Possible for an older driver to break in?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Possible Future Trucker, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. Cam Roberts

    Cam Roberts Road Train Member

    May 13, 2018
    People that have never driven a manual transmission car in their life tend to learn how to shift a Eaton trans quicker than people that know how to drive a manual transmission car. Why? Because manual trans car drivers have a tuff time trying to unlearn everything they learned about driving a manual trans car. Synchronization vs unsync
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  3. Possible Future Trucker

    Possible Future Trucker Bobtail Member

    Jun 11, 2018
    Thank you Cam for the note of caution. I remain optimistic I can adapt. Last fall I had the pleasure of adapting to driving a manual transmission in Scotland. Yep, right hand drive manual transmission. Took to it quickly and successfully. And it was a blast. You make a great point though, one I'll surely keep in mind. I thank you.
  4. Alec the trish

    Alec the trish Bobtail Member

    Feb 14, 2018
    Cape May County, New Jersey

    Of course you can. I am 64, just passed my test and start with Schneider bulk in 10 days time. looking to retire at around 72 with luck.
  5. MCMarshall

    MCMarshall Bobtail Member

    Jul 22, 2018
    I know of a woman who is a trucker-snowbird: Summers in the Bakken (ND) and winters in the Permian (TX). I'm starting with Sage school in Ft. Pierce, then going to try to sign-on with CTL in Tampa. I'm 49, but worried about the possible stress test for tankers.

    @PossibleFutureTrucker I too am looking forward to a second act. I think we'll be fine. :thumbup:
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  6. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Airlie Beach QLd
    If you got the stamina to drive day after day week after week companies won't mind what age you are, in fact there more likely to hire an older person cause you got lots of wisdom which should help you in the rigors of daily life.
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  7. Digger130

    Digger130 Light Load Member

    Apr 1, 2018
    If you have the money go to a cdl school. I'm 45 been a plumber 25yrs needed a change and paid for school no contracts and a wide variety of companies to choose from. I'm still a rookie did my 4 weeks with a trainer who fortunately was a great guy and learned a lot. Driving dry van and loving it! Btw no flip flops or automatic here!
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  8. JTAN

    JTAN Light Load Member

    Jun 12, 2009
    Rome , GA.
    I'm 60 and know guy's my age that still flatbed that being said ..you should have no problems as long as you get your physical , have a clean MVR and can adjust to the life style. being an OTR driver isn't a regular job it is a lifestyle with irregular hours..get some exercise daily if it's just getting out of the truck and walking ..watch your diet you'll be fine..some companies like us older guys for our maturity and life experience...
  9. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    They very much like and want older drivers. We have common horse sense. We are responsible. They love us. We have worked good for them.
    You’ll find it takes some adjusting to get used to this. I’m 7 months in and am doing better. Or let’s say easier for me.
    I’ve always liked Prime.
    Definitely have to have an intelligent life form in the truck. They won’t allow it? Forget them! Too many companies allow.
    My company always needs help in Ohio. I don’t know what the problem is? They will train. But not cdl school. I do love doing pneumatic trailer. I feel sorry for what the reefer drivers have to put up with.
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