How old is too old to think about becoming a Company Driver?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Gungpae the OG, May 28, 2011.

  1. Heirforce1

    Heirforce1 Medium Load Member

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    There are a lot of smaller companies that might be willing to accept you simply because of your work record. Also maybe by you receiving the additional income you could consider getting your own truck and authority, you definitely should'nt be an insurance risk unless they try to discriminate because of age. Hopefully this helps and try your best to get in, we'll be pulling for ya!
     
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  3. Mdbluecrab

    Mdbluecrab <b>Crusty Crab</b>

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    :biggrin_2559:
     
  4. alan g

    alan g Bobtail Member

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    You could make enquiries with Schneider they reputedly have a policy like Home Depot of employing mature people , never say never and ignore the negative comments as nothing in this life is written in stone ,as you said don't live to regret not having a try at something. Good luck to you.
     
  5. dannythetrucker

    dannythetrucker Road Train Member

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    the bottom line is it doesn't hurt to apply. Let them decide if you're too old or not when they get the app. Don't let some guy on an internet forum stop you from applying. I even know some places that prefer retired guys at least for seasonal work. When they hire young guys they don't show up on time, or quit after their first paycheck, etc... I know a guy who hauls livestock who is over 70, over 6'5" tall too and strong as a bull. He get's more trucking done in a week than some of em do in a month !
     
  6. 123456

    123456 Road Train Member

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    The correct answer is 21.

    Now,



    what the heck did I win ??
     
  7. Rerun8963

    Rerun8963 Road Train Member

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    a free show......


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    123456 Thanks this.
  8. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Most older drivers have been doing it for many years. At age 69, it is a late start, however, it could work. I would think that with your current retirement income, you could aford to pay for school and then see what happens. If nothing else, you will have accomplished getting a CDL and gotten in some drive time in the "big trucks". Ultimately, you would end up at a smaller company. The guy that ran over 10 cars 2 years ago on the OK pike near Miami, OK, and killed about 9 people was 71.
     
  9. Rerun8963

    Rerun8963 Road Train Member

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    i find your posting to be an ironic one at that..

    on the one hand, you tell him age don't matter and to go for it.

    then you tell him an old 71 year old driver killed some people...

    are you sending him the RIGHT message...???:biggrin_255:
     
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  10. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    No, I'm telling him it's a late start BUT it could work. And advising him to go to school and see what happens. The mention about the 71 year old killing about 10 people was just that, a mention. Not trying to say all 71 year olds run over people. Guess I was trying to say at that age, we really need to realize that while we may feel fine, we aren't 30. Lets face it, our reflexes do slow down. I somewhat notice it when I drive, kinda hard to explain. BTW, I'm 65.
     
  11. Rerun8963

    Rerun8963 Road Train Member

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    yeah, that's the thing...reflexes....but as truck drivers we do have a clear ADVANTAGE over say they typical 4 wheeler, and that is the ride/seating height of the truck driver. sitting higher that any other driver (4 wheeler, mototbike, for instance) we can see further down the road, and take evasive actions well ahead of the others.

    but then too, general health, eye sight, hearing, and well just the age in of itself...

    we really did have elder students...one was in fact ex-military (air force) and he was 68 yrs old.....now mind you, he was absolutely no dummy, he was quite intelligent, but he simply could not grasp the double clutching, and had a difficult time with the yard skills. his "timing" to enter and complete ALL of the yard skills just wasn't there like (say) a 30 or 40 year old, or even a 50 year old....

    as a result..?? he was in school for about 9 months....and the actual length of all our classes...?? 8 to 10 weeks....we DO NOT graduate students just to get in new ones..and we cannot charge them more than the set prices...

    as of last month (just days ago), he was still not working....(but collecting SS, and his air force pension) and also mind you, he graduated back in June of LAST YEAR....!!!

    think he will have to go back to school...??? of course......but given his hard times learning, and now he's a year older......he just ain't gonna get a job......

    too bad too, i had some great times talking with him about the military and listening to all his stories, a real "encyclopedia" of knowledge for all things air force/military..
     
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