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  • Writer's pictureRicha Shetty

What is a Truck Stop? Everything You Need to Know

A truck stop, also known as a service station in the United Kingdom(UK), and a travel center by major chains in the United States, is a commercial facility that provides refueling, rest (parking), and often ready-made food and other services to motorists and truck drivers.

When we deal with truck stops on a regular basis, on a good day it can seem like there's an awful as a lot of inconsiderate drivers hanging around. On a bad day, every single one of them is out to do something aggravating, or dangerous, specifically to you.

What is a Truck Stop? Everything You Need to Know

Technology is playing a big role in modern truck stops as well. Some offer IdleAire, a high-tech parking lot hookup that powers up rigs and allows drivers to turn off their diesel engines and still enjoy the heat, air conditioning, electricity, high-speed Internet, and satellite TV. Read the Benefits of Autonomous Trucking in Fleet Management

How to Act/Behave Right at the Truck Stop:

  • Drive slow in the lot, know the traffic pattern, and park-like you have some sense.

  • Park your vehicle at actual parking spots. Back-in and pull-out, rather than nose-in and back-out.

  • Fuel islands are for fueling. Not 30-minute breaks. But you knew that. Right?

  • Don't knock on strange doors unless invited or in an emergency.

  • Inspect your vehicle before you leave. Each and Every time.

  • Don't fall for the scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it is, as always.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Be wary, and keep to well-lit areas, when possible.

Can We Sleep Safely at Truck Stops?:

When a hotel is not an option, truck stops are usually the best choice for an overnight stay. Many chains have food, showering facilities, laundry, and other amenities available. However, parking space is at a premium. In high-traffic areas, the limited number of truck parking spaces often fill by 6 -7 p.m. or sometimes even earlier. Keep these 11 things in Your Truck or Vehicle Which Will Help You During an Emergency or Break Down

More Safety Tips for Overnight Staying at Truck Stops:

There are a few additional steps you can take to keep yourself safe during a rest stop. Consider these options. Explore the meaning of Food Truck Insurance and What does it Cover?

  • Travel with a pet. Ask any driver with an animal companion, and they will likely have at least one about their pet warning them of trouble.

  • Carry a charged cell phone with you any time you leave your rig, even if you are only performing a routine check.

  • Avoid accessing ATMs when someone is loitering nearby.

  • Report suspicious activity to travel center employees. Any good truck stop chain is interested in keeping their customers safe.

  • Scan the area before you get out of your truck. If you see signs of suspicious activity, leave immediately. Contact the highway patrol if necessary. Don't miss the Check List for Fleet Maintenance & Effective Truck Maintenance Over Time

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