Tanker Position

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Richard M.'s Comment
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Hello guys. I am new in the platform, also in the trucking industry with about 3 months OTR reefer and dry van.

Is there a tanker/Hazmat company takes in a 3 months experience rookie? I would love to groom my experience through either of the two -tanker or Hazmat - preferably TANKER.

Have been searching here and there, but seems most companies require about 2 years experience.

Thank you


Hazardous Materials

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


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.

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.


A refrigerated trailer.

Old School's Comment
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Have you looked at Prime or Schneider? Both companies hire rookies into tanker positions.

What's your hurry? I don't usually recommend tanker jobs to new drivers. There's a lot you could be learning right now that would help you be a better tanker driver.

PJ's Comment
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Richard I understand wanting to broaden your horizons however at your experience level I highly recommend holding off on going tanker.

First of all your still learning to drive a truck. Second tankers are a complete different breed of trailer. If it is full of haz material even more of a different breed.

Third any reputable tanker company is going to require at least 1 yr driving experience or more.

I pulled chemical tankers for 5 yrs and enjoyed it, but that was with a few years driving experience under my belt. I have seen far too many tankers rolled over.

The tanker business will still be there once you get some more experience.


Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

BK's Comment
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Richard, I agree with the other comments advising caution with the tanker driving.

You have 3 months in. Just not enough experience for the very exacting job of pulling a tanker. I’m approaching 3 years experience 0TR and I would still hesitate to do it.

If you do decide to pursue it, do it with a company like was mentioned, Prime and Schneider. I can’t really speak to Prime, but I do know Schneider provides very thorough training if they will accept you. You will likely regret going with any company that doesn’t provide top notch training.

Maybe re-visit the idea when you have at least 1 year of safe driving in?

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