Some Thoughts From A New Tanker Driver

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Ben's Comment
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Hi there Everyone!

How are we all doing? Well I have crossed the first 5,000 miles pulling tanker for Bynum, and my first thoughts are these.....I haven’t gotten called to roll over the scale so far. The people I have come across at the shipper , and receivers seem pretty nice. My paychecks seem to be very respectable. The company has 250 trucks, and I think maybe just as many trailers if not more? I’m not sure on this factoid. IT is nice getting paid to sit. this past week I got to Gary,IN on Monday when I wasn’t suppose to be there until Tuesday, and I sat from 11am on Monday until Wednesday morning. Made $300 for doin that to. Other Bynum drivers seem to be very nice, and willing to jump in if I have a question. Dispatchers seem to be happy with me so far. company seems willing to let me mount a 50w dual band radio in the truck.

It looks like the best I can tell they buy 50 new trailers a year there some polar tanks in the fleet to my surprise. Truck seems nice for a 2017 Peterbilt 579 10 speed. The company gets rid of the trucks when they hit 400,000 miles.

More thoughts to come as I got along

Take care & tail winds,



The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.


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.
JakeBreak's Comment
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Do you pull hazmat? Whats thier cpm like? What amenities do they have in trucks?


Hazardous Materials

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


Cents Per Mile

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

PJ's Comment
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Good update Ben, glad to hear you are liking it. Change is always scary, but sometimes worth it!! Congrats...

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