Tanker/Hazmat

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P O.'s Comment
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What is a good company to work for that has hazmat/tanker jobs. Otr preferebly. Any suggestions thanks.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

OTR:

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.

Banks's Comment
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What's your definition of good?

Bird-One's Comment
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I believe Schneider is all chemical. No food grade. Plenty of opportunities with them.

P O.'s Comment
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What's your definition of good?

Keeps you moving, consistent work.
PJ's Comment
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Some of that depends on where you live. The largest chemical haulers have all gone to shorter routes and less long haul, however some of that is still available in some parts of the country. I work for Quality Carriers and we are staying busy. Dana and Heniff are 2 other big players in chemicals. Schneider does have a tank division however their history has kinda been up and down. Again the part of the country you live depends alot on what is going on.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Schneider does have a tank division however their history has kinda been up and down.

PJ, I’m curious... please elaborate.

Pete B.'s Comment
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P O, I’m aware of only two carriers who offer tanker training to new drivers, Schneider and Prime. As previously stated, Schneider hauls liquid chemicals to include hazmat , while Prime hauls food-grade liquids. However, if you are a new driver, I do not recommend you begin your career pulling tankers. Driving a big truck is a challenge all on its own; pulling tankers increases the challenges of driving a big truck tenfold. I implore you to pull dry vans, reefers, or flatbeds for a year before considering tankers.

I’ll add that if you’re in Schneider’s tanker division, you’ll get paid the same whether you’re hauling Elmer’s School Glue or some really fun acid. Please, first learn the nuances of driving a big truck before considering tankers. Schneider has a wonderful dry van division with excellent training, and would make the transition from dry vans to tankers very easy for you.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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