Tanker endorsement

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by Bdog, Nov 6, 2020.

  1. Bdog

    Bdog Road Train Member

    Nov 6, 2014
    I had to renew my license yesterday so I decided to add a tank endorsement. I did not read or study anything other than taking one free practice test online. Literally spent less than fifteen minutes preparing. The test was 20 questions and you had to get 16 right. I got 19 right. It was so easy it is kind of a joke and borderline scary. Yay me I have a tank endorsement now but I haven’t a clue what I would really need to know to pull one.

    The only reason I added it other than why not was I may need to haul some water around to wet down the ground at construction sites.
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  3. Badmon

    Badmon Medium Load Member

    Oct 6, 2014
    Deep south
    Drag one around and youll get how to shift with the surge. As long as the tank is baffled its not that bad just gotta be careful with speed and curves
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  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Get the tanker endorsement, then tanker companies take it from there with training.
    The endorsement test is meant to get you in the door for further training.
  5. Bdog

    Bdog Road Train Member

    Nov 6, 2014
    The problem with that is I don’t drive for anyone. I own my own truck and mainly just haul my own things around.
  6. Just passing by

    Just passing by Road Train Member

    Feb 25, 2017
    No one on their right mind would pull something they're not trained for without getting the appropriate training first. Your call to make.
  7. tommymonza

    tommymonza Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2013
    S.W. Florida
    My tanker training consisted of a 15 minute drive to downtown Grand Rapids to put me through my paces through the famous S-Curve.

    Than a quick short exit ramp and up a 12 percent grade to catch a stoplight at the middle apex of the hill.

    Than a left turn onto Chicago drive to climb up that hill while dealing with heavy traffic.

    Meanwhile my company instructor is telling me a hilarious story from his old Florida Living days.

    Baptism by Fire.

    Not only was it my first tank it was my first loaded trailer ever being I was fresh out of school

    Instructor brought me back to the office and told the boss my shifts suck but I have the general idea and to set me up on local deliveries for the next week
  8. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Florida Panhandle
    Any tanker company that does not throughly train their drivers for the different types of tanks they will be driving is setting themselves up for one helluva law suit.
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  9. Bdog

    Bdog Road Train Member

    Nov 6, 2014
    I didn’t receive any type of training to drive my truck in the first place. Read the manual in one night and took all the written tests the next morning. Rented a truck to take the driving test in. I had never even sat in one prior to the day I took the test. Passed it all first go round and bought a truck the week after I got my license. That was five years ago and no issues so far.
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  10. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    PBC, FL
    I didn't receive any tanker training either. I used YouTube to figure out how to make sure top hatch and rear port were open or secure.

    To be fair we are a no touch operation, but I have had some customers say that they are not allowed to climb on the tank so I had to open/close the top.
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  11. Bobblehead

    Bobblehead Light Load Member

    Aug 17, 2020
    I just added mine like a month ago. Started at Indian River this week and my training consisted of a 15 min drive around town. Got my first load today. I'll just say it's been interesting.
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