Academy in Richmond. That was 7 years are not too old.

Good luck!

Cajun J's Comment
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Passing the tests today was a GI-GAN-TIC relief.


Congratulations sir!

I started this as a second career at 53. The company that hired me hired another gentleman that same day who was 73! I've since then met several drivers in their 80's!

If you're interested, here's a link to a conversation about the time I met one of those guys in their 80's.

Trucking For The Long Haul

I wish the best for you! Hang around here with us. I'm sure we're going to be able to help you out as you get started.

Old School and Mike C... the two of you have NO IDEA how much reading your posts concerning you ages took a major load off of my shoulders.

I have been working Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental for the last 11+ years after making a career change in 2009. I'm 52 and was thinking, "Damn, I'm too damn old for another change!" Although I almost made the change about 3 or so years ago. I actually have my permit. Was waiting on word from Roehl on training dates. BUT I got hired for corporate position in my field. Got fed up with all of the stupidity. I'm just tired of having to babysit grown men telling them not to do stupid stuff to hurt themselves or others. Or having people hide things that happened when ultimately it was my headache. Hearing your ages helped me discard that concern.

Gents, I hope you are both doing well and thank you for helping me without even realizing it. Love this forum and the sincere care shown for other drivers, old and new, and those of us here considering becoming drivers.


Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Cajun J's Comment
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To ALL of you 'seasoned' gents,

I already thanked Old School and Mike C. before I finished the thread. Thanks to all of you for sharing the ages you went into this career. This 52 year old need hearing it. My age was one of my major concerns... now it isn't.

Thanks again!

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