No where to park

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Kingty9183, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. Woodchuck88

    Woodchuck88 Medium Load Member

    Jan 4, 2017
    New York
    Drive at night sleep during the day. No traffic and always parking in the AM. And my favorite trucker path review is Has Beer.
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  2. LondRanger

    LondRanger Heavy Load Member

    Jun 3, 2018
    Shhhh dont give away the secrets man.
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  3. CK73

    CK73 Medium Load Member

    Dec 19, 2017
    "A Swift truck just pulled out so now we have gone from 0 to 3 parking spots available." It never gets old in the comments section.
  4. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike Road Train Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    New York
    Don’t try that in Virginia or your nap will be a short one...North Carolina can get a little prickly about ramp parking also.
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  5. CK73

    CK73 Medium Load Member

    Dec 19, 2017
    One good thing about driving in the northwest is the abundance of paved or graded pullouts built for chaining or to avoid harsh weather.

    So long as there's not a sign that says for chaining only.. You are probably good. Peaceful too.
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  6. 4wayflashers

    4wayflashers Medium Load Member

    Mar 14, 2014
    Parking is perhaps the toughest part of the job for new drivers. I get an idea where I want to park next before I even start my pre-trip. Look on truckers path for truck stops with 200+ spots. Read reviews to see how many are payed spots. Then look for all truck stops within an hour of your intended stop time. Try and get there before 4-5 PM. If your plan changes during your day, for any reason, start the processes over with new intended stop time.

    Some truck stops generally have parking at all hours so remember them when you find them. (I-85 NC Exit 157 Petro is one) Your life will be a lot easier if you start your clock with your next 10 hour break in mind.

    Sometimes, depending on appointment times you will be screwed. Usually when that happens I'll bunker down in an industrial area and hope for no ticket. If you think you could possibly run out of hours at a customers, always put yourself on sleeper after 5 mins of on duty. Then you might only have to bunker down for 6 hours or so or whatever is left of your 10.
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  7. jammer910Z

    jammer910Z Road Train Member

    May 28, 2015
    Don't be a Moth.

    That's what I call the drivers that flock to those neon sign lit up truck stops like moths to a flame.

    Develop a pattern of parking at smaller places most will bypass until they're SOL elsewhere.
    I've seen TAs overflowing, and the little fuel stop across the overpass that holds 4 trucks with only one.. or none there.

    You'll hardly ever catch me at a big chain.
    I've got hidey holes all over the country.
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  8. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

    Apr 8, 2012
    Orion's Belt
    Just draw a line thru it........

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  9. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    Next time when you have an hour left, you're out of time.

    Practice that. All you got is 10 or 13 max until you get the hang of it.

    It's a lot easier to find a spot while it's still light as well when you can see more.
  10. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2017
    This is exactly what I mean when I said...

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