51 And Looking To Get CDL... What Am I Doing?

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J.D.'s Comment
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Sure I'll chime in... If your health is good for your age, and you're otherwise "the type" who'd like it enough, there's a clear consensus that trucking is one of the best options for relatively older people. Less "age-ism", even the opposite compared to the vast majority of careers out there. I'm way older than you, not working yet but a recent CDL grad who's about to get rolling and my age is pretty much the least of my worries. I applied for countless jobs before turning to this, in order to get some income generated for awhile; I've always interviewed well, but nowadays with having to do 'em online, if you're older and they have younger applicants, you're lucky to even get an interview. With almost no exceptions, I did not. And now my age is no longer an obstacle.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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The average age for OTR drivers in Lower 48 is 52 years old, so you're just right.

It's great to see young drivers out here, too.

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.

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