Fuel Island...THE RULES!!!!!

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Red Hot Mess, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. losttrucker

    losttrucker Road Train Member

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    I try, really I do. But don't blame me because some companies only allow drivers to get 50gals. here and there. I fuel, pull up, go inside, use the restroom(#1 of course cause you cant rush a #2), get my receipt and grab a 20oz drink. Sorry if it holds you up, but that's why I only fuel at the start or end of my day!
     
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  3. PackRatTDI

    PackRatTDI Licensed to Ill

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    I once had a driver get mad and go in to have me paged at the Van Horn Pilot because I guess I didn't pull up far enough for him (not sure why). I fueled, pulled forward to the line (he wasn't behind me at that point), went in, used the bathroom, got a drink, paid and was printing out my receipt at the kiosk when the page was made. I glanced at my receipt and it was my pump. As I got to my truck, I looked back, the guy gave me the "any day now" guesture. I shot him a dirty look and I left. I'm still not sure what his deal was.
     
  4. DirtyBob

    DirtyBob Road Train Member

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    You would hate running only at night. When the T/S is full, which they almost always are at night, there is no going to park to do stuff. Sometimes it is offset by less people being in the fuel island but not always. It's just something you have to deal with. Taking a shower or sitting down to eat is still a no no but I won't get mad at some guy trying to get a sub or whatever in the middle of the night.

    I always avoided any T/S with a McDonald's in it or next door to it. It's guaranteed that you will sit in the fuel island for a long time at those. They take forever, everyone wants to eat there, and they always screw up everyone's order so it's waiting forever again.
     
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  5. Injun

    Injun Road Train Member

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    A little patience. I often need to pee when I pull into a truck stop. If I can pull in and fuel right away, no problem. I can pull forward, opening the pump for the next person, then go. But if there's someone pulled forward and someone in the island, I'm not going to sit there doing the I-GOTTA-PEE-RIGHT-NOW dance. I'll go inside and go. Usually takes less than five minutes.

    Yes, I will buy a coffee, maybe lunch if the line isn't too long, and I am going to update my log book per DOT regulation so that when I pull out onto a public road, I will be legal. My log book takes 30 seconds because it's already updated to my last duty change before stopping to fuel or for a quick break.

    If you're in such a big hurry that my little ten minutes that is up just about the time you're climbing into your truck to move forward is going to make you late, you were already late to begin with. That's not my problem. Pitch a fit to me and I might find something in my sleeper that needs to be straightened out.

    If I see there are trucks waiting to fuel, I do not spend a lot of time overhauling my glass. If there is nobody behind me and there are open pumps, I might sit there eating a sandwich. However, as soon as someone pulls in behind me, I wrap it up and get moved.

    Waiting is part of trucking. Get used to it.
     
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  6. TruckerDragon

    TruckerDragon Heavy Load Member

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    I got IBS, If I gotta go. Ill pull through a Island, hit the break, lock the door, run in, do my thing, hop in, circle around to fuel if I gotta fuel and gone. I dont complain about scumbags that leave bags of crap (litterally feces) on the pavement, or pee bottles on the ground, or pee on the pavement.

    But I wont do it. sorry. Ill pull through, and up, run in, take care of what I gotta take care of, that I simply wont make if I gotta walk too far. And be on my way. 5m tops. Deal with it.
     
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  7. TheRoadWarrior

    TheRoadWarrior rocking-n-rollin again

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    Got a Solution.... Lanes 1 2 3 for oh crap im late on this load..... Lanes 4 5 6.. gotta pee or pinch a loaf then fuel..... lanes 7 8 9 ....fuel and food..... lane 10 fuel..food...eat food..go to bathroom...get more food...check fuel..refuel...eat food again..do log book..read map...take shower...get more fuel...piss off cat walk...go get drink....check time...re-do log book...scratch ### and push brakes and leave...
     
  8. Injun

    Injun Road Train Member

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    LMAO....An elegant solution if ever I saw one.:biggrin_25514:
     
  9. truckon

    truckon Swamp Thing

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    make sure you get it all on film for us, not everyday we get to see some white lady beating on some poor non English speaking driver, whos just trying to earn a living (not that you can earn a living driving a truck), oh yea, be sure and tell him he should really get a dot no. and that he needs a cdl to drive that rig ;)
     
  10. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

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    You know they would get the lanes messed up. They'd be standing under the sign saying, "I didn't know" or the typical "screw em", me me me.

    I've seen outside lanes open and drivers wait for the first couple pumps just so they didn't have to walk 100' further.

    Someone needs to come up with a drive thru for truckers. It would be a hit with the lazy crowd.
     
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  11. Red Hot Mess

    Red Hot Mess Hot Tub Critic

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    Sometimes I think I have an advantage when I say something because I'm a woman. But I don't care who I offend if they are in the wrong. Making them feel like crap in front of people is their punishment for not following the rules!
     
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