Want to get into trucking, advice?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by HopefulOleTrucker, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. HopefulOleTrucker

    HopefulOleTrucker Bobtail Member

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    I've had a horrible work history. I am currently unemployed but about to start a job at an factory. I'd like to work for about a year and save up enough to go trucking. I have some health problems. Below I will list some info and I'd love to hear everyone's advice. Am I too old to get into this?

    Age : 35

    Sex : Male

    Work History : Not good at all. I've had over 20 jobs.

    Health : Overweight, Sleep apnea (untreated but have an appointment for a doctor for it in may.), Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension and Anxiety

    HW : 6'5 475lbs.

    Meds : Lisinopril, Amlodopine, Metformin, Pantaprazole, Citalopram.

    Criminal Record : Charged with no insurance in 2012 was dismissed. Convicted of no seat belt in 2012. Charged with no registration and no insurance 2019 was dismissed.

    Driving record : Only the above mentioned Seat Belt Ticket.

    Financial Situation : Live with my grandparents but own the home. I need to work and save up about 8000 dollars before I do this.

    Location : Williamsburg , KY.

    I tried to include everything, if you need to know more just ask. I've never drove a truck at all before and just have a standard KY license.
     
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  3. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    U are in a great area for freight. Which trailer u wanting to run? Reefer, dry van, tanker, flatbed ? @Chinatown can help ya out. 35 years old u are young in the trucking industry the average driver is in their mid 50s .
     
  4. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    I think trucking will worsen your health by a lot ...dont try to discourage you but . Wish you best either way .
     
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    I don't think your current situation limits you any, it's your health. I don't mean to be rude, but at 475 pounds, that limits you to a more sedentary job, like a line haul or OTR. Most trucking requires you to be fit, you don't see many overweight flatbed haulers. Good luck.
     
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  6. theSoz

    theSoz Light Load Member

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    No disrespect to you at all but I have to agree with the others your health is going to be the problem. You're on two blood pressure meds, heart meds and anti depression meds which will likely pose a problem for you when you go for your DOT physical. Your citalopram's main side effects are drowsiness, tiredness and blurred vision which are all not allowed when you're driving and 80,000lbs weapon. Meds aside, can you do the physical portion of the medical evaluation?
     
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  7. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

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    You need to drop at least 100 lbs before coming over to trucking. There are alot of 375 lb drivers, but not 475. Drop 100, and your health will improve all around. Set a goal, make it happen.
     
  8. DmitriyKW

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    I seen this post long time here on this forum, what's going on?
     
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  9. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

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    I see them all the time lol. Lookin like they're gonna drop dead at any moment after throwin some straps or pullin tarps.
     
  10. Eddiec

    Eddiec Road Train Member

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    You're not too old, but you have to get your health in order. But you already knew that.
     
  11. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive R.I.P.

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    One of the requirements of the job is the ability to walk. I myself am also fairly large. When I was driving here on the east coast the one thing I did see was a regular bit of walking. Often because of security, drivers are no longer allowed to walk through the wharehouse. So you the driver is expected to walk about a third of a mile or more to hand in the paperwork. Not only that, yet you are expected to climb up and down from the truck. At 475 the other real challenge you will find is when your expected to get on the top bunk to sleep at night.

    Anyone remember what the max load is for the top bunk in a cascadia? Seemed like I was pushing it when I was at 400#. Maybe you will get a sympathetic driver whom will let you sleep in his bunk. Yet the exercise may be more than you can handle. Yes you may lose weight. Yet that first 3 weeks is going to be very difficult.

    May I ask you why you lost your last jobs?

    Driving a truck for a mega means they expect you only to have a pulse. Home life goes out the door. Usually it is three weeks out and home for maybe 5 days.
     
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