How Often Do You Get Your Truck Washed?

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Code Red NV's Comment
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I see some sparkling clean machines out there.

And some that look like they've never been washed. Which one are you?

Also, how much does it cost for a truck wash? And, if you're a company driver, does your company pay for it?

Tractor Man's Comment
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We learned in Orientation that Swift will pay for 1 wash per month. Also, they have some "Special" accounts that specify in their contracts that trucks must be washed to enter their property and haul their loads. I don't know how much a wash is but I would guess 20-30 bucks for an "economy wash". Someone will chime in on that soon.

murderspolywog's Comment
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Not a company driver so i pay for my own washes there is a shop down the road from me that will wash my truck and wax for 45. I have it done about once a month depends were I am driving I always have it washed when I come out of running the north east doing the winter time might even have it done out there to wash all the grime off. If I have to spend some time out there. I know Swift had places to wash your truck at some terminals.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Mr. T's Comment
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I see some sparkling clean machines out there.

And some that look like they've never been washed. Which one are you?

Also, how much does it cost for a truck wash? And, if you're a company driver, does your company pay for it?

Are you still with Schneider National?

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I can get one free truck wash a month but I have to go to the terminal to do it.

I've been to the terminal twice now, both times at night so I haven't bothered.

Rain makes a perfectly good substitute!

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Steve C.'s Comment
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When I was with TMC Transportation they would pay for one truck wash a week, they required you got it washed at least every other week. They would pay for it from a list of approved truck washes.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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When I was with TMC they would pay for one truck wash a week, they required you got it washed at least every other week. They would pay for it from a list of approved truck washes.

I've always heard TMC were real sticklers on clean trucks, both inside and out. But they sure do look good!

Anchorman's Comment
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I see some sparkling clean machines out there.

And some that look like they've never been washed. Which one are you?

Also, how much does it cost for a truck wash? And, if you're a company driver, does your company pay for it?

Many larger companies have national accounts set up with places such as Blue Beacon. If you are a company driver you pay nothing and the frequency would be based on that specific companys allotment in their policy. Each one is a different time period between washes. Some companies also have truck wash bays at some of their terminals.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Brian M.'s Comment
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Prime likes you to wash the truck 1 time a week. Whether you are company or lease.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Every week. I also wax it as well, it helps with getting the dead bugs off much easier plus is good for the paint. People tend to forget that a dirty truck affects aerodynamics and in turn fuel economy so there's another reason to keep it clean, along with it keeping you off the radar with DOT.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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