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Samuel G.'s Comment
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I have been doing some serious reading on this site. The feedback from friends and family is not what I expected. I am 35 now and my interest for truck driving started recently. In other truckers' opinions, am I too old to do this?

P3 M.'s Comment
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As long as you can pass your DOT physical, background checks and have a decent driving record, there's a job in this industry that can fit anyone's needs/lifestyle - regardless of their age, sex, marital status... You just have to get your experience before a lot of those doors will open up for you. No, 35 is not too old.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Lucky13's Comment
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As long as you can pass your DOT physical, background checks and have a decent driving record, there's a job in this industry that can fit anyone's needs/lifestyle - regardless of their age, sex, marital status... You just have to get your experience before a lot of those doors will open up for you. No, 35 is not too old.

I totally agree. If you're in good enough shape to pass the physical, 35 seems actually pretty young to be in the driving profession. Many people have started a career driving in their 50's and they do great. No worries, kid! I'll be 50 this summer and I'm still rollin'!

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Samuel, I don't even think you are up to the average age of most truck drivers yet.

I started this as a second career at 53 - the very week I got hired the company hired another driver who was seventy three!

Yep, you're just a little grasshopper!

This career is so misunderstood by most people, you can not listen to your friends and family - I can assure you they are completely misinformed, and be careful about internet review sites too - they are notoriously frequented by a bunch of loser types posting disparaging remarks about trucking companies when the truth is that they couldn't handle the job so they started the blame game just to placate their own wounded egos.

Some of the best research you can do is to read our Truck Driver's Career Guide. Then if you want to enjoy a good read that tells you about this completely new lifestyle check out this free online version of Brett's Book.

Feel free to jump in here with as many questions as might arise, we will be happy to point you in the right direction.

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