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PackRat's Comment
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A lot of company terminals have fuel, so any time there, good idea to top off. Weight and company policy will dictate this. Truck stop parking is all about location and timing. Arrive after dark and possibly not have a space. Some geographic areas are always a pain to find parking no matter when you’re there. Most company terminals will have ample parking, although some will not have amenities.

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I very seldom have fueled at one of our company terminals. There is no advantage to me because I don't get any fuel points, which are money in the bank. Sometimes I pull in to fill up my windshield washer and turn signal fluid, though.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Well, when I was at Millis, fueling at the terminal played a large part each month in staying eligible for the fuel bonus $$$.

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.

Matthew W.'s Comment
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About your shower credit concern, if you fuel 1k gallons in a month at pilot they give you shower power for the current and next month. This means free showers any time you want them. Something to consider for your shower needs. Although as previously mentioned for live load/unloads you'll wan to stage as close to customer as possible to try and not start your clock until they are done.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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If the Coca Cola account is really that good, I will have to jump on it before it's not available anymore.

If the Coca Cola account was that good they wouldn't be offering it to students still in school. You'd better find out more about that account from some drivers who are on it before you take it. I don't know anything about it, but it may entail doing quite a bit of manual labor yourself.

Jim S.'s Comment
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About your shower credit concern, if you fuel 1k gallons in a month at pilot they give you shower power for the current and next month. This means free showers any time you want them. Something to consider for your shower needs. Although as previously mentioned for live load/unloads you'll wan to stage as close to customer as possible to try and not start your clock until they are done.

That's definitely a consideration. Do you move your truck a very short distance, very slowly off the clock. Seems like a gray area, and also dependent on company policy.

Jim S.'s Comment
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If the Coca Cola account is really that good, I will have to jump on it before it's not available anymore.

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If the Coca Cola account was that good they wouldn't be offering it to students still in school. You'd better find out more about that account from some drivers who are on it before you take it. I don't know anything about it, but it may entail doing quite a bit of manual labor yourself.

That's is what I was thinking. And, they would have filled it by now. It just sounds too good to be true. That is why I am asking.

Matthew W.'s Comment
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About your shower credit concern, if you fuel 1k gallons in a month at pilot they give you shower power for the current and next month. This means free showers any time you want them. Something to consider for your shower needs. Although as previously mentioned for live load/unloads you'll wan to stage as close to customer as possible to try and not start your clock until they are done.

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That's definitely a consideration. Do you move your truck a very short distance, very slowly off the clock. Seems like a gray area, and also dependent on company policy.

You can move a short distance without starting your clock, you use this to dock without starting your clock. After getting loaded/unloaded then you do your pretrip and roll to your next appointment. You're first year is all about refining your training, including clock management. For instance I will do my pretrip in the fuel Isles while fueling.

Jim S.'s Comment
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If the Coca Cola account is really that good, I will have to jump on it before it's not available anymore.

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If the Coca Cola account was that good they wouldn't be offering it to students still in school. You'd better find out more about that account from some drivers who are on it before you take it. I don't know anything about it, but it may entail doing quite a bit of manual labor yourself.

The recruiter said d&h, regional , CA, AZ, NV, home weekly. Sounds too good to be true.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

PackRat's Comment
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As Brett pointed out earlier, make sure you know all the details and read all the fine print before you sign on the dotted line.

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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