how do you become a fuel truck driver

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  1. george stanley

    george stanley Light Load Member

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    how to become a fuel tanker driver
     
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  3. george stanley

    george stanley Light Load Member

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    i would like to haul fuel in las vegas
     
  4. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Heavy Load Member

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    Get your haz-mat tanker endorsment. Get 2-5 years OTR experince. Maybe do a year with non haz-mat tanker. Apply to a fuel hauling company that either takes new tanker drivers or only requires a year of tanker experince.

    Some may let you with no tanker or hazmat experince but insurance will say yes or no.
     
  5. george stanley

    george stanley Light Load Member

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    i have my hazmat and tanker with 2 and a half years experience
     
  6. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Heavy Load Member

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    Then just go apply as a fuel hauler. There are companys who would snap you up in an instant. Hell some fuel companys are so in need of drivers they would put a blowup doll behind the wheel if it had a pulse and the minimum experince needed by their insurance
     
  7. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    There was a time, not too long ago, fuel haulers( suicide jockies) were the cream of the crop, best drivers ever, they had to be. Fuel haulers generally were old men that had years of experience on 2 lane roads and never had an incident. Fast forward to today, I'm not sure what causes our gas stations to run dry, they claim it's a shortage of drivers, but I don't think so. In all my time, there was NEVER a shortage of fuel haulers, and I think the tank farms are just empty. ( don't cause panic, blame it on the drivers,,,yeah, that will do) We're using it ( 337 MILLION gallons A DAY!) probably faster than we can produce it.
    Today, companies have no choice but to hire just about anyone that applies, and that can have dire consequences. Any taker requires special skills, but gas, by nature, needs the best of the best, and sorry, I just don't think new drivers have what it takes. Lose a load of FedEx boxes or axxwipe,, no biggie, but lose a load of gas,,,it's not something I wanted to do. I hauled 1 (one) load of gas in my life, and my hands were black from squeezing the steering wheel. Clearly it wasn't for me. Good luck.
     
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  8. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Heavy Load Member

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    Eh its not that bad i did crude and condensate for a while. Did a TON of H2S and have the acid burns to prove it. Honestly haz-mat tanker is just another job that takes a bit of awarness and getting into the habit of triple checking everything. God i miss hauling crude amd condensate in ND. It was a lot of fun and one of my better jobs.

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  9. HiramKingWilliams

    HiramKingWilliams Medium Load Member

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    Just start applying. Everyone is so short handed, I’m willing to bet you get a job pretty quick. Check into Love’s and Pilot.
     
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  10. cman87

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    Any insight into DEF haulers for Loves/PFJ? I'm assuming sleeper truck, but you'd probably have guaranteed parking and showers lol.
     
  11. george stanley

    george stanley Light Load Member

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    lol lol lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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