am I really a truck driver?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by msfern29, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. msfern29

    msfern29 Light Load Member

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    I found a transport job, hauling water in the oilfield. over all is good, pay isn't bad, home nightly. dispatch on weekends, and drive during the week. they hired me right out of school, bless their hearts for taking a chance on me.
    it seems when I try to talk to drivers in other fields (otr, dedicated type), I am not considered a real truck driver? does anyone know of boards or chat or something for oilfield transport drivers? vacuum truck and pressure truck type stuff? just looking for somewhere for support and feed back on questions.
    I'm very new to the trucking career, and the oilfield both. the guys I work with are great (most of them). just looking for where I might fit in.
    thx
     
  2. walstib

    walstib Darkstar

    You're a truck driver, change your status from student to reflect it!
     
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  3. bikegoon

    bikegoon Light Load Member

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    I wouldn't listen to em :biggrin_25511:
    You have your CDL. You drive a truck. I think the 'tude they are giving you is because you got a kickbutt, home nightly gig-fresh out of school.

    I say, great job to you!:yes2557:
     
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  4. KO1927

    KO1927 Medium Load Member

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    You drive a truck don't you?

    BINGO! Truck driver.

    Are you having better luck with that 13 speed?
     
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  5. Rerun8963

    Rerun8963 Road Train Member

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    well if you do the 'usual" things a driver does like, pre-trip and post trip inspections, maybe a log if you go over over the daily hours, and if your require a class A cdl, (or even a B), and if you require a DOT health card, and if you drink coffee of sodas, and if you look for a place to pee, then yeah, you're a truck driver...those others may just be jealous of you because you get paid pretty good, but yet do not have to work all the hours they do, for nearly the same pay (at times)...
     
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  6. msfern29

    msfern29 Light Load Member

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    is little better in all but one of the trucks. I got to drive an older peterbilt bobtail, it splits every gear, and that helped a lot! the one, I dunno, is like I cant get the timing right for it, to slow or two fast, I dont drive that one often enough I can get it figured out.
    I'm still having trouble with breaking and using the breaks. have so much conflicting info, and the advice I've got doesnt work at all. so I dunno. I"m down to now; just avoid as much traffic as possible, and trying to not use the breaks at all unless absolutely necessary. which is difficult and ridiculous, I"m a road hazard like this.
     
  7. UTurn55

    UTurn55 Light Load Member

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    I see that you got your CDL and job back in December. You are and have been a real truck driver. It only takes a minute to change your status as the other driver suggested. Click on User CP in the upper left corner, then under Your Profile click on Edit Profile and in the first box where your current status shows Student scroll down to 0-1. Then maybe instead of looking for another board, why not first try starting a thread aimed at any current or ex-oil field workers? Good luck.
     
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  8. msfern29

    msfern29 Light Load Member

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    I'll try again to post thread for current or past oilfield transport drivers, got no response few months ago except from a few other newbies.
    and I dont mean about status, I mean physically talking or messaging to others, they have no clue what my status on this site is.
     
  9. Flying Dutchman

    Flying Dutchman Road Train Member

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    You're a trucker....if your job requires driving a rig that requires a license, that's about it. What kind of trucker is the question that follows..
     
  10. ac120

    ac120 Road Train Member

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    I'll tell you, driver :yes2557:, that I don't know anything about oilfield operations, but I'd like to! Cheers and safe trip.
     
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