Superior Carriers, my experience.

Discussion in 'Discuss Your Favorite Trucking Company Here' started by patsy, Feb 22, 2019.

  1. VIDEODROME

    VIDEODROME Road Train Member

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    It sounds like this is usually home weekly and also being able to take your 10 at home if it's regularly out and back?

    Also, does that mean you don't wind up having to wait for a tank wash? It's done at the terminal while you rest up? Or they just have other empties you can grab and go?

    Do you deal with the surge much?

    Do many of their loads require putting on a Hazmat suit?

    I'm interested in the Creola, AL location and applied, but my work history is weird. I have Regional experience, but most of last year I tried out being a Yard Jockey. Being home every night was nice, but many companies seemed turned off by that and want either a recent grad or 1 year recent driving Regional or OTR.

    I'm pulling Vans again and I will concede that I do see the experience benefit of refreshing on pulling or backing a full size semi before trying something like Tanker. I was really spoiled by the yard truck being so short and making sharp turns.
     
  2. RussianBearTruckeR

    RussianBearTruckeR Light Load Member

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    I have Superior on my tanker list (aiming for Flatbed) getting my endorsements this week - Do Superior terminals have any amenities for the drivers (perks)/Showers? Sounds like good numbers you're getting:Transportation cost - stay safe...I'm looking near the Jacksonville, Fl terminal or area...They offer any OTR to rack up the miles+potential for more earnings?
     
  3. Full of Roads

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    I've never been to a Superior Terminal that did not have a shower, or showers. Not sure what you mean by perks though.

    The only Florida Terminal is in Lakeland. I have never been there, but I met a company driver based out of there. From what I remember... they work on twelve hour shifts, dedicated, running chemical / fertilizer from a plant to the port and back again.
     
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  4. Cat sdp

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    Any info on the superior web site about hired truck requirements (truck specs)......


    I can’t find anything.....
     
  5. Full of Roads

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    Most Superior terminals, not all, have a tank wash. I have not had to wait on our tank wash, yet. But there are some products or services that a terminal's tank wash may not cover. Food grade, latex, snot, etc. If you did need to wait at an outside tank wash Superior would pay you an hourly rate, while you wait.

    Surge depends on the product, how full the tank is, road surface etc. Highway driving = good, side streets and stop and go = more surge.

    Hazmat suits depends on product and the rules of the plant that you are loading/unloading or being loaded/unloaded at. Always follow plant rules because they do vary. When in doubt, wear the suit.

    Tankers are easier to maneuver than Vans, IMO.
     
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  6. Full of Roads

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    I'll try to remember to grab an IC (Owner Operator) brochure when I'm next at the terminal, and see if it has the requirements on it.
     
  7. SurfBaker

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    Thanks for the information, Patsy. I'm currently in school at Sage in Fort Pierce, FL & working towards a position with Superior. I have a question, for anyone really, what is a system driver? I was told that is where the driving positions are for new CDL drivers. I really appreciate all the information available here to someone just entering the industry. I feel that I have received legitimate information from drivers who are out there and working for these companies. I scoured the forums, did my research, compiled a list of companies with good reputations, and, if all goes well, I will be starting off with a great company while building a solid foundation in my new career. Much appreciated!
     
  8. patsy

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    A system driver runs the road. Seems like a lot of our SE terminal drivers are system, I'm guessing as there is not a lot of local/regional work in those areas. Superior is based in Oakbrook, IL, (Chicago suburb) and we have a lot of dedicated accounts in the area, so drivers in Markham, IL typically are not system drivers unless they request it. I've been local all week and home every night (well, every day, as the trip starts at 2200 hours). I typically run 2-4 trips a week. Usually out and back, with an occasional 2 night run, and I'm home for a reset or longer every weekend. Most drivers eventually end up visiting our terminal, as a lot of loads bring you through IL. I'll check with the guys in my training class and see how long they stay out and get back to you. I'm guessing they never become local in these areas. I've met guys in NC, SC, ME and they are all system drivers. They all seem happy.
     
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  9. SurfBaker

    SurfBaker Light Load Member

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    That sounds like a good gig for you Patsy, thanks for the info. I've applied for a couple of other big companies & they wouldn't even touch me because of where I live in Florida. I don't mind being out for extended runs, I'm coming from the maritime industry where my typical hitch was 120 days & usually somewhere overseas. I've heard really good things about Superior & being a system driver would be just fine with me. I'll be happy to get some good training & experience.
     
  10. patsy

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    Sounds like you can handle the road life. Sometimes I think it would be easier than running home every night, trying to get stuff done, sleep, and be back in 10-12 hrs. When I'm out for a run to NC, I stop in WV and walk to one of several restaurants, get a bite, relax, and then sleep.

    I worked in the scale house of a large chemical shipper prior and talked to a lot of drivers, interrogating them, lol, and my impression was Superior drivers seemed generally content. It was on my short list and it was a good move for me. On pace still to make over 78k my first year as a driver. So glad I went for the tanker life...and it's 95% easy work. Opening a dome, hooking up to a trailer, dropping a trailer. I've done one airoff since being released from training-the rest has been fairly easy, thankfully. Currently sitting at a customer waiting for them to free up room in their tank for almost 8 hours making hourly rate as I'm running local;). They do all the work here. I just back the truck up. Same at the shipper-they did all the work there. I'm six episodes into a new TV series and getting paid. Not a bad days work.
     
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