Is 52 Too Old To Start A Trucking Career

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AJ D.'s Comment
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This is my first post, so It might as well be about whether I'm too old to start something like this. :)

My background is in my profile.

I'm in good health and feel like I should be able to give it a try.

Any advice?

AJ

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard AJ!

First things first - you'll be thrilled to hear you'd be entirely average if you decided to get into trucking. The average age for truckers nationwide is in the upper 40's so you'll fit in perfectly. Most CDL schools across the country have at least one or two people in their 60's, so you have no concerns in that regard.

We have a fantastic Trucker's Career Guide that covers every topic imaginable that pertains to getting your trucking career underway. It's a must read for anyone considering entering the trucking industry.

Now I noticed from your picture that you look an awful lot like a horse (no offense, of course) rofl-3.gif

Well right now I live on 3 acres (hoping to upgrade in a few years) up in the hills in Upstate New York and I raise a few animals myself. This year I'm raising 2 beef steers, 8 hens for eggs, 2 roosters that were supposed to be hens, 45 meat chickens, 12 turkeys, and 2 pigs. I have a cat that unfortunately serves little purpose other than driving other cats away, and I'm in the market for a new German Shepherd - my favorite dog in the world. I also have a 1,500 square foot garden with a little over 20 varieties of veggies.

Spring is supposed to be right around the corner but I still have some snow on the ground here and it's been more like January than almost April. But eventually the weather will break and springtime is really busy around here. I live by myself - never married, no kids - and I find farm animals to be the best people I know rofl-1.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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

AJ D.'s Comment
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Hello, Brett

Pleased to meet you. I'm starting to absorb the ton info on this site. What a wealth of knowledge. Thank you for all the time spent getting people up to speed and not sugar coating anything.

Are you no longer a long haul driver?

Special K, aka Kathy's Comment
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I am 52 and will be starting a company school on May 20th! Good Luck and ask any questions that you might have, the guys and gals on this site are very helpful and they will tell you the only stupid question is the one that you don't ask! Kathy

Roy E.'s Comment
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iam 53 going to start school on 29th of april . so no your not to old. be sure you look in to this site it will help you answer any and most of your questions

AJ D.'s Comment
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Thanks for all the help, gang

James925's Comment
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I've seen 75 year old men driving a truck, so yes you are fine. Good luck with your journey!

Ron T.'s Comment
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This is my first post, so It might as well be about whether I'm too old to start something like this. :)

My background is in my profile.

I'm in good health and feel like I should be able to give it a try.

Any advice?

AJ

Got you beatI'm 54. Drive on. Good luck, Ron

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Are you no longer a long haul driver?

Nope. I did it for 15 years and that was enough. I've retired from driving and this website has been my full time gig for about 5 1/2 years now.

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