Curious - Too Late To Become A Truck Driver?

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Jesse A.'s Comment
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I'm 46. 5'7" tall. I weigh approximately 140 pounds. I have back pain, sometimes. Is it ever too late to become a truck driver?

Banks's Comment
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Most people start around your age, some a little older.

As for your back pain, it's hard to say. You'd have to discuss that with your doctor and it depends on if you're on medication and the type of medication if you are.

Jesse A.'s Comment
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@Banks Thank you. I don't see a doctor for my pain. I just take Tylenol or Motrin. Just more concerned with my size.

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.

BK's Comment
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What concerns you about your size? I see drivers, male and female, big and small. Your size should not be a factor. As far as back pain, there are several kinds. I have back pain when I stand up. When I’m seated in my truck, no pain at all. A friend of mine is just the opposite. He has no pain standing up, but pain when he sits down. My situation is actually a blessing for me as a driver. And your age? You are just a kid in terms of truck driving years.

BK's Comment
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What concerns you about your size? I see drivers, male and female, big and small. Your size should not be a factor. As far as back pain, there are several kinds. I have back pain when I stand up. When I’m seated in my truck, no pain at all. A friend of mine is just the opposite. He has no pain standing up, but pain when he sits down. My situation is actually a blessing for me as a driver. And your age? You are just a kid in terms of truck driving years.

RealDiehl's Comment
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We are a match in height. I'm 25lbs heavier, but at a good weight for my frame. I don't see any issues with your size that will negatively effect how well you can perform the job.

Simple stretches and exercises that don't require any weight may help you with any back issues. A doctor may have some suggestions to help you alleviate the pain without required OTC meds.

Oddly enough I find that doing squats helps with any back pain I get from time to time. I think my pain comes from not moving around enough. Whenever I feel pain or stiffness I'll do some squats each day for a few days. It makes me feel a lot better. I should probably do it all the time whether or not I'm feeling stiff or sore.

Jesse A.'s Comment
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Mr. BK, thank you for your reply. It means a lot. My back pain is stimulates from an injury I occurred when I was 8 years old. But, after reading your reply, it's no longer a concern. As for my age, I took the liberty of reading your profile. I see you started later in life as well. Seriously, I am thankful for your feedback. Stay safe on your travels.

Jesse A.'s Comment
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@Real Diehl Thank you for the input. I will keep this in mind.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I'm 46. 5'7" tall. I weigh approximately 140 pounds. I have back pain, sometimes. Is it ever too late to become a truck driver?

Hi, Jesse !!!

Heck, you've waited 6 years; it's about time ~ !

Re read the 'introductory' stuff, as well as all the NEW diaries!!!!!!

Congrats, and best wishes, on your upcoming journey, good sir. good-luck.gif

~ Anne ~ (and Tom!)

I'm 46. 5'7" tall. I weigh approximately 140 pounds. I have back pain, sometimes. Is it ever too late to become a truck driver?

ps: NEVER too old, and definitely not too short, or light! Heck, I'm only 5'2" and about same, weight!!

(And older, dang it.)confused.gif

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.
John M.'s Comment
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I’ve never done hiring for a carrier but I would think the older you are getting started the better. The farther you’ve made it in life the more you’ve proven yourself to be generally responsible. Lot’s of drivers have started in their 60’s. I started again at 41 just down the road from you btw, went to Bishop State in Mobile. Give em a look if you decide to pull the trigger.

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