My Pneumatic Tanker Job

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After today I will have survived 2 weeks solo. I know it's only been 2 weeks but so far I really enjoy this job and can see myself doing it for a long time. My first week pay was $750 gross and should only go up from there.

I moved up into a volvo d13 earlier this week. Might be a coincidence but I have found that I am able to get more done quicker with it over the 10 speed freight I was in. Also, the space in there is a suite compared to the freight haha.

Today I agreed to do a job that nobody else wants to do. One of our customers does something with sand all day once a year. We bobtail out and unload trailers all day for 9 hours and come back. Getting paid over 17 an hour for the day which includes drive time but I don't leave the yard until 1:30 pm and won't get home until like 6 am Saturday. But it's helps out my dispatcher and can help down the road when I need something.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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Amish

Sounds like your doing well....definitely, you scratch there backs, and they will remember that....I still read...well when you post lol..

Be Safe....

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Saturday 5/12, finished my 3rd week. We had to do another night of unloading sand near Philly on Thursday. Left the yard at 2 am to get there for 4:30 and unloaded 2 1/3 trailers in 9 hours which apparently was pretty good since my dispatcher was shocked. It was boring but I made around $250 for the day to sit around. This was a last minute thing for this company so it pushed orders back on my dispatcher. I ran a load today to help catch up and nothing wrong with a little extra money.

My second week i grossed $815 for 5 days of work. I did a lot this week so my check should be more for the 3rd week on my own. It may not be as much as an otr guy but I'm home on the weekend and every night with my family and that's what really matters to me.

Getting quicker with everything and starting to have a couple repeat customers so know the process already. The automatic truck has helped on time tremendously as well. Some days are long but I'd say I average around 50 hours a week.

Occasionally you will have a pick up time but there are no delivery times past when the customer opens. So as long as you do you load for the day you can start whenever you want. Helps big time if you had a long day before and need the extra sleep or have something going on in the morning you can run the afternoon instead. I like to run earlier, leave the yard between 4 and 5 am.

The shop guys here have been great. Every time I ask about something they are on it. I had a drive tire the other day that had started to separate tread, still drivable. I showed them just to make sure I'd be all set for the next day and was told it was ok. Came in the next morning to a brand new drive tire anyway. I also like that they inspect the trucks and tanks every 3 months top to bottom. Might not be the newest equipment but it's maintained really well.

Still loving the job, doesn't really feel like work and I'm making hundreds more then I was before with less stress. Hard to believe I know. Hear from my dispatcher once a day and he has let me choose which load I want to do the next day already. Helping him this week and showing him I can get the job done has gone a long way. He thanked me multiple times when I stopped in yesterday to fuel up heading back to the yard.

I try to update once a week but now my days are starting to get repetitive and the little time I have between work and sleep is spent with family. First really vaca in over a year coming up in a couple weeks so pumped about that, much needed.

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.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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