Start training hauling Loves fuel, any advice?

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  1. AtlantaTrucker

    AtlantaTrucker Bobtail Member

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    10-4 on that, luckily Georgias elevations are pretty consistent. You wouldn't think that see'n as 75 is one hilly piece of crap to drive on lol
     
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  3. moloko

    moloko Road Train Member

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    Oh yeah. Not too familiar with the terrain in Georgia. I'm out here in California, so we can be in San Francisco the first part of my shift, and the mountains in Yosemite by the end of my shift (that's a long day though...) But yeah, elevations aside, the warmer weather increases pressure in those capped up fittings. Haha, point it away from your face when opening up capped hoses. The last dude could have done a pump job and left the PTO running for days while he capped everything up. It's almost a deadly weapon at that point, first you take the projectile cap to the face, then you get sprayed with diesel which is definitely not fun.
     
  4. AtlantaTrucker

    AtlantaTrucker Bobtail Member

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    I've never hauled chemicals before, but I can imagine the fumes and getting it on you is a hazard. I'm sure I won't know how good I have it with the def, but I'm happy it's not necessarily hazmat.

    They seem like an excellent company to work for. Benefits are above average and i get the since that they really take care of their drivers.

    With that being said, the company makes you fully aware of how strict they are to their policy's. They do surveillances on you and at random "Action rides" which I believe they follow you for a set amount of time randomly.

    If you have any bad habits, you'll have to check them at the door. Me included.
     
  5. Exit310

    Exit310 Medium Load Member

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    I noticed today Gemni has an DEF driver position open in Atlanta, i`m going to apply today. Keep us informed on how its going.

    I have TWIC, TX endorsements, clean driving record,however i`m in my mid 50`s so i could be too old.
     
  6. AtlantaTrucker

    AtlantaTrucker Bobtail Member

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    Good luck driver
     
  7. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    Propane is slower than I thought it would be, considering that winter is supposed to be our busy season.
     
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  8. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

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    All good advice. However, using tools around Gasoline can be tricky. I wouldn't use a hammer or a screwdriver on a fitting for fear of causing a spark. Also a bucket is very good advice but it can not be plastic. Plastic may cause static electricity and a fire. I know there was big warnings back in the 90's not to use plastic buckets or filling a gas can while it was sitting in a truck bed liner.

    Drivers seam to forget that the petroleum business is a 24 hour 7 days a week job. If you can get weekends off and that what you like then consider yourself very lucky. I worked for a major oil company and it took me forever to get days and a day off on the weekend. Working nights takes some getting use to but if you like nights then there are some advantages. I liked the dollar per hour shift differential and no boss around. You can go at a stead pace when there's no traffic or truck traffic at the rack.

    One item that did not get mentioned and bites all of us at one time or another. That's COMPLACENCY. Be aware of that and stop and take a breather. A good company will not push you and I'm sure Love's will want you to go a steady pace. They will not want you to take forever but they do not want you to rush either. That's where you're routine comes in. Stick to it, don't let anyone push you.
     
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  9. tbdieseltrucking

    tbdieseltrucking Light Load Member

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    Mentioned routine in my post. Like @RockinChair said...screwdriver on the ears or a cap. Any hose that I capped, would have been oil or diesel last, so no risk of spark. I would be more concerned with the pressure inside. Point that cap away from you.
    As far as days, I started on days, but worked the weekend. Did that schedule for two years. Loved every minute of it. Come in, do your job, do it well, and go home. Like @GasHauler said, don't get pushed. With routine and experience, comes speed. Don't go fast now. It's not worth the spill or cross drop. Enjoy being a Tanker Yanker!!
     
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  10. Exit310

    Exit310 Medium Load Member

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    Well Gemni turned me down today and i have no one to blame but myself. I quit Gemni back in 2012, left on good terms, but the current DM said they have a policy @ Gemni now that once you quit you can not be rehired.
     
  11. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    Do you get a fuel discount when you fuel up? Oh and if you ever want to check your tanks to see how low they are don't use a cigarette lighter!
     
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