75 Year Old Ex Driver

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CHERYL D W.'s Comment
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I am 75 years old and haven't driven a big rig for the past 12 years. I am interested in driving again and wonder if anyone would hire me? The past year and a half I made several trips from Bakersfield CA to FL pulling a variety of small trailers behind my SUV. (Horse trailer, 12 ft box trailer and different sizes of utility trailers. ) No tickets or accidents. Want to know if I'm wasting my time trying to get a driving job. Have CDL and physical. Last is only one year as BP was high due to family death. Expect that will drop for the next one.

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.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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You should be able to. However, with the changes that have occurred since you last drove, you might have to get a refresher. Somebody will pipe up with more knowledge about that than me.

I will be 71 this year and have been driving since I turned 63. I drove from 88 to 93 and didn't keep my chauffeur's license up, which switched to the CDL. So I went back to a school in 2014...which was a mistake. I should have gone to one of the larger company training schools. But it's okay. I ran 132,716 paid miles last year and am in the top five drivers of my company. So it is doable.

Laura

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.
BK's Comment
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I think you can get hired. The trucking industry is old age friendly in general. You might get some rejections, but it only takes one YES. I’m a recently hired old guy (69), and had to pass a basic agility test and lift 50 pounds. Maturity and sound judgement seem to trump the age factor.

Get going, you’re not getting any younger!w

CHERYL D W.'s Comment
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Thanks for the encouragement. I started putting out feelers today, expect the rejections but I'm in good health with a good driving record. During my 12 yrs of driving I never had a chargeable late load. My truck record was very good and I rated many months with top miles. I feel positive about getting a job.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thanks for the encouragement. I started putting out feelers today, expect the rejections but I'm in good health with a good driving record. During my 12 yrs of driving I never had a chargeable late load. My truck record was very good and I rated many months with top miles. I feel positive about getting a job.

Miss Cheryl;

Those two gave you the PERFECT encouragement, spot on. MANY companies prefer 'mature' persons to put in seats, these days. My husband's company is an exemplar; have no idea how they get around not hiring 'green & young.. fresh meat,' haha!

Wish you well; we are in our 50's as a couple, also.

Take a look at PackRat's posts... and Old School's ... they're still at it.. though younger than you; with heart and eye surgeries (major) respectively!

I hope this all works great for you!

Are you in Cali? Or Florida? Might have suggestions, if you'd share location.

There's this, too: Apply For Paid CDL Training

And, supplemental; if you don't need to refresh: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

I'm still waiting 'my' turn to get in a seat; hubby trained me 'years ago...' and I had to raise the kids. Now, I have!

Best wishes, ma'am!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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