Should there be a program that allows 18-year-olds to drive interstate?

Truckers News Staff | June 01, 2012

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No way. Those coming out of truck driving school now don’t know what they are doing and have no respect or common sense to drive a truck. — Dianna J.

How are they supposed to get experience if they won’t let them drive to get it?

— Richard W.

Sure. I was trucking at 19. — Chad R.

Why the hell not? I mean, somebody has to replace those of us that are tired of this.

— Michael C.

Old enough to die in a war, old enough to drive truck. — Robert M.

Whether you’re 18 or 50, the fact is that when you’re new to trucking you have no idea what you’re up against and what it feels like to drive a tractor-trailer. I got my license when I was 19, and I think it sucks that I was looked at any differently because of my age. I was lucky enough to find someone to hire me and I learned a damn lot in the 3 years I worked for them, age is just a number in my opinion and shouldn’t dictate if someone can cross a state line.

— Zach H.