To anyone unfamiliar, the term truck stop may carry certain baggage with it. However, to those who know about the trucking lifestyle, we all know the perks that modern truck stops offer. They’re a safe place equipped with electronics, amenities, and all kinds of utilities to help keep you comfortable on the road. However, part of the trucking lifestyle is also knowing how to respect truck stops. While truck stops may be changing quickly, what hasn’t changed is how etiquette plays into the trucking lifestyle, especially when you’re at a truck stop with other truckers.
As high-traffic areas, truck stops can be somewhat chaotic. That’s why you should take it slow when coming into or leaving a truck stop. Know what the traffic patterns tend to look like, look out for others, and take your time so you don’t hurt anyone.
Respect Fuel Islands
Never use fuel islands for anything other than fueling. It may be tempting to leave your vehicle parked while you take a quick shower, but part of the trucking lifestyle is being respectful of other truckers and their time. Don’t make them wait around for you when you could take care of your business otherwise, so fuel up and get going.
Keep the area as clean as you found it. That means disposing of all of your trash and keeping the bathroom facilities clean as well. Do the right thing and make sure no one else is left dealing with your mess.
Use Designated Space
Typically, a truck stop is going to have marked parking spaces. There may be odd extra room here and there as well and it can be tempting to park wherever there’s room for you. Just be sure to always park in an actual spot. It’s also recommended to back in and pull out, rather than pulling in and backing out. It’s a more professional move and will help keep everyone informed.
Don’t get too comfortable out there! Make sure you’re covered up and dressed the part. Show some pride in your job; truck driving is one of the most essential and dignified jobs out there, after all.
If you see someone in need of some help and you can lend a hand, do it. You never know when you’ll need someone to help you.
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