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Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Banker786, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. Sdatruckinginc

    Sdatruckinginc Bobtail Member

    Jan 18, 2019
    I have two friends driving team she 70 he 80 still gettin up owner ops and will run most young drivers in ground they ain’t slowing down chase your dream and good luck
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  3. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    I totally get rhe patience when it comes to big decisions. I wrestled with the decision to go trucking for over a year.
  4. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    @Goobr54 started driving for Millis fairly late in life.
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  5. Port Man

    Port Man Bobtail Member

    Jul 29, 2017
    I drove my dad's truck for Mayflower in the late '60s then in '73 went into the construction business until the 2008 crash. I got my CDL, drove another guy's truck for awhile, bought an old truck in 2012 got my authority in 2016 and last week paid off my 2012 tractor and chassis and grossed $255k in the intermodal industry in Washington state. Oh, did I mention I was 64 in 2008? Oh, did I mention I've had type 2 diabetes since 2001? Don't let anyone tell you you're too old.
  6. Port Man

    Port Man Bobtail Member

    Jul 29, 2017
    Don't know how I forgot to add the fact I beat prostate cancer in 2017. Think I'm losing it. Hahaha!!
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  7. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    After 8 years as a truck driver I am now 63.
    So I was older than you when I began.
  8. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    well that MUST be true, people tell me all the time, i can;t win the gazillion dollar lottery.
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  9. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    I got back into trucking at the age of 58. That was five years ago.

    A little over three years ago I switched from dry van to flatbed. That first week nearly killed me. Too sore to either lay down or get up from the bunk.

    Now? I wish I had kept with trucking as a youngster, instead of going off trying to make the most of a college education...

    Here's another aspect about YOUR decision, the VAST majority of insurance companies, and hence the trucking companies that might hire you, WANT mature folks behind the wheel. IMHO you are in the sweet spot for getting hired. If you have ANY interest in pursuing a second career in trucking, then you should first pray, and invoke the name of the saint @Chinatown to bless your journey.

    THEN you should stop standing on the sidelines, hemming and hawing, and act on some good advice.

    P.S. I'm having the time of my life. Jump on in, the water's fine!
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  10. RedForeman

    RedForeman Momentum Conservationist

    Jan 30, 2011
    Oddly, just about everywhere I stop, I am surrounded by people that should have listened.
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  11. Dieseltu

    Dieseltu Light Load Member

    Sep 10, 2015
    Im 56 , and just started driving. , Jan 7 driving and delivering picking up engines transmissions , rear ends with pallet jacks , forklifts ect. . I never thought about age once. I aint got no choice. I count my blessings. its 60 hrs a week. i maxed out my time Friday and couldnt unload. i had a cdl from the early 90s and was driving the short bus kids for about 3 months and i never let my cdl go as a back up plan. Youth and enthusiasm can always be overcome by old age and treachery!!
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