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Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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Swift will apparently reimburse you for showers and or parking if you don't abuse it. I've never submitted a shower receipt because I just found out about it. But they have reimbursed me for parking. I scan them with my bills with the trip, truck and driver number written on them. I Learned about it through a couple of fellow terminal rats. LOL!



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.


Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Steak Eater's Comment
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Are these Comdata cards (the employee account / debit card feature) mandatory for employees? My credit union reimburses ATM fees so I'd prefer to have my entire check deposited there instead of messing with a Comdata account.

I understand the company / fuel use of the card would be necessary.

Old School's Comment
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Steak Eater, you can have your pay handled how you want it. I have never used a Comdata card for my personal monies. My whole check gets deposited to my bank account. That way instead of Comdata managing how much money I have access to, my wife gets to control it!

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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Your first pay check or possibly even 2 may go on the comdata card until your direct deposit kicks in. They basically work just like atm/debit cards.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I don't put any of my pay on my fuel card either.. it goes to my bank account, but for a new driver, at West Side it may take a week or 2 for direct deposits to take effect so generally at the very least their orientation pay and maybe a day or two of their training pay shows up on their fuel card so they really have to know how to get their first paycheck or two. Obviously I won't ask for their pin but I'll show them exactly how to draw money off or use it like a debit card and turn my back while they enter their PIN etc. It's the only way I know how to make sure they actually understand it. I've had trainees who stated they understood how to do it after I went over it with them and they really jacked up their comdata account.

When a trainer takes home time, the trainee goes to a motel and West Side puts the cash on THEIR card for them to pay for their room. The trainer used to handle it, however if a trainee "disappeared" the trainer got stuck with the bill. Now it's up to the trainee because it's their cash advance that covers it and they are more responsible about turning in the receipts. I had a trainee mess up her comdata account when she didn't withdraw the $400 for her hotel correctly. She claimed she didn't get her money but it was no longer available on her card. I wasn't standing there when she did that, so now, for obvious reasons, I do the transaction while they watch me, then I turn my back for them to enter their PIN.

We aren't a mega or even what I consider a large company, with our 550 trucks, and we tend to do things like much smaller companies do.


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Steak Eater's Comment
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Got it. Thanks for taking the time to explain!

England !!!'s Comment
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Yeah to all of the above we talked about training yesterday and he pretty much said I'd be a reflection on his training so he'd set me up for success in this business . sure didn't feel like it goin through st Louis at 6.30 but he said he know I could do it I just needed to know I could . anyway its only been 4 days now but I love it so far and can't wait to learn something new every day . thanks y'all

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