I drove for about 10 years. A year and a half driving doubles doing dirt hauling and then around 8+ doing fuel. All of this time was spent in the SF bay area. I did 6-8 loads of fuel per day as well as ethanol and jet fuel.
Stopped driving in May of 2012, seven years ago after a car sideswiped me and caused nerve damage in my back.
Pain medication proved useless so I have been doing a desk gob since. Oddly enough the Keto diet has reduced the inflammation to the point a good driving gob is realistic again.
- After seven years is a refresher course necessary?
- I stayed local before. Will this be a hindrance in getting hired with a OTR company?
- I no longer have any ties to where I am now at. Relocating or living in the truck are both an option.
- Oil field or OTR. What pays more?
A person can get used to anything if they have a goal in mind. My main thing now is money so I can buy land and a house. With these things in mind where would you go to meet this goal?
- What oil field would you recommend and why?
- I have a chance to get on with a OTR company paying .55¢ a mile. With 2019 equipment. Good deal?
- I should receive my new DL by the end of May.
- Should I get my Hazmat and TWIC back?
Going to start driving again, do I need a refresher course?
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You look at the Dakotas or Wyoming Oil Fields, I have a thinking that there you have that oil If that is what you want.
If inflammation is your true enemy (We are getting ready to see about adding steriods to my body after I discovered that a OTC medicine that has some is helping in some good ways off label for me) then it is good you are off Pain management. I am pain management also just finally started a new medicine this past month that is strictly a body pain killer, leaving my mind clear. I don't know if I want to put the liver through that morphine all the time just yet long term. It's a good medicine. But not something the doctors are willing to give out because at my weight the doses come up to just over 50 MME daily limit per CDC and Arkansas. They will be getting a letter challenging this prescription this month but it will be ok. No worries.
Good luck to you.
Take a look at Keto. I took morphine and it only took the edge off and the side effects were bad. Keto and supplements like Turmeric did more for me than the pills or injections. I like Dr.Berg and Dr.Berry on youtube. Good luck.rabbiporkchop Thanks this.
Which OTR company offered you a job?
That oil field trucking probably exacerbate the back problems with rough roads and off road driving.
If you relocate, consider Texas or Nevada for the tax benefits and good weather.
Line haul companies pay really well; probably start out at around $70K then move up fast to $80K - $100K. May not be the best if you want to live in the truck though.
Line haul companies:
Old Dominion Freight Lines
If you decide to live in the truck; consider coast to coast reefer outfits.
Here's two, but there's plenty more.
Trucking Companies - Home - Schuster Trucking Company
Company Drivers | Drive FreymillerLast edited: Apr 23, 2019
I don't know of tanker outfits that hire with no recent experience, but, never know for sure until you apply. Sometimes they go all out for a driver that drove a few years ago.
Indian River Transport is a good one and they run OTR.
Indian River Transport Company
Last edited: Apr 23, 2019
- Indian River Transport runs a late model tractor fleet consisting of 600 Peterbilt tractors.
- All trucks are furnished with refrigerators and premier interior packages, over 70-inch sleepers.
- All tractors are assigned and are less than 36 months old.
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