Fuel-island etiquette: What’s your biggest pet peeve?

| November 13, 2013

Gordon Alkire: That $10 wouldn’t benefit anyone waiting behind the disrespectful driver. But letters to the company would do a lot. Remember that truck stop’s are private property, and we are there by invitation. That invitation can be revoked anytime to anyone. I saw that happen to a driver. He was asked to pull up and he got mouthy and foul.

John Scott: It’s a lack of respect for other people and property. It’s the same drivers who park and sleep in no-parking areas and block the rest of us legally parked. Or the ones who leave pee bottles and garbage on the ground when a can is less than 10 feet away. 

Commenting as Johnny Dark: I have mentioned this problem to several folks working the fuel desk, and most of them look at me like I have two heads. But it is not the fault of the lady or gent working the fuel desk if the cafe is shorthanded. Call the truck stop office or the corporate office and tell them that while you know your single truck boycott of their place will probably never make a dent in sales, your constant bitching on the citizen’s band [among other venues] will make your life’s mission spreading the gospel about said fueling spot. I have been doing this a long time and one of the biggest problems we face in the world as a whole is that we give our feedback/opinion to the wrong people.

 

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  • Karen Moore

    You can’t fix stupid. Or selfish. Or inconsiderate. Or rude. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of stupid, selfish, inconsiderate and rude drivers out there. I think that’s why a lot of them become truck drivers; they can’t make it in an environment with other employees. And the good ol’ boys have all retired. The industry is in a bad place right now, and I doubt that it will be fixed anytime soon. After 13 years, only 6 weeks to go and I’m done with it!!!

  • Michelle

    I don’t mind a driver pulling up after fueling, running in to grab a drink, bite to eat, or even a short bathroom break. What pisses me off is the drivers who sit in the lane and eat their lunch or take their 30 minute break. Worse yet are those who cut their trucks off and go inside for a sit down meal, to take a shower, or do their laundry. Now that is just plain sorry in my book!

  • Kevin

    Not only pull the f%&$ forward, use some common sense. I also see a lot of people pulling forward at small places that you shouldn’t and block drivers who need to leave.

  • bill

    just wonder where you park at 0300 for your 30 min break. there is no parking anywhere, we run team.

  • Patrick Zook

    I have no prob with a driver pullin up and going in grabbing fast food n drink n leaving. A lot of times their is no parking, and just like me he is hungry and wants to grab n go. Last time I was attacked by an irate driver in a fuel island I Had been pulled up 5 minutes, he didn’t even get fuel, I popped him in his fat mouth, of course then Im wrong cause I was supposed to stand there and take a good tongue lashing by a fat stupid super trucker. I can take an ass whoopin and get over it, but not a bunch of whinning n threats.

  • Charlie

    Its the Lazy ,rude , people that are doing it!!! Much more offen since the companys are turning down the truck speed and the ridiculous law of the EOBR … They are to lazy to find a parking spot , or just pullforward so the next guy can start fueling. I myself have had many altercations with these people, I’m on a schedule also….just like they are. I also see it more these days from the younger drivers coming into this occupation… It isnt like it was 20 years ago, and to tell you the true I’m tired of all the bu–s–t as a owner / operator I’m ready to get out . Between the income drivers out there half can read , write … The FMCSA laws, the brokers who are raping us on the rates and the fuel cost it just isnt worth the headache anymore.And let us not forget are fine upstanding DOT/ revenew collectors

  • Joe Ammons

    it’s called planning ahead!

  • Barbara Gelston

    these drivers who leave the trucks on the fuel island while they go in and shower or eat (sit down and be served) should have their trucks towed at their own expense. it is not fair to the other drivers that need to fuel to have to wait for them

  • Mind Games

    I have popped many drivers taking a wizz on the fuel island! Some have even dumped their bottles of wizz on the islands too!
    As for the 30 minute break I don’t blame the guys for doing that the e-logs are very tedious and after a while they hurt people’s fingers and wrist!!!
    So if you want to file workman’s compensation their ya go! Have at it boys and girls!!! Get yo green paper!
    If office personnel can collect it for banging on computers all day so can you.

  • IMGLAD2BTRUCKING@AOL.COM

    SOME OF THESE COMPLAINTS ARE VALID, BUT I HAD TWO INSTANCES RECENTLY WHERE THE OTHER TRUCKERS WERE JUST VERY IMPATIENT AND STUPID, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD. THE FIRST WAS A TANKER DRIVER WHO WAS BEHIND ME AFTER I HAD FUELED AND PULLED UP TO GO INSIDE TO PAY. THERE WAS A DELAY INSIDE AT THE DESK AND WHEN I CAME BACK TO MY TRUCK TO LEAVE, MY AIR PRESSURE HAD DROPPED DUE TO A LEAK. I HAD TO SIT THERE AND IDLE TO BUILD UP PRESSURE AND THE GUY BEHIND ME WENT BALLISTIC. HE GOT OUT OF HIS TRUCK AND I GOT OUT OF MINE TO TRY AND TELL HIM WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH MY TRUCK AND HE DIDN’T WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING I WAS TRYING TO SAY. HE WENT RUNNING BACK TO HIS TRUCK AND CAME BACK WITH A HAMMER MOSTLY IN FEAR THAT I WAS GOING TO DO SOMETHING TO HIM. THAT WAS A SITUATION THAT WAS ABOUT TO GET VERY BAD, QUICKLY HAD HE NOT GOTTEN BACK IN HIS TRUCK LIKE HE HAD SOME SENSE. SO IT’S NOT ALWAYS A CASE OF ANOTHER DRIVER JUST HOLDING UP THE ISLE OR THE PUMP UNECESSARILY.
    IMGLAD2BTRUCKING@AOL.COM

  • mike

    It is always something. Plan to have a terrible day. When you have a good one, then gravy. Have a bad one, expected. Trucking for two years. Best job I ever had. O/O with own auth.

  • Mamamia

    Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot.

  • Mamamia

    Pulled into a Shell Hot Spot in SC two days ago; 8 islands, all occupied by empty trucks. 15 minutes, finally got an island-all the rest still had the same empty trucks, none fueling. There was a girl who appeared to be a YOUNG teen running the register. No drivers to be seen anywhere. I was fortunate to get my fuel and get out of there, and, you guessed it, ALL those empty trucks were still sitting there not fueling when I left. I would think a location with $3.39 diesel would want to keep those pumps running!

  • Steve

    The best I have seen was two drivers swapping trailers in front of the fuel island. They actually dropped and swapped and stood bsing so long I had no one behind me and backed out and left.

  • William McKelvie

    Not on the fuel island, moron.

  • Joseph Estrada

    Just get a couple of jugs of DEF and pour it in his/her fuel tanks.

  • Robert Clark

    I have been driving for almost 27 years, “parking” at the fuel islands has really been getting on my last nerve lately. Recently I pulled into a stop in SC to fuel, and there was a truck to my right, no one around, not fueling, nothing…. I fueled, parked, showered, got a cup of coffee. and then i see one of the most rude individuals in line in front of me, Yes you guessed it, this is the driver of the truck STILL PARKED on the fuel island. I walked out, took down the truck # and then called his company to lodge my complaint against this driver. He was blocking the island for over an hour. This was one of the BIG companies, so I can only hope they took my complaint serious and at least addressed it with him. So I suggest, at least make a call anytime this occurs and maybe, just maybe, it will actually change some of the selfish behavior of a few.

  • Dave R

    I don’t get mad. I just get sad.

  • USMC 69-75

    Not all Karen. It’s so evident of the rude, inconsiderate, lazy wannabes out there anymore, it is pathetic. Can’t give a flash of their trailer lights when they pass, or they blind you with their high beams, (to lazy to turn them off, or to stupid to figure out how) run around with bright fog lights on a clear night, take up to parking spaces, don’t know how to back up a truck…..the list is just endless. But what do you expect from a newbie being trained by an experienced driver of 6 months? Only 41 years and now just run local and enjoy the heck out of it, don’t worry about DOT, home very night, and weekends, making more money now than I did over the road!

  • USMC 69-75

    I saw 2 big red pete, portable parking lots at a pilot just south of J-ville several years ago, as I was pulling in, they were talking on the radio about getting a couple hours sleep…….while sitting at the fuel islands. I went in and informed the fuel attendant, she called the local wrecker company and police. I didn’t have the time to sit around and watch the show, but I bet it was hilarious!

  • Edna L. Leslie

    This is a really common problem among other vehicle owners. I guess, since it’s really been an annoying problem, it should then be addressed properly already. People in charge should now look into this matter seriously as this can cause traffic or any for of commotion.

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  • Anna

    I’ve witnessed drivers actually taking a whiz on the diesel island right there on the concrete. I hope that is representative of a small percentage of disgusting, or as Karen Moore said “stupid”, “selfish”, “inconsiderate” or “rude”, drivers out there but those types of unconscionable behaviors are happening more frequently.

  • Donald Demko

    At Eco Travel Plaza, Crossville, TN (exit 320 on I-40) we have an optional free fuel attendant (no tips) which speeds things up at the island and helps with those who want to bend the rules.