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Old 03-12-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Good evening everyone. After reading the Good Sam topic, I began to get interested in fuel costs. I was reading where using the truck lanes is more beneficial in getting in and out more smoothly. I did stop at a Pilot on my way home tonight and they informed me that I am allowed to use the truck lanes all I want, however, the price will be the same as the auto diesel prices if I don't have. D.O.T card. Went onto the Illinois Secretary of State website and the only D.O.T. Cards are medical cards. I was trying to obtain information as to how to get fuel prices down. Currently there is a $0.49 difference between our local gas stations and the Pilots with their diesel costs. A thoughts on how to get certification to get diesel prices down to their level?

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Old 03-12-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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Do not know the answer to your question but around here the pilot is .29 higher than other gas stations for diesel.
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I remember my dad saying something about this when they would head south for the winter. He said that he just showed the clerk his CDL and they gave his the discount, since he has kept CDL current after he retired. Probably not much help since most people don't have CDL's, but if you have a CDL you also will have a med card...
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:53 PM   #4
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Do not know the answer to your question but around here the pilot is .29 higher than other gas stations for diesel.
Calculating costs, our local Phillips 66 is selling diesel for $4.19/gallon while the Pilot has the truck diesel at 3.69/gallon. As a general rule their automotive diesel is about the same as ours.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:55 PM   #5
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I remember my dad saying something about this when they would head south for the winter. He said that he just showed the clerk his CDL and they gave his the discount, since he has kept CDL current after he retired. Probably not much help since most people don't have CDL's, but if you have a CDL you also will have a med card...
Yes, I have a feeling that CDL holders are the only ones that can benefit from the lower fuel prices. I am going to look into it further, though. Will keep you posted.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:01 PM   #6
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Yes, I have a feeling that CDL holders are the only ones that can benefit from the lower fuel prices. I am going to look into it further, though. Will keep you posted.
A cdl carrying driver must have a medical card unless he only drives within the state he carries his license in and doesn't cross a state line driving a commercial vehicle.

In iowa I've never seen an automotive diesel fuel vs big truck diesel fuel price being any different.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:07 PM   #7
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A cdl carrying driver must have a medical card unless he only drives within the state he carries his license in and doesn't cross a state line driving a commercial vehicle.

In iowa I've never seen an automotive diesel fuel vs big truck diesel fuel price being any different.
It is here in Indiana. Right now my DW and I are driving about 15 miles from home (and not to a pilot) to get a good fuel price. We are saving about 18-20 cents/gallon, but it is a drive for fuel. Just trying to com up with answers. Until i get some, this is going to drive me nuts. (Fortunately, that is nothing more than backing out of the driveway...lol)
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:14 PM   #8
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:26 PM   #9
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The pilots compared to our local stations are always less. On the road I look more for a quick in and out more so then a great price on diesel. If you have a pilot card from the Good Sam club you get a .06 discount per gallon. When traveling I always use my Good Sam Pilot card. Pilots work for me. Also some times the cheapest diesel is not the best diesel.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:52 AM   #10
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I am lucky to live in SE Texas. I filled up yesterday at a local Texaco station for $3.75 per gallon for diesel. The listed price at the station is $3.80 but if you pay cash or a Texaco Credit Card they take 5 cents off at the pump. I have a Flying J
very close to my small ranch, but the current price is $4.08, with my discount card
thru Good Sam you get 8 cents off. Thar is still way more then many local stations.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:20 PM   #11
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We also found diesel prices significantly lower at normal gas stations vs
truck stops on a recent Ky to FL trip.

Some discussion over at RV net on that and someone said there are
higher road taxes on Truck stop diesel.
This drives the diesel price difference between gas station diesel and truck
stop diesel.
Not all states have this but many do.
Plus the truck stops were charging even more if you used credit cards.
The gas stations charge the same price for cash or credit and with my
credit card I get 1.5% cash back. At current diesel prices that works
out to about 6˘ per gallon less on top of the the already lower gas
station diesel price. This is a significant price difference!

Since I've been driving a gasser for 8 years and filling up at gas stations
with my trailer in tow all along, it was a no brainer to do the same
with my diesel.
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if you have a CDL you also will have a med card...
wondering if a class 1 flight medical counts, hell I just might try, but their are few trucks stops around me and the ones I get fuel are the same as the others in price. just filled up today for 4.09 and if I traveled 15 miles out of my way I could of got it for 3.89 but no time...
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:30 PM   #13
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While traveling around the country we use our Flying J/Pilot loyalty card. But before we go, we check local station we our "Gasbuddy" iPhone app. Sometime it is less costly at local stations.
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The DOT card they are referring is your federal Department of Transportation motor carrier registration.

If you have a federal DOT number, you do not have to pay the state sales tax on fuel as you are not an "end user".

Of course at that point you then are a commercial carrier and need to fulfill all those obligations.
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Meanwhile in Death Valley... I took this photo last weekend.

I'm glad that I use diesel...
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Meanwhile in Death Valley... I took this photo last weekend.

I'm glad that I use diesel...
Been a long time since diesel fuel price at a service station was lower than corn...I mean gas!



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