The Road is Waiting
OK. If you’re thinking the trucking life might be right for you, there’s a few things that need to happen to keep you and the public safe.
Most of these are just common sense and nothing to get too worried about. Basically, that you’re old enough and qualified enough to keep you and everyone around you on the road and driving smoothly.
- You gotta be 16+ to drive within state borders
- And you gotta be 21+ to cross state lines
- You have to have a valid Maine Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
- You may have to have a physical examination at least every two years, so watch the triple cheeseburgers with cheezy fries.
- Obviously, you gotta follow U.S. Department of Transportation rules.
- Alcohol or drugs prior to or while driving? Nope. But you know that.
- You’re gonna get tested for drugs and alcohol before you’re hired, after a crash, if someone thinks you might be using, and randomly. Because safety.
- You have to have a relatively clean driving record. Recent OUIs or other serious driving convictions might be a problem, so keep your nose clean.
You want to succeed. We want you to succeed. The best drivers are those who:
- Want to make their own way
- Aren’t afraid of a challenge
- Have zero desire to ride a desk
“Growing up on a farm in northern Maine, there was no other choice but to repair our own equipment when something went wrong or broke. Whenever my uncle was working on something, I was right there by his side trying to learn as much as I could. Years later, equipment is still breaking and I’m still turning the wrench to fix it.”–Kevin Steeves, Clifton, ME