I’ve only been at this for five months, but so far I don’t mind the clerks who are pleasant people, I don’t mind the weather as I’ve worked up on the North Slope in its most extreme and... thus far... (knock on wood) customers haven’t bothered me.
What's avg gross a year fuel hauling?
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Update from January 2021: I’ve now been dropping fuel at stations for one year after training.
Since June I’ve slowed waaaay down on my steps to drop fuel at stations. Before I was constantly in “go-fast” mode; always trying to speed my steps up as I perfected my routine. This caused me to be mentally and physically exhausted at the end of each day.
Then in June I received my first demerit for a missed compartment, which I found during my post-trip, corrected myself AND on my own time.
So I said that’s it and I slowed way down like a sloth bear. Only then did this job become easier, but still nowhere near as easy as my 6 years experience being an oil field vac truck driver.
I'm guessing that when you drove a vac truck you never did much oil skimming or service work. I would have been real happy if all I ever did was haul PW and pull bottoms, but it seems like I always had to do service work.
I'm coming up on a year of gas hauling, so I'll share my experience some.
Fast gets you in trouble. Smooth makes you fast, without problems.
Solid routine, well organized truck and trailer, and calm mind are absolutely critical.
My buddy made me a hook tool so I rarely have to bend down to open or close lids and covers. It's 3 feet long, t handle at one end, 110 degree bend with screwdriver style tip 3 inches long at the other.
Pay is generally top shelf for company drivers, 25 to 30 an hour. I'm at the lower end of that, but I work days and weekends, and have schedule flexibility that I can't get elsewhere.
My dispatch are awesome. Good communication, they honestly give and take to balance things through the week.
For example, they'll send me on a crappy split run to podunk through hells gates, but follow it with a couple gravy loads to easy places to balance the table.
They often change my dispatch through the day, as demands change and priorities shift, which is fine with me.
They know I'll handle it without fuss, simply because I trust them to keep a level game for the week.
Occasionally, they'll ask me to run long for a day, but the next days they'll bring me in a little early to even up.
Side note, those days I run long, they don't fuss when I show up 30 minutes late.
My deliveries aren't on a time hack. I get there when I get there.
I don't deal much with customers, be they of any nationality.
I walk in, advise them I'm pulling a gas reading, then go drop my load.
Some are nicer than others, and will hook me up with a hot coffee (I bring my own cup) especially when it's crappy weather outside.
Only once have I had an issue with a customer at a delivery. Lady tried taking her frustrations of having delivery issues out on me.
Didn't help I was soaked to the underwear and socks, boots were soaked, and I was in a foul mood either.
She lit into me, venting that they were constantly out of fuel.
I politely informed her that, if they fixed their tank problems, we could better help them. Their tank covers were trashed, the vapor connections were letting water into the tanks, and they generally looked like they really didn't give a sheet about fuel quality. In front of a very busy front counter of customers. Fix your crap, and I'll do my part to keep you full.
Overall, I love my job and company.
I'm making around 83k, if my numbers hold through the end of the year.
I get calls weekly from other companies looking to poach me to their team.
There's a dozen fuel companies in the area, some are great, some suck, but the bulk are pretty solid.
Equipment is the big selling point.
Well kept and maintained tractors are easy to spot. Junk stands out like a sore thumb.
We're totally dot magnets if we look dirty, given what we're pulling.
Would I do it again? Absolutely.
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