Truck stops are a safe haven for truck drivers who spend long hours on the road. In addition to refueling your truck, you can get some food and much-needed rest and park your vehicle in a safe spot. However, not all truck stops are made the same. Even the safest truck stops can come with dangerous risks to you and your vehicle. Many truck accidents occur in truck stop parking lots, given the tight parking situations. As a truck driver, you can protect yourself and your truck by following a few truck stop safety tips. Read on to learn more.
Plan Your Route in Advance
Plan your route ahead of time so you know you will arrive at the truck stop with plenty of room and proper lighting. Many trucking apps can help you efficiently plan your route and plot your desired stops. Plan to do everything you need to do in one stop. Refueling your truck, getting some food and coffee all at once is more effective than making multiple stops.
Do Not Walk Between Trucks
When walking around a truck stop, make sure you have a clear line of sight from your truck to the stop. You should always know if there is anyone else around you, especially at night. Avoid walking between other trucks so you can keep your eyes on anyone or anything near you. It can be hazardous to walk between trucks as the driver may not be able to see you walking around.
Use Proper Parking Practices
You should avoid parking at the end of a row: Not only is their traffic crossing next to you, but most people park at the end because it is the closest spot. Avoid the end of a parking lot to stay away from drivers who are parking when they are tired. Reduce overall risk by removing yourself from high traffic areas. Also, it is best to back your truck into a spot to spot other trucks when you are backing out easily. Avoid places that force you to reverse out when you leave.
Secure Your Truck
Parking accidents and theft are prevalent at truck stops. So, it is essential to secure your truck when it is parked. Protect your personal items by putting a padlock on the trailer doors. Every time you leave the truck, make sure the lock is still secure. The last thing you want is to finish your route and realize something has been stolen from the trailer.
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