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Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Tanker Driver

If you put your mind to it and really pay attention to what's going on, you can do tankers starting out. That's what I did, jumped right into tankers after getting my CDL. I will say it was quite a bit of a learning curve between learning the driving game, learning the tanker, and taking in the hazmat process as well. If I had to do it all over again, I probably would have went to an OTR company and got some experience first only because I really feel I could have benefitted much more by coming into this job with experience(that is driving a dry van first). I have been doing this as well as driving all together for almost 7 months now and I love it.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Trying to recover From a DUI and find a new driving job

I only ask because just north of Wichita, KS. I went through the same thing with a four year old DUI, wasn't an easy process of finding a job. There were a couple of factors though. One, new driver with no experience, two instead of going to an actual driving school, I went to a CDL class which just trained me how to pass the CDL exam more or less. Long story short, due to some factors not in my favor, I had a ton of rejections. Anyway, I ended getting a job pulling a tanker and been going strong for almost 7 months! If you have questions let me know. Companies will work with you, you just have to find them.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Trying to recover From a DUI and find a new driving job

Wichita, KS?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Tankers. So sexy.

Yup. I work for Groen**** Transport. I got hired on there right out of school. I love pulling tankers, absolutely love it. Yes, I thought it was a very big learning curve starting out with tankers and no driving experience with the exception to school. Here it is 5 1/2 months in and I still am learning something new everyday. Just to give you an idea of what I do pull, I've been pulling a hard shell here lately transporting butane, the tank will also haul propane. I've pulled some gas/diesel, and we do a lot of asphalt in the summer time. Great outfit to work for, can't see myself anywhere else!

I need to finish my first year anyways. But I think I will try to find a bigger company that has tankers and a Walmart dedicated. That way I can just switch within the company.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Dui on record but case was thrown out.

Yes, it's going to be tough unfortunately. I was charged and then got found not guilty for my instance. They couldn't use the breathalyzer due to the cop not being certified on the machine so they had to throw the breathalyzer out. Even though I wasn't convicted, companies still seen I was charged. I still had to go through the suspension process on my license and the interlock process therefore that alone was enough to raise red flags all over the board for a lot of companies. There are companies that hire with the DUI being 2 years old. However, your best bet is going to be when the age of it hits 5 years old. A lot more opportunities will open up for you at that 5 year mark. However, still send out as many applications as you can. It never hurts to try, persistence does pay off trust me! Companies may look at your case different than mine so it's worth a shot! Best of luck!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Any Tanker companies hire straight out of school?

I am not in the chemical side of the tankers, but i do pull LPG (propane and butane), gas/diesel/transmix, and asphalt during the summer. You can make very good money pulling hazmat, depending on who you go with. I was brought on when I started and was told the average was $65k a year for the companies drivers, high $80s depending on how you run, and yes that is doable if you run your rear off. I do love pulling tankers, absolutely love it! Honestly wouldn't want to do anything else. However, it's been very stressful for me since I am very new to the industry and learning to drive as well as handle tankers has been a major learning curve for me. I will post about my experience through out this journey to give y'all an idea of what I had to do to get to where I'm at thus far.

Sorry for hijacking with this but wanted to at least say yes there is one hazmat tanker driver here, I do linger through the forum just don't post as much as I should :/. Anyway, as I said earlier hazmat tankers for my company are making average $65k a year plus.

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3 years of that pulling food grade tanker want to move up to hazmat carrier

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What makes you think that's a move up? I pulled food grade tanker for a year one time and absolutely loved it. I never had any indication that the chemical tanker drivers were making any more than I was and look at the job conditions. They go to filthy, nasty chemical plants and breathe that filthy air and have to watch safety videos and wear protective gear and drive around all the time with placarded loads of highly dangerous chemicals under the close eye of the DOT.

Food grade guys get to go to orchards and dairies and drive around without placards carrying honey and cream and vegetable oil breathing clean air.

Me personally.........you'd have to pay me way, way, way more money to convince me to give up a food gig for a chemical gig and I just don't think the money is there. Food grade pays well because the freight pays well. There's a lot that goes into cleaning the tanks, keeping the equipment up to date, and hauling those loads without baffles. So I don't think you're going to find much difference in pay between the chemical and food grade side. I'm not sure if we have anyone on this forum that hauls chemical tanker or not. If so I'm hoping they'll chime in.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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How is Schneider Tanker division?

I don't drive for Schneider Bulk, but I do drive for Groen**** and started there as a rookie driver with zero experience. My taste with pulling tankers is that I absolutely love it! I was really nervous about going into tankers with no experience what so ever due to the hype about surge and what not. But just like Josh said, if you take it slow and easy, it's not bad at all. We run all automatics as well.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Two speeding Tickets! Yay!

You might have a shot at either of those companies. It's all going to depend on how long ago the tickets were and whether or not they are willing to take a chance on you. I would definitely scour Craigslist at some of the opportunities listed there as well. Apply everywhere you can, it's not going to hurt anything. Also really work on your driving habit s and do what you can to maintain a safe and clean record.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Two speeding Tickets! Yay!

Schneider has a 5 year DUI policy, unless it recently changed? Did you talk to a recruiter from Schneider?

Try Werner or TransAm. How did you go about getting your CDL?

So, after using the search feature, and lurking, the only company I could find that may/might/maybe/possibly hire me is Swift.

So, my two tickets are 70 in a 55 and 74 in a 55, both from this year. (Not reckless according to VA, but reckless according to the trucking industry.) I was going way too fast enjoying the music, so now I get to pay for it, in a different way. Also have a DUI from 2010, and a driving on suspended from 2011. I've already called/talked to Prime, Stevens, Western Express, Wil-trans (They do CDL school but they don't hire inexperienced drivers?), and I think that's it. Schneider I've been told has a 10 yr DUI policy, TMC does have a 10 yr DUI policy. All those are a "Nope, sorry."

Before I forget, I have no experience, literally just got my CDL, so I would doubt any local companies would hire me.

So, any other companies besides Swift that I could put an application in at?

Have an application in at PTL also, they called me back and I'm assuming they're doing background check stuff, or perhaps saw the two tickets and went "Nope." Gotta keep my head up and hope I can get a foot in the door, SOMEWHERE! Anywhere, at this point honestly.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Dui..dwi arrested but not charged and dismissed

I'm going to step in here and throw some info out. I went through the DUI process back in 2012 and got found NOT GUILTY by a technicality during trial in 2013. Thinking I was in the clear and good to do trucking, I had another hurdle coming. Even though I was found not guilty, my MVR still showed the charge. So regardless of what was done in criminal court, the MVR hearing was what got me and I still had the interlock and suspension process. It's now been 4 years since my charge date and I am eligible for a few companies but not many.

6 string, the information I was being told by recruiters as far as the date the 5 years actually starts counting down was charge date for some and others went by conviction date. Maybe I misinterpreted that? Either way none the less, the date my 5 year time mark started was the day my interlock was installed on my truck which was October of 2013, so technically I'm not eligible for a lot of companies until 2018. Fortunately enough I was able to get hired on by a very reputable tanker company that has been very understanding and willing to give me a shot. I must also add that I am really good friends with some of the employees that has some pull so that most certainly helped. The point is, you can get your CDL earlier than the 5 year mark if you want, but like it was said earlier, you're better off waiting until you hit 5 years as many more options will open up for you. If you do get your CDL earlier than the 5 year mark, it's going to be very tough to find work, it can be done but the options are very few and far between. Werner, MCT, TransAm, are a few companies that will hire with a DUI being less than 5 years old.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Points?

While we are in my trainer's truck, he will get enough points to maintain his shower pass for the month through Fly J/Pilot. Once he has obtained enough for that to be maintained, then I can use mine to help accumulate points as well to get that going. But legitimately, like Old School said, you will have plenty of opportunities to get your own points once you get your truck. Focus on training right now and utilize every second you have with a trainer.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

You may know alot more about the industry than I do at this point but that doesn't make you a trucking God or right about everything or everyone.

At no point in time has Brett ever claimed to be a "trucking god" during this conversation man. He is simply trying to pass along his knowledge of the industry he has obtained over the duration of his career. He wants drivers to be successful, simply put. One thing I have learned about Brett is he doesn't sugar coat anything, he gets right to the point and says the cold hard truth whether you like it or not.

Now, please understand I am not trying to disrespect you or your family that has been in the business for a very respectable amount of time. But, trucking has changed and times have changed as a whole and you should know this coming from a family of truckers. It is always recommended that you stay with your first company at least one year. I myself am a new driver and plan on staying with my current company for quite sometime. But let's say I was put in your shoes and i am going to TransAm with May offering me a job. I would be extremely grateful of the opportunity that May has offered me, which you say that you are. However, I would still stay committed to TransAm as they have given me a shot to go drive for them.

So therefore, I would be fully dedicated to TransAm for at least 1 year from the time they hire me since they are investing time and money into me to help kickstart my career. Again, you have indicated that this is your plan, which is good. The thing that is really bothering people is the fact you are just waiting for that one time that TransAm slips up. What happens if they slip up and you jump ship before your year and you go to May? Is that saying May will be any better? Things can go wrong at May as well to put you in the same situation.

Basically what I am saying is, don't jump around from job to job when your stepping into the industry, it looks really bad as a new driver job hopping within your first year my friend. I am not going to tell you what to do as some people have to learn the hard way, and I am not saying that is you because I do not know you and can't say that. However, I can tell you what I would do is stick it out with TransAm for your first year as a new driver, no matter how hard it might be and get the experience. Go there with a positive attitude and ready to run hard and prove your self.

Again, I am sorry if I bounced around a bit in this post, as I am not trying to disrespect you or judge you, I just like everyone else, want every new driver to succeed in this industry. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. I am sure you are aware of this but, drivers come and go all the time in the industry. So having the "just one slip up by TransAm and ill be making a call attitude" really isn't the best way to approach this as TransAm is giving you shot, but by your wording, your also giving them a "shot". I am not going to beat on it forever because it has already been done earlier here. Good luck to you.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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I did it again..

It's like a whole new you! You clean up pretty good Gladhand!

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Shave and a hair cut? Nice new pic.

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Haha I have been clean shaven since I took that last picture. Just haven't changed it. The beard life isn't for me.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Driver Killed After Semi Flips During High Winds On NC Bridge

I would have thought they would have been shut down during that time of the storm while it passed through? But then again I am also a newbie in the industry and still learning. I have always been told that you are the captain of your own ship. If a situation doesn't feel right then speak up and say something, prime example, a situation like this story. Sad thing to read though.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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The truth about the FMCSA!

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Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Tanker jobs and high pay at Dupre' Logistics LLC

Unfortunately I live in Kansas where most trucking outfits do not hire from . Very hard to get a job living here . I have found only a few and of course none where i live in the biggest city in Kansas . Kansas , where truckers go to die . If you do not work for a company that is located here you probably are not going to be working . well unless you want to work for the big guys no one wants to work for . will keep your ad in mind in case I decide to move .

I get that this is an old post, but I can't resist. I do specifically remember it has been almost a year to the day when I began thinking about driving a truck and started looking at jobs. Just for the record, I do live right smack dab in the central part of Kansas, hell I am in Salina to be exact. I am going to have to disagree with your statement that it is very hard to get a job living here. Are you kidding me?!?!?!? There are outfits all over the state that hire! Irish Express over by Manhattan, we have Great Plains Trucking in Salina, Groendyke Transport out of Hutch, let's not forget about Farmers Oil and Accord Transport. There's Keim TS up in Sabetha as well as Doug Bradley here in Salina, plus all the major companies you speak so poorly of that are hiring in Kansas. I can honestly count on one hand how many companies I spoke with that weren't hiring out of the area because their current accounts were full at the time, however, for that small amount that did not have any openings equated to well over 30 companies local and OTR companies I spoke with about positions. So you may not be in Salina next to 135 and 70 but come on man, there are a ton of options in Kansas for truckers.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Starting with Werner

I had it listed in the last response but it got blocked out some how. Anyway, I am going to Groen**** Transport Inc. They are a tanker company based out of Enid, OK I believe. Super excited about it, I actually had my heart set on going there after getting some experience and getting past these few hurdles. Fortunately enough, after saying some prayers and knowing a few of their top tier drivers that put in some good words few me, they have decided to give me a shot!! Now it is just the long dreaded wait until orientation begins. Can't wait to get going!

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Oh my gosh what else can go wrong??

Keep your head up man, definitely praying for ya!

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Two weeks notice or no?

Reputation is everything in my book. Might as well keep a good one ya know? If it were me, again soley just me, I would do the two weeks just because I hate burning bridges and I would much rather leave on good terms in case I ever needed to come back for what ever reason! Hope it all works out for ya!

Put it this way.... If you take the professional, high road, no one can say anything to the contrary.

But I'd you don't, then you run the risk of someone smearing you.

Just my feelings on it. You only have your reputation, and that is built on your actions.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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CDS Tractor Trailer Training in Virginia

Congrats! Where are you heading to next?

Well. this is my final post to this thread, yesterday I tested and passed and got my CDL!

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