I've Been Corrupted

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Richard D.'s Comment
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Hello everyone, I attended a 7.5 week college course to get my cdl license and my classmates mostly went OTR but me? No.I wanted local and hourly pay. I laughed at 30cpm. What a bunch of fools.

I moved back home to TX and drove for the oilfields. That's when it all went south. Nobody cares. It was all about the money. And I made A LOT of money. Thousands and thousands of dollars. I didn't even know what to do with it all.

The training left my head because the other drivers taught me their ways. Coasting to a stop, 24 hour plus shifts, driving with busted lights, torn seat belts, battered tires, leaking toxic oilfield fluids from **** tier tankers, to hell with air brake testing if it didn't beep or boop you're good to go and a pretrip was a quick "okay got all my tires... lights are ok I guess, signal lights are busted but whatever they just need to see the brake lights, darn the right brake light is out..... ah well we gotta get moving. Oh!!! Can't forget the putter-outter!!! (Fire extinguisher)

I got laid off and now i want to work for a legitimate company like Schnieder but wait! They want to teach me how to skip gears when downshifting to a stop? How do you even double clutch anymore? What the heck is HOS i never used that before. Omg whats trip planning?!?!? Leave me alone! I need another mom and pop company!!!!

Listen. Dont be like me. Work for a safe company and utilize all your skills. Because if you dont use it, you lose it.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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Good advice and know that you're not alone. I've heard many of the other oil field drivers say the same thing - great money but it's a whole different world.

Auggie69's Comment
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Hello everyone, I attended a 7.5 week college course to get my cdl license and my classmates mostly went OTR but me? No.I wanted local and hourly pay. I laughed at 30cpm. What a bunch of fools.

I moved back home to TX and drove for the oilfields. That's when it all went south. Nobody cares. It was all about the money. And I made A LOT of money. Thousands and thousands of dollars. I didn't even know what to do with it all.

The training left my head because the other drivers taught me their ways. Coasting to a stop, 24 hour plus shifts, driving with busted lights, torn seat belts, battered tires, leaking toxic oilfield fluids from **** tier tankers, to hell with air brake testing if it didn't beep or boop you're good to go and a pretrip was a quick "okay got all my tires... lights are ok I guess, signal lights are busted but whatever they just need to see the brake lights, darn the right brake light is out..... ah well we gotta get moving. Oh!!! Can't forget the putter-outter!!! (Fire extinguisher)

I got laid off and now i want to work for a legitimate company like Schnieder but wait! They want to teach me how to skip gears when downshifting to a stop? How do you even double clutch anymore? What the heck is HOS i never used that before. Omg whats trip planning?!?!? Leave me alone! I need another mom and pop company!!!!

Listen. Dont be like me. Work for a safe company and utilize all your skills. Because if you dont use it, you lose it.

So who prevented you from logging or doing proper inspections?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Lawrence H.'s Comment
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All you need is bailing wire and duct tape. Oh yeah and one 5/8 bolt to lock the engine fan on in case the sender or fan clutch goes out.

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