Everyone wants to make more money in their profession and truck drivers can accomplish that with CDL endorsements. It will require extra training, but the effort is well worth the time with the potential money to be made. They provide truck drivers with greater experience and more potential jobs.
A professional truck driver with a CDL can transport ordinary freight. However, there are certain types of freight and specialized material that requires a higher level of knowledge and experience. They require specialized CDL endorsements and some types of cargo may fall into more than one category.
This is often referred to as a tanker endorsement. Truck drivers with a Class A and Class B CDL are allowed to operate vehicles with a permanent or temporary tank attached. Tankers are typically used to transport liquid freight including milk, water, juice, alcohol, chemicals, or gas. However, tankers are also used to haul some types of dry loads such as grain, flour, cement or sand, and plastic pellets.
As the “H” implies, the endorsement is for hazardous materials and is often called a HazMat endorsement. Hazardous materials run the gamut from gas and oil to chemicals. It also encompasses materials that are corrosive, poisonous, explosive, or flammable. The endorsement can be obtained by those holding a Class A, B or C CDL.
This is a combination endorsement that allows drivers to transport tankers and haul HazMat materials. It’s important to note that even though a driver has the ability to haul hazardous materials, they only do so if they want to. Drivers must have a Class A or Class B CDL.
Often called the “doubles and triples endorsement,” it allows drivers with a Class A CDL to haul more than one trailer at the same time. It’s important to know that some states prohibit the hauling of more than a single trailer at a time.
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