How Long Can I Be Idle

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Tom S.'s Comment
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I’ve done 7yrs in a big truck 4 OTR 3 local I’m 64 have saved some invested some but I did 3 months of PT the last year I drove local. After my parents passed the last 2 yrs I’m ready to go back to work but I’m dealing with degenerative arthritis sometimes I only sleep 2-3hrs a nite, anyway I just renewed my CDL and my med card, I’ve had my CDL since 08 7yrs class B the last 7yrs class A I’ve been idle at home the past 2yrs I live in Iowa how long can I not work and still be considered experienced? I could go back to the local job I had they loved me, it’s just knuckle head shuttles but I don’t know if my back can take it. Anyways appreciate the help. Thanks


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

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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Hi Tom. Good question and I think you will find that different companies have different policies. The company I drive for, Helwig out of TX, requires a minimum of 6 months experience within the last 3 years. So if I understand your history correctly, you would meet their criteria. You’ve only been off for 2 years, right?

I think the past 3 years are generally what is important. We have drivers from many companies here on the forum and I’m sure some will explain what their company policy is for someone like you. Good luck getting back in the driver’s seat!

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