Who’s Cards To Use While On Trainers Truck?

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Bob M.'s Comment
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I’m going out with my trainer in a few days. I sent an email asked several questions and I’m ok with all the answers except one and that was to the question, “How are we going to handle the reward card situation at the truck stops?” His response was, “We will use mine except for the last couple days and then you will use yours to get some shower credits.” My classmates have already been driving awhile and their trainers told them different things. So I replied to that with “I assume you will be taking care of my showers then. I completely understand that you need to get points too since I will be doing the vast majority of the driving. My counter suggestion is to change that number from the last 1-2 days to 6-7. It’s not just shower credits it’s points.” Am I out of line?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hello Bob. Yes, you are out of line, and it isn't your fault because you dont know.

At my company, many trainers are lease ops and pay for their own fuel. So they paid for those points and showers. Using the team shower credits is one thing... but you asking for points is another. For you to insist on the points, despite being offered some is a little obnoxious, and the response will be "Fine, you pay the $450 fuel bill and you can keep the $5 in points." sounds like a fair trade huh?

At Prime, even as a company trainer i was not required to give the students points. I did so they had "shower power" and points when they went solo. However, students often quit too. One quit and left with $200 in reward points i allowed her to have. Does that sound right? And if we had to stop and shower in a place where i dont have a shower credit, it is not my obligation to pay for your needs. Trainers all sort of do their own thing realizing students are broke at first. that doesnt make it obligatory.

Another thing to understand is that the trainer is in control. This is not a negotiation. If a student wanted to haggle with me from day 1, i would be leary to take him. what else is he going to demand while living on MY truck?

Bring money with you. Graciously accept any perks offered and dont demand anything other than proper training.


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Old School's Comment
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Am I out of line?


You're the trainee. You've got way more things to concern yourself with than points on your cards. You've got a whole career ahead of you to earn those silly points with. The absolute worst way you can start this career is to be confrontational. Let it go.

Your trainer will get a "team shower" when you guys take showers. That way you get to scrub each others backs. smile.gif

Just kidding Bob! But seriously, don't worry about those stupid points. You can be concerned about that stuff if you make it to the point of going solo.

Your trainer will get a "team shower" which gets each of you an individual shower room. The shower credits deducted are the same for team showers as for a single shower.

Focus on learning to be a driver, not a collector of points and credits. That should be the absolute last thing on your mind.


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Bob M.'s Comment
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Thanks for setting me straight on that. Just one of many stupid things I will undoubtably do.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Dont worry about credits and points focus on the learning. BUT...... Getting those cards for the first time you accumulate points much faster in the beginning plus bonus points and diamond status at loves for no apparent reason. They want to keep you as a customer so they throw alot of offers at you in the beginning. Its actually pretty cool your trainer will let you use your own for the last week or so. I miss those days of having endless shower credits, i seem to find myself fueling alot at Terminals lately.


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.


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Rubber Duck's Comment
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I got a team shower with my trainer.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Thanks for setting me straight on that. Just one of many stupid things I will undoubtably do.

Howdy! Now you realize that you goofed, send your trainer another note. State that you talked with some friends (we are your friens) and they made you realize that you were wrong and apologize!! Tell your trainer you are looking forward to learning from him.


PackRat's Comment
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While you are at home, get online for 5th he TA/Petro website and order your rewards card now.

This is the only major chain truck stop that mails you the card. All the others, you can get from a cashier: Love's, Pilot, Sapp Brothers, Casey's, Husky, Speedway, Sheetz, Kwik Trip.


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Brandon Kitts's Comment
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My company has a deal with Loves and we get 60 free showers a month. However it is his truck so his points. Believe you will get points fast once you start. If you run hard you will fuel every other day.

PackRat's Comment
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My company has a deal with Loves and we get 60 free showers a month.

60 a month?

Who has time to shower twice a day?

I get one tonight because it's Saturday, and a new month.



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