D Is For Diesel

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Big T's Comment
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While the majority of our trucks use this wonderful energy producing liquid cmv's are not the only users.

Pick ups, straight trucks, dump trucks etc all use diesel.

Another kink is that not all gas stations have diesel. This creates a need to advertise when there is diesel offered at an exit.

Diesel being offered at an exit does not mean that exit is suitable for class 8 trucks.

Part of trip planning is knowing where you can take breaks along your route. If you know you need to stop every 150 miles then check what your options are before you start your day.

Hoping this will help some of the new drivers because it has been a struggle point on my truck lately.


Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards


Operating While Intoxicated

Rob T.'s Comment
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Excellent point Big T. I'm assuming you have a trainee on board, hopefully he/she will catch on. In your experience do most places that are not the major truck stop chains have signs stating "truck diesel" on the interstate? I've seen it a few times but don't need to fuel on the road so honestly I dont pay attention to it. I've seen it a few times where someone will pass the 3 truck stops on 35/80 to get where diesel is cheaper and end up unhooking their trailer and leaving it on a busy road (very unsafe!) To bobtail in to fuel up because they're on fumes.


"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.


Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

PackRat's Comment
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About the only additional wording I can remember seeing on the signs is--

"24 Hours"



Never saw a sign that stated "Class 7/8 vehicles."

Rob D.'s Comment
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Saw one today at the Kum and Go east of Springfield on 1-44

" Truck Diesel/ DEF"

Big T's Comment
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I just got done delivering up in the northeast and I have seen it posted that there was truck diesel/ truckstops at an exit.

The bigger point is if you're trip planning correctly then you don't have to play the guessing game. As big as we are guessing should not be part of the game.

Joseph I.'s Comment
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If I am in a new area I usually look for a place where they have the tall gas and diesel price signs you can see from a distance. I also wish they had a truck parking available or no truck parking signs at the exit.

Big T's Comment
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Although it's only as accurate as the users make it, I rely on trucker's path for knowing if there are spots open. However this morning I ended up stopping at a small marathon truck stop that wasn't on TP or in my truckstop guide. Thankfully I was reading the signs and it said truck plaza under the marathon logo.

If I am in a new area I usually look for a place where they have the tall gas and diesel price signs you can see from a distance. I also wish they had a truck parking available or no truck parking signs at the exit.


Operating While Intoxicated

Bruce K.'s Comment
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The company I drove for always had my fuel stops pre-planned. Maybe all companies don't do this. Only a couple of times did I have to find an alternative place to fuel.

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