A new survey of over 5,400 truck drivers found that parking causes stress in more drivers than any other aspect of trucking – it’s even worse than ELDs. Though that may be because 80% of drivers say that ELDs have made finding parking even more stressful than it used to be.
Conducted by TruckerPath, the survey was turned into a report. It claims that on the list of things that cause stress at work for truckers, parking gets first place at 85%. Then its ELD/HOS issues (63%), shippers (38%), other truckers (33%), brokers (16%), and dispatchers (11%).
Frustration with parking can be because of not being able to find a space, but also because of the safety aspect. 96% of drivers reported having to park in unauthorized areas because they weren’t able to find sufficient legal parking. This can result in tickets or fines, but more critically it can be a safety issue. 84% of drivers said that they feel unsafe when parked in unauthorized areas.
The report addresses economic and safety implications of the parking shortage. It even goes in to potential solutions to the problem. The report claims that more drivers could benefit from planning potential stopping points as part of their pre-trip, but even for those who do, parking can be tough to find.
To read more about potential solutions and to see other survey results, check out the report here.