How do you do it?

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  1. newkid916

    newkid916 Bobtail Member

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    So for some people they had other driving jobs before coming into the tanker world. For me I went to school and started hauling fuel right out of school. Im 5 years in and Im kind of bored with it like everyday its the same thing. Has anyone else been through this and how did you manage to get past it? Yeah the money is good but its not challenging me like it used too. Ive thought about trying flatbed or hauling equipment but the pay cut ill take makes me want to stay in fuel hauling.
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Cyrogenics probably pays more than fuel.
    @superpet39 knows about cyro hauling.
     
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    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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    I'm a reefer driver. But, number 1 reason I stay OTR is to help from things getting too routine. If I had a set route and set of stops, or only ran close to home like a local driver, I simply don't think I could handle the monotony. After alittle over 2 years as a driver, fighting monotony is an issue! This job has little intellectual challenge. Being OTR keeps things mixed up enough with enough diversity to manage the monotony, at least for me.
     
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    You think that is boring, once I moved 23 loads of gravel from one side of the pit to the other. Truck driving is repetitive by nature. I heard it said, , something exciting happens, followed by long periods of time where nothing happens. It's no different than most jobs. Dock work, manufacturing, male prostitute,:eek:, all have an element of repetition. THAT, my friend, can be the kiss of death. When things get too boring, that's when you may leave your guard down, because the last million times nothing happened, BAM, that's when it hits. Case in point. I knew of a guy hauled milk for like 17 generations, same thing, everyday. The company got a brand new tanker, put their most experienced driver on it, him, he got to the transfer station, starting talking to a coworker, forgot the hatch,,,and sucked 'er in. That had never happened to him and was so devastated, he quit.
     
  7. little cat 500

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    If you hate it now go OTR you will retire Real fast
     
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    out here in northern ca, the few fuel haulers I talk to are between $90-135k… so I think it’s about even….the thing is cryo is just so much cleaner…. I think we’re up to (4) former fuel haulers now with the new hires we have
     
  9. newkid916

    newkid916 Bobtail Member

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    Which company? Air poducts? Linde?
     
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    linde
     
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    I do fuels(aviation) and also chemicals. Breaks it up and makes things more interesting.
     
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