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James E.'s Comment
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I'm 59 years old with a ? about on the job training after your cdl. My issue has to do with having a prostrate issue and frequent urination at night. Would I even be able to complete the over the road training if it involves be out overnight? I can handles getting up several times during the night but I couldn't disturb someone else. I guess I'm asking about how some details of the training programs and if you think any training programs would just be out for the day runs.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Jopa's Comment
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You need to get yourself a "Mobile Urination Station" just $19.95, check or money order ... actually, next time you fill the windshield fluid up, save the gallon jug - that's a good substitute ... also, be a responsible trucker and DO NOT CHUCK a full bottle to the side of the road ... these become toxic (to say the least) in the sunshine and SOMEONE has to eventually pick up the trash ... very unpleasant ... go ahead and wait until you are stopped somewhere and discretely pour out the contents ... it will "dry up" eventually and nature will have not only called but will have helped you solve the "disposal" problem ... "the solution to pollution is dilution" so the spring rains (or melting snow) will "wash away" the residue ...

Jopa

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Great Answer!

James, there are definitely ways to work around it.

If you're really concerned I'm sure there are medications that would be approved for commercial driving if you're not on one already. But regardless, it's not going to be a big deal. Like Brian said, Gatorade bottles or stepping outside will do the trick. Believe me, if that's the worst problem your trainer has to deal with then you'll be considered an excellent student!

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Brian M.'s Comment
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Gatorade bottles are common place in the industry. Enough said.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Great Answer!

James, there are definitely ways to work around it.

If you're really concerned I'm sure there are medications that would be approved for commercial driving if you're not on one already. But regardless, it's not going to be a big deal. Like Brian said, Gatorade bottles or stepping outside will do the trick. Believe me, if that's the worst problem your trainer has to deal with then you'll be considered an excellent student!

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James E.'s Comment
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Thanks for your responses and that you didn't say I was crazy undertaking this at 59. This has always been in my heart, and I have to act on it.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Thanks for your responses and that you didn't say I was crazy undertaking this at 59. This has always been in my heart, and I have to act on it.

Brett can't call you crazy to be old and start trucking, he's not old enough to do that. I and several others can, though. I'm 63 and I went crazy last fall. I started driving with Swift in January, and have no plans to stop being this crazy.

Enjoy being crazy! It's about time, Jim!

Oh, it's a good idea to check the tandems several times during the night.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Slowpoke's Comment
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Don't worry bout waking your trainer up in the middle of the night, you'll more than likely be operating like a team before too long anyway so you'll have the bunk to yourself ;))) Secondly, try beta prostate, it really does help.... I can sleep 5 whole hours at a time without waking up for a nature call.

Jopa's Comment
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Best Answer!

You need to get yourself a "Mobile Urination Station" just $19.95, check or money order ... actually, next time you fill the windshield fluid up, save the gallon jug - that's a good substitute ... also, be a responsible trucker and DO NOT CHUCK a full bottle to the side of the road ... these become toxic (to say the least) in the sunshine and SOMEONE has to eventually pick up the trash ... very unpleasant ... go ahead and wait until you are stopped somewhere and discretely pour out the contents ... it will "dry up" eventually and nature will have not only called but will have helped you solve the "disposal" problem ... "the solution to pollution is dilution" so the spring rains (or melting snow) will "wash away" the residue ...

Jopa

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Jopa's Comment
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Oh, and we have the Female Adaption Option for $9.95 (check or money order) available, too! (It's called a "funnel" in some circumstances) ...

Jopa

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Errol V.'s Comment
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Urea can be considered a fertilizer, so don't feel bad when you fertilize some roadside. Cows do it all the time.

Papa G's Comment
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Thanks for your responses and that you didn't say I was crazy undertaking this at 59. This has always been in my heart, and I have to act on it.

I am 58 and into the first week of my CDL training. If you're going crazy, then I want to go with you! Old guys rule!

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.
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