7 years since i last drove OTR any advice?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Silverking, Aug 25, 2019.

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  2. Puppage

    Puppage Road Train Member

    Aug 2, 2012
    I see what you did there!
  3. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    And you can start off by taking over two full spaces as a bobtail for your first truckstop meal. =) Be careful many other bobtails will park near you. /teasing.
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  4. Old-school trucker

    Old-school trucker Light Load Member

    Sep 12, 2016
    Oh yeah. Drop your reefer in one spot and park next to it. Try to get on the high side of the transmission in the truckstop parking lot if you want to fit in with these new age drivers also
  5. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Rosamond, SoCal
    List on the app for the new company that you currently run the local surrounding states as well. I use waze and google maps alot.
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  6. fishonron

    fishonron Light Load Member

    Jul 25, 2017
    North Central Kansas
    Trucker Path is a great app. Check it out and you'll soon see why.

    The Cat Scale Weigh My Truck app is great too. No need to talk into a speaker, park and go inside as long as the app has your payment method on file.

    The big chain truckstop apps are a must too. More times than not I wake up at a Pilot or Loves and got to have my shower. With the app you can order up the shower from the truck and get the pin code. No need to go to the counter and deal with them (very nice since not even awake yet).

    At Pilot I have the fuel setup before even pulling out of my parking space. Just pull up to any pump and enter a pin code.

    EDIT: And I forgot the paid parking using the app....If I know I'll be showing up late somewhere and I know the lots will be full I'll buy a spot at a TA/Petro or Pilot/FJ from the app early in the day. It's a relief to know I have a spot waiting on me when I show up (I don't do ramps).
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2019
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  7. Silverking

    Silverking Light Load Member

    Nov 7, 2013
    Edgewater, FL
  8. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    Don’t be surprised when; Your collision mitigation system sounds off or brakes. All you got is a cow in a field.
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  9. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Truck Path app is a combination moving map & truck stop directory with info on restaurants, parking. I was away from OTR for 18 years. There were barely any cellphones and no GPS when I last did it. A Garmin or Rand Mcnally truck GPS is invaluable. Get one. There are a lot more truckstops than before but there are a lot lot more trucks.
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  10. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

    Nov 9, 2017
    My trailer is clearly identified as a food truck. So I am unsure how that effects my parking experience. BUT I have been able to park most places in any town without any knocks on my window.

    Walmart, Grocery store parking lots, strip malls, empty lots, movie theater lots, etc.

    Just please do not leave trash and we can continue to park in the back of these lots. Go inside and buy a salad and some milk or whatever. Then go back to your truck to enjoy your purchases and close the curtains and the rest is history.
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