CTL Transportation new hire experience 2016

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by I'm not a robot, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. GolfPro

    GolfPro Light Load Member

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    Thanks, Chinatown! Not sure if I can get hired doing tankers at this time, but I'll look. Really thinking about re-entering the driving world. Golf job not paying anything.
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    If you're careful and do some research, you can make great money driving and do some traveling at the same time. You can always get some more driving time experience then go back to tankers later if you want.
     
  4. GoldenLad

    GoldenLad Bobtail Member

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    How's it going robot? You struggling with this half-tank surge like I am?
     
  5. I'm not a robot

    I'm not a robot Light Load Member

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    Its going well. All the loads I've done so far have been atleast 90% full, so I can't say I've dealt with that. I've been doing regional last week. I've done loads to Brunswick, Madison GA, and Inman SC. I'll be going to North Augusta SC tommorow. My driver/terminal has been having difficulty finding an available OTR trainer for me. Currently there is only 1 OTR/system CTL driver out of Savannah........and he is not a trainer. So for the time being, I'll be stuck doing regional.

    Hows things going for you Lad? Is being out on the road everything you'd expect it to be? I can't wait to get out there myself. I've heard that system drivers haul mostly class 3 (flammable liquids) loads and get a central dispatch. That right there sounds incredible to me since I'll wont have to deal with Caustic Soda daily (Savannah's primary product) and, more importantly, not having to get in that god awful PPE.
     
  6. I'm not a robot

    I'm not a robot Light Load Member

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    Hey Golf! Yes I'm well of your experience here at CTL. You still are mentioned here at the terminal. Thankfully, my experience here is so far nowhere near how it was for you. Are you thinking about trucking again?
     
  7. GoldenLad

    GoldenLad Bobtail Member

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    Everything I've done so far has been class 3 flammable, except the load we deliver here in a couple hours, it's non hazmat. It's some sort of metalworking fluid emulsion stuff, but it's so heavy they could only fill up our trailer about 55%. I've really been struggling with controlling it. I cant wait to offload it.
    I don't mind the OTR too much so far. They put me in a motel every night so that's been nice. It is hard being gone from the kiddos though.
    Probably the only thing I really do not like so far, is all the tolls you have to pay. Going from PA to NJ, over to Chicago like we did last few days, I swear my trainer paid out of pocket at least $400 in tolls. Sure you keep the receipts and get reimbursed, but come on. CTL needs to get EZ Pass or something. I don't have that kind of cash to carry around.
     
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    I'm not a robot Light Load Member

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    $400?!! Holy ****! Excuse me, but that I wouldn't be able to afford that anytime soon. This was one of my biggest concerns going with this company. Thankfully, my driver manager will send a check to me that i can cash-in at a truck stop to cover business related costs like tolls. I just need to keep the receipts and give back the money I hadn't used.....or it comes out of my pay check.
    Non hazmat loads like liquid salt are the best, they unload in around 15-20min and no ppe suit. Oh did I mention i hate the ppe? The suit did save my lower body today from Caustic Soda as I opened the bleeder valve on my 3" to 2" adapter piece too much for a sec while trying to stop the slight dripping it had. (I made a noobie error of turning the valve the wrong way and too quickly while product was flowing through the hose) Lesson learned lol.
     
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    I'm not a robot Light Load Member

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    Well guys I just had my first blowout today. It was the passenger side, front, inside, trailer tire. Was going 65mph on I-95 N by mile marker 21 in South Carolina. We were fully loaded with Caustic, but I had everything under control. I wouldn't even had noticed if it weren't for the shotgun sound and seeing rubber hanging in the mirror. We called ctl breakdown and they brought a truck over and got us going again in a little over an hour. Currently battling the flooded streets of Charleston :p
     
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  10. GolfPro

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    I am thinking about trucking again. I went back to being a golf pro at Southbridge in Savannah and it doesn't pay very well at all. I was hoping to give some lessons to make some good money but that hasn't really materialized.

    I'm guessing I'm not mentioned at the terminal in a good way! In the end, I goofed up and it was all on me. For some reason, I really thought I was automatically going to be fired for the spill so I kept it from the company. I personally talked to the company president on the phone and he seemed like a good guy and we had a good conversation, but he deferred to Su's decision in safety down in Tampa. I don't know if CTL would ever give me another shot, but even if they did, I worry about the other drivers' reactions to me in Savannah.
     
  11. Mainah

    Mainah Light Load Member

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    You probably will never be hired by them again and even if they were to give you another shot, I wouldn't want to go back to them. You can do much better that CTL. If you want to pull tankers I would try Superior Carriers or a local gas hauling outfit. If you don't want to pull tanks anymore I would find a descent dry van company, drive for them for a year, and then try moving on to a better company like maybe Big G Express or whatever you can find.
     
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