Need Advice On Starting My Career In Oil/Gas Driving

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Levi M.'s Comment
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Hey everybody! Im hoping I can get some tips from Pros. Im VERY seriously considering getting my CDL and Haz/Tank endorsements through an accredited school in Drumright OK. Im in my mid twenties and live in Cushing Ok ("Pipelines Crossroads of the world") and am wanting to become a Crude Oil driver/gauger that transports Crude Oil from leases to transport stations. I understand that most Crude Oil companies require some tanker experience before they allow you to haul Hazmat. And I've heard that the best way to get your foot in the door is to start off hauling water/sand for the first six months or year. Does anybody here know of any companies in my area that would be willing to give a greenhorn a chance in hauling Tanker right out of school that isn't OTR? Or what kind of experience would be best for somebody seeking that position?


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.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations


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.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I drove fuel tankers for 7 of my 11 years driving. This not a job for a newbie. Though you have the heart for it. It takes a special person to drive crude oil. It's very dense and very capable of Jack knifing if not treated with respect. Most companies that haul crude require at least 2 yrs. OTR. I'm not saying you won't get on with someone, but it might be difficult. Search for the ones do want you haul the sand and water. Once when I was in Oklahoma at a truck stop a trucker who was doing the sand and it paid real well, did off me a position. Of course I turned him down. But you're young enough they might take chance on you. Good luck



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.

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