Starting A New Career At 56

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Paul S.'s Comment
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Hello all, After a lifetime of working my ass off in the 9-5 world I got laid off 2 years ago. I have hit an age discrimination wall I can't seem to penetrate. Every job I go for I loose to someone younger. I am currently working a job any 18 year old can do for. $15.00 an hour. I watch trucks drive by my building every few minutes all day long. And I dream, why not me? I can do that. I talk to every local driver who comes to my loading dock and they all say the same thing. Driving sucks compare to what it used to be. One guy has been doing it for 39 years and only makes 22.00 an hour working for ABF. I still want to drive.

I have a recruiter for a privet school NETTS in Andover Ma coming over Saturday to tell me about school. I would rather go to a trucking school for swift or prime or something. But I'm not sure what direction to take yet.

Are there any companies that I can do my year out of New England so I can do OTR but still return to NE and see my family? Most seem to be everywhere but the east coast. Can I do training then do my year driving local? Should I pay for NETTS so I can start with local job? So many questions. If I didn't have a 10 year old son, I would just go drive OTR anywhere. But I'm not sure if my family can adjust to me almost never being home with him being so young right now. Last of all, how do they get you home for your off time if your doing all your driving out west somewhere?

And Last last of all. What kind of income can I really expect to make? I have years of debt to payoff thanks to this economy.

Thanks to all who reply. I honestly can't wait to change my life and work in a world where I'm not that old man who can't find a decent job.

Paul.

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.

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 all, After a lifetime of working my ass off in the 9-5 world I got laid off 2 years ago. I have hit an age discrimination wall I can't seem to penetrate. Every job I go for I loose to someone younger. I am currently working a job any 18 year old can do for. $15.00 an hour. I watch trucks drive by my building every few minutes all day long. And I dream, why not me? I can do that. I talk to every local driver who comes to my loading dock and they all say the same thing. Driving sucks compare to what it used to be. One guy has been doing it for 39 years and only makes 22.00 an hour working for ABF. I still want to drive.

I have a recruiter for a privet school NETTS in Andover Ma coming over Saturday to tell me about school. I would rather go to a trucking school for swift or prime or something. But I'm not sure what direction to take yet.

Are there any companies that I can do my year out of New England so I can do OTR but still return to NE and see my family? Most seem to be everywhere but the east coast. Can I do training then do my year driving local? Should I pay for NETTS so I can start with local job? So many questions. If I didn't have a 10 year old son, I would just go drive OTR anywhere. But I'm not sure if my family can adjust to me almost never being home with him being so young right now. Last of all, how do they get you home for your off time if your doing all your driving out west somewhere?

And Last last of all. What kind of income can I really expect to make? I have years of debt to payoff thanks to this economy.

Thanks to all who reply. I honestly can't wait to change my life and work in a world where I'm not that old man who can't find a decent job.

Paul.

I am in exactly the same boat, my friend. At 53, I appear to be running into the same walls. I will keep track of what you do.

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.

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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This thread is a must read. I started and couldn't stop reading. I just had to see if he made it through each step. https://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Topic-2938/Page-1/roehl-driver-training-from-start-to-end

What an amazing, hard working dude.

I just hope I have half the tenacity of this cat.

Paul S.'s Comment
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This thread is a must read. I started and couldn't stop reading. I just had to see if he made it through each step. https://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Topic-2938/Page-1/roehl-driver-training-from-start-to-end

What an amazing, hard working dude.

I just hope I have half the tenacity of this cat.

Thanks AJ I'll read it for sure.

Paul

AJ D.'s Comment
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This thread is a must read. I started and couldn't stop reading. I just had to see if he made it through each step. https://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Topic-2938/Page-1/roehl-driver-training-from-start-to-end

What an amazing, hard working dude.

I just hope I have half the tenacity of this cat.

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Thanks AJ I'll read it for sure.

Paul

Let's keep in touch , we may be on similar paths here :)

Texun808's Comment
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I'm 52 and starting school July 7 at FFE

AJ D.'s Comment
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I'm 52 and starting school July 7 at FFE

Why did you pick FFE?

Now I have another to add to my list.

Prime Roehl CR England Knight and now

FFE ?

More choices for Company Sponsored CDL is good. :)

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.
Ken C.'s Comment
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Hey Guys....I'm 52 and worked in a Corporate Cube for the last 12 yrs but from what I've seen in Trucking so far is 50 is the new 30 and we aren't having any issues getting hired on and/or trained...Only major downside for most 50 yr old guys coming into Trucking is having a family that they have become attached to seeing on a daily basis...If you single or have grown kids then this is a great option and I like it but if you can't hack being OTR for weeks at a time then you still have some options for local or regional gig's...

Ken

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Texun808's Comment
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Stay withFFE one year and your CDL is paid in full....they don't take any payroll deductions from you.....this site gives all the info on FFE

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.
Texun808's Comment
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You might check out millis also....they seem pretty good and their school is in Burleson...basically ft. Worth

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