Is 43 too old to be a newbie trucker?

by Cynthia A, Mieske
(Belleville ON Canada.)

Me and my 'ride' .  Summer of '08.

Me and my 'ride' . Summer of '08.

Hey,hey! Here I am, 43 yrs old and in this point in my life, I now have the luxury of time and a good husband who has a good-paying white-collar job. I now want to put into action what my mind has always said to do: get my AZ and be a professional truck driver.

I do have a few caveats that have reared their ugly heads and might just throw a spanner into the hole: my age, and the reality that I am the mother of 3 very young girls.

I do have a solid marriage, so that's a good thing, though the dynamics and logistics I suspect will drive my husband sparky! (You know, the whole getting the kids to and from school thing, rearranging work hours to accommodate the same said getting the kids to and from school thing, and so the soap opera continues...at least for my hubby, because I will be living my dream, free at last as an asphalt cowgirl.)

I could really run on with the whole dream thing and choke up a whole lot ta keyboard time, so here I is...with the short of it: my age. I can surmise that many an employer won't not hire me because I'm older, but, in the back of their mind the fact still sits; an older person is more likely to incur health issues, they are less flexible to adapt and be proactive to new methodologies, or that they have established families and not as apt to run the roads more. These views were pointed out to me by my older peers, most notably my mother. I am definitely not looking at trucking for the money, I just want a job that I will love and not cringe every time I turn around when it's time to go to work.

My other concern was brought to my attention by a good friend of ours, a 40 yr veteran trucker for TANKER truck: "...this line of work is a shitty job and I just don't think you've got the balls for it. There's a lot a immigrants who will come in and work a lot harder for a lot less, and you'll sit there and after all is said and done, you might come out with $35 bucks in your hand at the end of the day, girl." Marwin is simply looking out for my well-being, and I get it, but surely not all carriers are that senseless, are they? I beg the question. I have a really good work ethic, and I always believed that what I put into something is a reflection of how I am, my 'currency' so to speak. If I can't honestly do a good job and put my name on it, I don't do it. My ultimate goal as a Canadian female truck driver is to become a Road Knight, and be an ambassador for professional truck drivers.

I am looking forward to your response to this here diatribe of effluvium. I might not have balls, but I do have fairly broad shoulders, and can take a fair bit before I go off and chuck a mental! LOL.

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Jan 25, 2010
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43 TOO OLD ?
by: Steve " Aligat 1 " Hite

Well 4355 , I am 51 , and am not anywhere near being too OLD , as you so politely put it . Hope to see you out there .

Jan 06, 2009
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43 too old?
by: jimmy

No, 43 is not too old. can you walk, read English,pass a basic physical, hold on to a steering wheel etc? this is one profession that age is no problem. however in reading your blog, i get the impression you're looking for adventure first.

You must realize that trucking is a hard job. highly unlikely you would find a local job to be home daily. (at first) can you handle being 1000 miles from home and talking to your youngins every nite on the phone and not being there to tuck 'em in? living on the road is a different lifestyle you may or may not like. keep asking questions------good luck

Oct 17, 2008
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Go for it!!
by: Jennifer Schnittker

Hi Cynthia,

43? hmmm no way girl, We are just starting to live in our 40's!!!!! Our kids are raised (or almost) we finally feel some "freedom" in our lives, and want to finally go after the goals we, have for so long, put on the back burner.

43 is not even old girl (god I hope not, cause I will be 40 in a few months) and if 43 is old, then I have to start thinking that way--and oh but hell no! lol.

My husband started 6 months before turning 43. So no its not to old, its just young enough ;)

Next, I do agree with Hervy---you have got to look at your family as well. There are other things you can do outside of Long-haul though. Perhaps looking into local companies that you can either get home every few days, or even at least every week-end with regional.

Good luck, and Let me know how it goes. I will be starting to get my CDL when I am about 47-I will be teaming with my husband for retirement.

Jennifer

Sep 27, 2008
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Too old to be a newie trucker
by: The Crazy Trucker

Hello Cynthia,

You are like a ray of sunlight through the open window in a dull room!

LOL, I think you have the perfect personality (as much as I can tell from text on a page) and attitude to be a great addition to our force of professional drivers.

You are right there is a huge difference in what companies has to offer out here. You'll have to find the right company based on your needs (home time, benefits) and location.

Your friend is right pointing out that its not all fun and games but I think you are fully aware of that and prepared for challenge and adventure. My worry for you is not that part of becoming a trucker.

What I wonder about is your daughters and your husband.

You do need to know that starting out you will be away for weeks at a time (most likely) before going home. You also will not be able to guarantee the attendance of your daughters at school.

You husband need to fully understand these things also.

If your relationship is truly that good with your hubby and he understands this and yous guys agree for you to do this I would say try it. Even if you just do it long enough to say you did it. Especially if its something you always wanted to do. Get it out of your system.

And by the way, if your husband supports you to go out there and drive you really have a very understanding husband.

Oh, but I would make sure your daughters support you and understand also. All kids are not built for a parent leaving them like this. I got the feeling that you have one of those supporting families with that strong bond and understanding.

However, if I am wrong and you actually have problems with the kids, you know discipline problems, respect to your husband, etc. you might not want to do it.

If your husband is stressed out by his new level of responsibilities because of you leaving to pursue your dreams then he may become resentful and that will start to deteriorate your relationship.

That's not fair to the kids or your marriage. There are some cases in which we have to let go of our dreams. If it will destroy what your have now built with your family, let it go.

As far as the age. It appears that your have probably been taking care of your body. If you can pass the dot physical I think the trucking companies would give your a chance. Especially if you have a good health record.

Call a few of the companies and ask what their age requirements are before your move forward in getting your license.

Hope this helped, let us know what you ended up doing. This is very interesting situation. I wonder how many other ladies are in your situation.

By the way If you want to talk to a female recruiter I will email you her number let me know. I talked to her a while, she's good people at US Express.

Take care
Hervy.

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