The Journey Starts

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by whodoesthis, Oct 1, 2022.

  1. whodoesthis

    whodoesthis Bobtail Member

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    Well, a newbie here! Taking the CDL skills exam this week . Not usually a big revelation except; I’m in my late 60’s (69), a retired former CEO of a public financial services holding company (25+ years), with prior addiction to florescent lights and behind the desk environments. Turning a wrench or prior driving experience with something behind the car, non existent. So training BTW has been completely foreign, the pre- trip inspections and permit exams were a breeze. Stay tuned.
     
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  3. MartinFromBC

    MartinFromBC Road Train Member

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    Good luck man.

    I look forward to reading about your journey.

    I hired a woman 16 months ago and had her hauling fuel and gravel, she came to me with only 3 years experience. Now she is 44, so she started trucking about age 39 i guess, training her to haul equipment now, and over sized, overweight loads. Today was her first time actually driving oversize, hauling a buncher.
    Last night we loaded it, chained it down, today i made her unchain it and unload it alone while I stood there and watched. We are heading out of the bush now, should be at the hotel in an hour.
    When she spun out in the mud, and looked at me, i said pretend that i am not here. She got out and chained up all 3 drive axles, and got us rolling again.
    I took the chains off for her while she unloaded the buncher.

    She thanked me for the hand.
    I could do more for her, but when I cut her loose to do it alone, she has to have the confidence that doing it herself brings. So if a trainer someday makes you bust your ###, while he eats a snack, and takes a stroll, don't curse him, thank him.
     
  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Which type of trucking interests you?
     
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  5. ncmickey

    ncmickey Road Train Member

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    Good Luck!! That’s exciting!
    Are you planning on using it with a job or just a cool challenge?
     
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  6. Bret1984

    Bret1984 Medium Load Member

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    You're not the first. I have heard your story before a few times. Older guy burned out from the corporate world looking to hit the road for a change of scenery. It's a journey for sure. It's definitely not for everyone but certainly an experience and an adventure none the less. I wish you all the best in your journey. I do hope you find whatever it is you are looking for on the road. Some do. Whatever it is it may very well be out there or maybe not but at least you looked right? Keep us posted on your journey and use the forums here to address any questions that come up. That's what they're there for.

    Good luck and safe travels
     
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  7. Chinatown

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    A driver in Nashville was CFO of a major national retailer and was burned out. Started driving trucks and loved the job.
     
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  8. whodoesthis

    whodoesthis Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for the well wishes and encouragement. I’ve been retired for the past 4 years and just feel retirement is not for me. I did return to academia in 2012 for my MBA, 35 years after receiving an undergraduate degree; which was a similar challenge to this but a whole other story. Anyway, I’m not looking beyond getting the CDL. To be continued….
     
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  9. ncmickey

    ncmickey Road Train Member

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    when I was in trucking school there was a retired nurse that worked in the NC prison system. She was getting her CDL just cause someone told her she couldn’t do it. She had no intention of working
     
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  10. whodoesthis

    whodoesthis Bobtail Member

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    OK, I can now look beyond the CDL. I took the skills exam and passed so I officially have a Commercial license. I’ll now move on to the endorsements with those exams scheduled next week. From there, the options multiply. Next step forward.
     
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  11. frontrange

    frontrange Light Load Member

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    You say you are retired, I am assuming you are in good shape financially? Not asking to be nosey, it makes a world of difference as far as your level of satisfaction goes in the driving gig. If you are enjoying driving and doing it because you enjoy it rather than HAVE TO ie: in debt up to eyeballs, etc. I liked it much better when all my debt was payed off. I am medically retired now due to 29 years behind the wheel and thinking I was going to be young forever lol.
    At any rate, best of luck and I hope you get out of it what you are expecting to.
     
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