When you are over-the-road, with time you get to form some habits and have some favorite truck stops. In this article we would like to share some general truck stops tips that might be helpful for any truck driver – especially a new one.
Parking at the truck stop
It is better to park beside a curb. It will make a side of your truck protected. Spaces like that can be usually found at the back of the parking lot. Don’t be lazy driving around the front rows of the parking lot. There are usually more vacant spaces in the back. Besides, it is always good to walk when you spend most of the time seating.
If you are a new driver, make sure to practice your backing. Get out as many times as you need to check how you are doing and where you are.
Don’t shop at the truck stops
Truck stops are like convenient stores, so the prices are higher. Just bring what you need with you. There are usually discount stores nearby. It is better than paying more and getting angry with a cashier in a truck stop store.
Be careful in buffets
Get your food from the back of the pan. It is no secret that some people don’t care to wash their hands before going to a buffet.
Also don’t try to eat so much you can’t breathe. It is a fact that the more you eat, the more your stomach stretches. You will just end up needing more food to get full and making your metabolism slower. It is better to take some healthy food with you on the road.
Choose the right truck stop
Different truck stops are good for different things. For example, all Flying J truck stops have laundry machines. They are also good places to wash your windows, because most of them have long windshield washer handles and washer fluid. It’s also good for hamburgers. If you want some baked fish, go to T/A. Salads are good in Petro. Pilot is a great place for you, if you have a taste for coffee.
There is also a choice of truck stops for your down time. What will work best for you depends on what you are looking for from your down time. Petro is good for playing video games, Flying J is good if you prefer just watching TV in the open room. Most of the truck stops also provide internet access – unfortunately, you always have to pay for it.
If you have some truck stops tips, feel free to share them in the comments!