Want to know how to stay safe at a truck stop?
For truckers, the sight of a truck stop can give a feeling of relief. Truck stops provide an opportunity to refuel, take a shower, get some rest, enjoy a nutritious meal, stretch their legs or even exercise.
Truck stops, however, can be dangerous for truckers, from the potential for damage to your truck to the risk of crime.
Many of the problems truckers face at truck stops stem from a lack of parking. 98% of truckers report having difficulty with finding a parking spot at truck stops. This truck parking shortage can create dangers for truckers as well as their trucks.
We have you covered with a comprehensive guide to help you stay safe at truck stops. Read on to learn truck stop safety tricks and tips to decrease your chances of sustaining damage to your truck or of injuring yourself.
Your truck can sustain damage anywhere, but truck stops, where the traffic volume is high and drivers are in a hurry, can be hot spots for collisions.
Semi-trucks are huge, so it is hard to believe that other drivers would not see them, but it does happen. So why are truck stops so prone to semi-truck collisions?
There are several reasons why your truck might get damaged at a truck stop.
Your insurance can help minimize your financial liability in the event that your truck takes damage at a truck stop, but you may still suffer financial losses. You may have to pay an insurance deductible, and the downtime, while you wait for your truck to be repaired, can hurt your bottom line.
Your best option is to do everything within your power to decrease the chances of getting into an accident. Accidents are always a risk, but read on for truck stop tips to help you minimize the risk.
You want to protect your truck to limit your own financial responsibility as an owner-operator or protect your reputation with your carrier if you drive for one. With a few small changes, you can decrease your risk of damage to your truck. After all, your truck is your livelihood, and you want to protect it. These tips can help!
Truck stops do not just pose challenges for your truck. Your personal safety as well as the security of your cargo are at risk.
Although cargo theft can happen anywhere, the cities with the highest rates of cargo theft include Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, and Southern California. It is best to proceed as though cargo theft is a possibility regardless of where you are stopping.
In addition to robberies, truck stops can be the sites of violent crimes like rapes, assaults, or even murders, and unfortunately, truckers can be victims of these crimes.
The first legislative push to increase the number of parking spots was called Jason’s Law, part of the Highway Restoration Bill in 2012.
Jason Rivenburg was hauling a load in 2009, and he parked at an abandoned gas station when he was ahead of schedule and unable to go to the delivery site early. There were no nearby rest stops or truck stops, so he parked where he could. He was murdered and robbed at the gas station.
He left behind a wife and three children. His widow worked tirelessly to help pass legislation that aims to fix the problem with the shortage of truck parking spots. Jason’s Law requires states to survey periodically how much parking is available to truckers, and the current pushes for more parking can be traced back to this law.
Until the shortage of truck parking spots is adequately addressed, keep these tips in mind to keep you and your cargo safe.
Freight transportation is expected to grow significantly over the next few decades, so the problem could get even worse. Fortunately, there is growing public awareness concerning this problem.
The shortage of truck parking spots is on the radar of state and federal governments, businesses, and organizations like the National Coalition on Truck Parking, National Motorists Association, and the Institute for Safer Trucking.
The U.S. House of Representatives is now considering legislation (H.R. 6104 or Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act) to increase the number of truck parking spaces nationwide. If passed, the legislation would provide $755 million in funding to states, so that they can increase the number of available spots for truckers.
For most drivers, not being able to find a parking spot is an irritating inconvenience, but for truckers, it creates additional challenges. It makes worse the other hazards that truckers face at truck stops.
Being unable to find a spot can mean that you have to put yourself as well as your truck and cargo in danger. You may have to settle for parking in a poorly lit area where passing drivers are less likely to see you and where criminals may view you as an easy target.
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Preventative maintenance like full-service oil changes and air filter replacements ensure that you keep moving when you are driving your semi-truck. Being stranded on the side of the road is dangerous, and the cost of repairs, as well as the downtime, can harm your bottom line.
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