I just graduated from a CDL school with a very good reputation. Passed the state CDL test with an excellent score. Currently reviewing options on where I can go work, but I met with a company that hauls fuel today (Dixon Bros.). They seem to have a good reputation and are growing. Anybody worked for them or know anything about them?
Also, is hauling fuel a good first driving job? Everyone I've talked to who does it seems to like it and it pays better than a lot of other things. Another graduate from my school has been working there a couple months and is apparently doing well. I know that extreme attention to detail is required for that job, but it doesn't seem like it would be overly difficult after I got trained on the loading/unloading procedures. Curious what y'all think? Thanks in advance...
Fuel hauling for first trucking job?
Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by kds_5280, Sep 21, 2021.
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Chinatown Road Train Member
- Aug 28, 2011
If that's the type of trucking you want, then go for it.
More drivers would do the same, except it's a little difficult to find fuel hauling jobs for new cdl school grads in some parts of the country.
scott180 Road Train Member
- Dec 10, 2012
It would be a awesome. I enjoyed it till my back went out. There is a tanker forum with a lot of good info in it.
Just remember. Walk your hoses and check your address.
TNSquire Light Load Member
- Oct 13, 2016
Great gig if you can get it.
Money is excellent, hours kinda suck, but it's pretty easy money.... and you're home daily.
Put the right product into the right hole, triple check every connection, and verify your Veeder root with the stick.
lual Road Train Member
- Oct 22, 2020
I started hauling fuel back in early August, for the first time.
Also, it's my first tanker gig.
As indicated above--it's generally a good situation, if you can get it.
But...to be truthful, I'm glad I got a couple of years of OTR experience first, and then went on into fuel hauling.
I can see why many fuel hauling companies want drivers with some experience.
meechyaboy Heavy Load Member
- Oct 4, 2018
It’d be best to not jump into the fuel industry as a first gig as you’d have to learn how to operate the truck first. Meaning how to manuever, how to pretrip- post trip. How to make turns without taking out light poles. How to properly back up without having a panic attack. May even have to learn how to shift some gears… Add in tanker and thats another hurdle. Gotta slow way extra when taking turns as liquid has momentum, especially in winter months. Different pretrip on a tanker than a dry Van that you practiced on at school. Add the fuel industry which most fuel company trainers expect you to have some knowledge of the trucks and trailers. You’ll also be pulling a hazardous material every load. And you’ll need to know the city like the back of your hand cause there are non hazmat routes ( sometimes the gps is wrong and the officer doesn’t care) next time you fill up at a gas station find the lids. White is 87 and red is premium yellow is diesel and ask yourself can I put a trailer in here and how would I do it? And how would I get out. Are you afraid of confrontation because people are gonna do stupid stuff such as smoke a cigarette then try to walk near your coned off area and say they didn’t see it. Loading the truck and unloading the truck becomes easy.. almost too easy to the point where it’s easy to get complacent. But if you stay alert and treat each load with respect it’s a easy job.. it’s a lot to learn for somebody first starting in the industry. But it’s doable, if you do choose the fuel industry I wish you success
I drive tanker, milk tanker. Milk tends to not be explosive. That would bother me, knowing I'm pulling a bomb
meechyaboy and Chinatown Thank this.
Aren't milk tankers smooth bore? I would love to do milk or something like that but I don't know of any companies hauling milk or food products like it around Denver who would hire a new driver.Chinatown Thanks this.
- Nov 11, 2008
Heading toward winter. Heating fuel companies are getting geared up for the coming winter. If its anything like the local company here. They start you off with the thick stuff. Then as you get more experience will they give you a lighter oil that has more slosh to it.
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