Do you have advice for an Elder newbie ?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by quatto, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. whitebird

    whitebird Bobtail Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I am a 55 Year old stay at home grandma!!! My son works for Prime and I start training in a few weeks. yup I'm scared. Yup it is going to be a whole new life. but with age comes some kind of wisdom to handle lots and lots of problems. they can be overcome with the right attitude and perseverance. This forum and whole web site have been a great source of knowledge and comfort in the time I have been waiting to finally start a new life. Thank you for all the advise
     
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  3. quatto

    quatto Medium Load Member

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    Wow, you're so cool ! Someone here said that 60's is the new 40's. I think you might prove that 50's is the new 30's ! I hope you will post your progress and let us all know how the job hunt goes.

    I don't know if you read the first post here but I'm 62 and start trucking school on April 1 ---April fools day. LoL I don't think I'm a fool though. In fact, I'm beginning to think this just might turn out to be the best move I've made in life.

    Good luck to you grandma trucker !!!
     
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  4. chief890

    chief890 Bobtail Member

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    Hi whitebird,
    The saying goes "You're never to old." I took my truck driving school at Great Lakes Truck Driving School in Columbia Station, OH. I learned a lot, but I know there is a lot more to learn. I'm 58 and start my new career with Baylor Trucking. Can't wait!!!
     
  5. quatto

    quatto Medium Load Member

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    You were hired out of school at age 58? Is that right? If so that is very encouraging for me !

    By the way, what kind of trucking are you going to do? OTR, regional, local....??
     
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  6. TomMaiden

    TomMaiden Bobtail Member

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    Just wanted to thank you for posting this as I am in a similar situation though you are much older, I am only 61 LOL Good luck with your pursuit of a new career!
     
  7. chief890

    chief890 Bobtail Member

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  8. quatto

    quatto Medium Load Member

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    Ha ! You're quite welcome, sonny. :biggrin_25525:

    I'm beginning to think that there are many "closet seniors" here. Maybe we could form a powerful union and, if necessary, picket in our wheelchairs.....



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  9. DozerCowboy

    DozerCowboy Light Load Member

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    I pull a drop deck hauling mostly heavy equipment and whatever they can get on the trailer when they need to move us, I work with a guy who is 72 years young and he out works some of the young guys here in the company!! He drags chains and binders, throws straps, and everything else related to our line of work and he does it with a smile and without a complaint. We don't TARP anything we haul, were a NO TARP company!! So you see, at your age pulling a FLATBED or STEPDECK isn't as bad as it's made out to be. Key is to PACE yourself, work SMART not HARD, and don't ever let the LOAD drive you, you DRIVE the Load!! Best Wishes to you Friend and keep us updated !!
     
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  10. quatto

    quatto Medium Load Member

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    Very inspiring story. Thanks for that ! And you're right--many have told me to stay away from flatbed because it's supposed to be physically challenging. Of course, they don't know me and are just trying to help the old guy out. They don't know that I love hard work and can still keep up with those 30 years my junior.

    I'll try and write about my experiences in trucking another thread. If I'm successful in this new career I want others to know it's never too late in life to be useful....It's never too late to start a new life..... It's never too late to dream....
     
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  11. Tats Man

    Tats Man Light Load Member

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    Hope to be joining you soon! Celebrated 59 & easily out hustle 1/2 my age. We changed the format of what can be done. Age is from the neck up which we control. Whole new career & up to the challenge. Seen life & then some. Including life on the road. It's you & the challenge to overcome & succeed. I'm looking forward to this & hope I made right choice w Prime.
     
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