Soon To Be Rookie Tanker Driver!

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Forever 919 at Heart's Comment
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So...I will try to keep this brief, Ive had my CDL A for almost 3 years but straight out of school I landed a job driving a front loader garbage truck and today I put in my notice to leave. I will be going with Schneider into their tanker line. I went and got the tanker endorsement yesterday. Im supposed to start orientation in 2 weeks, of course I am having to do a refresher and then training with a trainer for another couple weeks. I come from a family of truckers, my mother has been driving since I was a child also her 2 brothers drive, so im second generation. I love being alone and my mental "safe space" is behind the wheel of a truck so I feel I may be ok with going out there. This will be my first time going out OTR.....ANYTHING helps lol

Any advice, any other tanker women(i never see that, i see flatbed women drivers but no tankers) and things I need to bring for the first time out on the training as far as clothes, boots, etc. Thanks!


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I'm sorry I'm just now seeing this. I generally don't come into this forum as I stay in the general group.

I have my tanker, doubles and triples endorsement and TWIC card. I could drive milk tankers around here in Idaho, but I have no desire to do that. Idaho has a high number of accidents due to the many different ethnic people that really don't know how to drive...I can see milk pushing me into an intersection :-P Plus at 69, I don't need to be heaving hoses. So I drive a reefer for a company that mainly stays in the Midwest and West. Although they got a new account and this Wednesday I will be picking up a load of cheese and going to Greensboro NC. I know a lady that drives a tanker and have seen a couple out there.

It is fall up north, even with warmer temps still and actually my brothers in Illinois were complaining of the cool temps, so it's beginning to get there. You will want to bring a winter coat, thermal long John's, couple ski caps, winter gloves and socks. I would look for lined boots because you may have to be out there chaining up to get out of a bad spot. Wyoming was shut down for several days due to snow.

Once you get your own truck, you can carry a lot of stuff.

Good luck!



Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.


A refrigerated trailer.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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