What Is It Like Pulling Chemical Tankers?

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Peter L.'s Comment
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Driving a tank takes more skill than driving a normal truck and transporting chemicals typically involves being exposed to hazardous materials so it makes sense that the more risk you take on in the job or the more skills required to perform the job, the more you would be paid.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Driving a tank takes more skill than driving a normal truck and transporting chemicals typically involves being exposed to hazardous materials so it makes sense that the more risk you take on in the job or the more skills required to perform the job, the more you would be paid.

True, very true. Yet, what IS a 'normal truck?' Dry van , perhaps???

Who do YOU haul for? Chemicals then, I'd presume??

PJ is our resident moderator / tanker'yanker here on TT ... and I used to pull asphalt with the hubby, which was Hot, but Non HazMat (ours, anyway!)

Thanks for chiming in; let us know more aboutcha~!!!

~ Anne ~

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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.
PJ's Comment
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Anne there are a few of us on here. The chemicals are not a problem when they stay where they are designed to be.

Tankers in my opinion are a thinking drivers gig. You must always be thinking about what you are doing to ensure you don’t make a mistake. Not difficult, just paying close attention. Both in handling the chemicals and driving.

I enjoy it. Alot of times we do nothing in the handling, other times we unload the stuff. I have found me a niche so I rarely pull hazmat anymore. The bulk of my loads are hauling paper additives for one customer which has turned out very well for me. Backhauls can be a mixed bag though.

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

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