Wondering What My Path Will Be?

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Edgar D.'s Comment
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Hello! Im 33 years young, I assemble computers with parts, I know website coding, I also have a modest work history. My recent work history was driving freightliner cargo vans, I actually enjoy driving, it seems relaxing and enjoyable than having to be stuck at a place of work. I know Im not that young anymore, Im wondering if its still too late to get my CDL? I also have moderate athritis in my tailbone area that sometimes I cant sit for too long, otherwise itll start bugging me.

I bought american trucking simulator and euro trucking simulator, I take the long drives and just relax while hearing the trucks roar! I wanted to work in the computer hardware field but no one gives me a chance and no one ever did, it sucks because computers is my passion. Im also teaching myself about Diesel Engines and the components about them and how they function. Im curious at what age people received their CDL and the benefits it has to be a truck driver, I am looking toward the future and the job outcome, hopefully I will always be employed. Do you guys enjoy it? What are the Pros and Cons? Were you able to start a family? Is it a hard job? My fear is reversing into a parking spot and thats it. If you want to know more about me , feel free to ask, I am looking for a career.!

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.
KH's Comment
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33 and you’re worried about being too old? I think I just felt a few more hairs turn grey when I read that. Anyway, you’re not too old to go in to trucking. It’s one profession where it doesn’t matter how old you are.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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33 is definitely not too old, we have members here far more experienced in life than your or I (31).

It definitely will be hard to start a family over the road but there are local opportunities when you decide to.

These links will be a pretty good start for a lot of the information you seek.

Truck Driver's Career Guide

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Jammer a's Comment
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Rofl 🤣 I love it 33 and to old hahaha your fine I worked oil rigs till I turned 50 last year and went an got my driving job your totally not to old hey o/s pack rat this kid needs some guidance!!! Welcome to the truth Edgar if I can help just ask everyone on here will steer u right welcome aboard

33 and you’re worried about being too old? I think I just felt a few more hairs turn grey when I read that. Anyway, you’re not too old to go in to trucking. It’s one profession where it doesn’t matter how old you are.

James R.'s Comment
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How was the oil rig work and pay? It's something i thought about doing too.

Rofl 🤣 I love it 33 and to old hahaha your fine I worked oil rigs till I turned 50 last year and went an got my driving job your totally not to old hey o/s pack rat this kid needs some guidance!!! Welcome to the truth Edgar if I can help just ask everyone on here will steer u right welcome aboard

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33 and you’re worried about being too old? I think I just felt a few more hairs turn grey when I read that. Anyway, you’re not too old to go in to trucking. It’s one profession where it doesn’t matter how old you are.

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Jammer a's Comment
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I absolutely loved it bro my 1st year out I made 90,000 but I took to it fairly fast it’s hard work !!!! You’ve got to be 360 degree awareness at all times and learn to catch different mechanical sounds and vibrations maintain equipment work as a team and be very vigilant we worked 13 hrs a day 7 days a week with 7 days off you get good at your job you stay working it’s hard heavy work that’s the easy part though once you get to not learning down hole calculations string pull how to swing 95’ ft tall steel joints around with out killing no one and just fighting Mother Earth all night an day when she decides to get mad at you lol it’s a great job that allowed me to provide for my family really well and let me travel around the world but I turned fifty and wanted to make a go at something with a littl less wear and tear on me I’m no office typ I liked working on the rig!!! A lot of my buddies went an got there cdl a and went to work for Haliburton and they love it can’t tell you much about that side of it though

How was the oil rig work and pay? It's something i thought about doing too.

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Rofl 🤣 I love it 33 and to old hahaha your fine I worked oil rigs till I turned 50 last year and went an got my driving job your totally not to old hey o/s pack rat this kid needs some guidance!!! Welcome to the truth Edgar if I can help just ask everyone on here will steer u right welcome aboard

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33 and you’re worried about being too old? I think I just felt a few more hairs turn grey when I read that. Anyway, you’re not too old to go in to trucking. It’s one profession where it doesn’t matter how old you are.

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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.
James R.'s Comment
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Man you worked 7 days on and 7 days off and still made 90k. shocked.png That's a pretty solid deal. I'm pretty happy where i am in trucking but basically i went from having nothing to having a paid off nice cargo van, house, and all the amenities i want, so i have been eyeballing options that might give me more time to enjoy what i've worked for. Did you get to actually boat or fly home or whatever on those 7 days off?

Yea i can understand not wanting to do that hard work over 50 though, those jobs can take a real toll on your body later in life. I even know a few flatbedders that needed shoulder surgeries and this job isn't that bad. That's the thing that might stop me from trying the oil work.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Hello! Im 33 years young... I know Im not that young anymore, Im wondering if its still too late to get my CDL?

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Welcome Edgar!

I started this career at age 53. The day I got hired for my first trucking job, the company also hired another gentleman who was 73!

Here's a fact... You are about 10 or 12 years younger than the average trucker.

Check this out. I met this guy at a truck stop in Louisiana. Here is the story of Eugene - The Eighty Year Old Trucker.

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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Not too old at all! The average age of the OTR driver in the US is about 52 years old. It's always great to see young people working a full time occupation.

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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.

Edgar D.'s Comment
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Hey thanks guys! yeah im just wondering my path in life, hopefully this leap will prove good money and benefits.

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