Tanker Insurance

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Tanker Insurance

Heavy-duty vehicles like tanker trucks have different challenges and risks compared to other commercial vehicles. In fact, the operational costs associated with operating a tanker can be substantial.

Tankers tend to transport chemicals, oil, and other gases and liquids. Oftentimes these materials are flammable, hazardous, or expensive. Also, repairing or replacing parts in a tanker can be expensive and difficult.

This is where insurance comes into play. The best way to mitigate these risks is by properly insuring your tanker truck.

What’s considered a tanker?

A tanker is a type of truck made to haul various liquids and gases. They tend to be large, insulated, and pressurized.

Another name for a tanker is a tank truck or tanker truck.

You probably see them transporting gasoline to your local gas stations often.

Some industries that use tank trucks in their everyday operations are:

  • Water treatment facilities

  • Healthcare facilities

  • Food warehouses

  • Trading and distribution companies

Do you need a CDL to drive a tanker?

The short answer is yes, you’ll most likely need your CDL to operate a tanker truck. This is because their gross combination weight rating will typically be more than 26,001 pounds.

You’ll also need additional certifications to drive a tank truck, such as the hazmat and tanker endorsement.

What type of insurance do tankers need?

A combination of various coverages would be necessary if you want reliable and adequate protection from the numerous risks that exist. 

Here's a list of some of the common coverages you'll need for your tanker:

Auto Liability & Truckers General Liability

Collision & Comprehensive Coverage

Cargo Insurance

Pollution/Hazmat Coverage

How much does tanker insurance cost?

Many factors play into the cost of your tanker insurance. First, the insurance company will want to evaluate your business to determine the risk involved. Typically, the more risk involved the higher your rate will be.

Some factors that impact the cost of tanker insurance are:
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  • The type of cargo you haul
  • Your location
  • Accidents
  • Claims
  • Your hauling radius
  • Speeding tickets
  • DUIs
  • How many trucks you have
  • The year, make, and model of your trucks
  • The age and experience of your drivers