Unexpected Trucker Discounts

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Arejay (RJ)'s Comment
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A work friend recently told me that if you show your CDL at the Service Plaza food locations on the Florida Turnpike, that they give you a trucker discount off your order. I don't recall what he said the discount was, like 10 or 20 percent or something like that. I haven't tried it yet, mostly because I seldom drive on the Turnpike to get anywhere, so I can't confirm if this is true or not.

Is anyone else aware of this unadvertised perk and have you tried it?

I'm curious if there are other Service Plazas outside of Florida that offer anything like this? Further, I'm curious if there are any other places of business that offer Trucker/CDL discounts that most truckers would otherwise not realize was a thing?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Sandman J's Comment
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The Port Fuel Center truck stop in Port Wentworth, GA, near the Savannah ports had a sign saying TWIC Tuesdays offering a certain discount.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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New York used to have the 10% discount right up until the disgraced former governor took office.

It never hurts to ask anywhere for a discount, so I usually ask. Retired military? Senior? AAA? CDL? NRA? USAA member? I get 10% discounts at several retail chains for being retired military.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
ID Mtn Gal's Comment
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I get more discounts for being a Senior or as an Air Force Veteran than I do for being a truck driver, but I do get discounts when I ask.

Laura

Pianoman's Comment
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Some hotels give discounts for cdl holders

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Arejay (RJ)'s Comment
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New York used to have the 10% discount right up until the disgraced former governor took office.

It never hurts to ask anywhere for a discount, so I usually ask. Retired military? Senior? AAA? CDL? NRA? USAA member? I get 10% discounts at several retail chains for being retired military.

I agree that it never hurts to ask if any discounts are available... but at the same time, I feel weird, like folks will give me side eye for appearing to be the frugal cheapskate that I am, LOL. I suppose I should try to set those feelings aside lest I not benefit from a discount that I may be entitled to but not taking advantage of due to not knowing about it.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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PSA for Active Duty, Veterans, and military Retirees.

Participating TA and Petro restaurants will be giving away *FREE!* meals on Independence Day 2023. One freebie per qualifying customer.

BK's Comment
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Several months ago I witnessed something going on at a Pilot. A guy with a safety vest on (I assume a driver) was in a discussion with a Pilot employee and a policeman. My guess was that he was caught shoplifting. So there’s that … the five finger discount.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Some of the mega carriers have discount contracts. At Prime we get discounts on hotels, rental cars, on line college, and some local restaurants near tge terminal.

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.

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