Start driving after retiring from an office job?

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  1. Mister Squawk

    Mister Squawk Bobtail Member

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    I recently retired from a long career in tech in the Boston area. When I was younger, I always wanted to drive a big truck, so now I'm thinking about getting a CDL-A and starting a second career driving. I would be most interested in a no-touch local job (like driving for an Amazon Freight Partner, or maybe a truck hiker for Penske).

    I don't need to make a ton of money, but I'm also not that excited about shelling out $8,000 for CDL training (best price I've found, an outfit called CDL Training - MA & NH).

    Is this an insane idea? Would companies hire a newly licensed driver with no experience? Would any of them provide financial support toward CDL school?
     
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  3. JSanborn103

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    Youll probably end up doing OTR for a year to start. Local is for experienced drivers.
     
  4. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Find the job you want BEFORE you decide about CDL school. Some employers will give you a "free" CDL school in exchange for 12 months of work for them. Some employers only hire newbies from certain CDL schools. About 40-50% of newbie hiring employers pay Tuition Reimbursement in addition to wages.

    The industry is slow right now. There is no driver shortage. Long drives in a car are not like driving 125k miles per year in a huge truck. Make any company you want to work for put you in contact with current working drivers doing the work for which you will be hired. Ask those drivers real questions like how much did you earn last week & last month? Not, do you make good money?

    CDL jobs are sometimes described as working 100 hours a week, claiming it's only 70 hours, and getting paid for 50 hours. The jobs vary tremendously based on the town you will work from. You need to pass a medical exam from a DOT doctor or nurse. If you are overweight or admit to snoring they will likely claim you need an expensive sleep study. If your BP is above 140/90 you will need BP medicine & that limits you to getting a 1 year medical card, rather than a 2 year card.

    Lots of people do what you are asking about. Now is just a slow time to be doing it and the Northeast US is one of the least truck friendly areas to do it. No truck parking & harsh enforcement against truck drivers.
     
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  5. ducnut

    ducnut Road Train Member

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    Definitely an insane idea, especially where you live. However, I understand scratching the itch. I just think there are more meaningful, more rewarding, and far less risky things to do in your retired years, especially at your level of knowledge and intelligence. I simply can’t see you jumping through all the hoops to get behind the wheel of a semi, have someone decide to commit suicide by hitting you head-on, their family hiring “The Hammer”, and you going to prison, because idiots sitting on a jury were brainwashed into the idea it was all your fault.

    My viewpoint comes from me being a driver of more than 30yrs and seeing all the changes. Things aren’t like they used to be. The risk versus reward is NOT in a CMV driver’s favor, EVER.
     
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    CDL Training & Truck Driving Schools - Roehl.Jobs
    Roehl Transport provides you with a sure path to success. Our paid CDL training is the fastest way to advance your career and go from zero experience to middle-class living. …
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    This one pays cdl school students $616.00 weekly, while attending school, plus meals & lodging.
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  10. okiedokie

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    Ask yourself, how do you like driving around Boston in a car? Not that great ×10.
     
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    Some drivers accept that as a challenge.
     
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