Truck drivers face many challenges in their career, and finding safe, overnight truck parking is one of those challenges. After the tragic murder of truck driver Jason Rivenburg, Jason’s Law went into effect to help protect the thousands of truck drivers who need to find safe, overnight parking. Although Jason’s Law was put into place to help drivers, safe truck parking continues to be an issue for truck drivers across America.
We have put together a list of tips that will help make the process of finding safe overnight parking easier for you.
Plan out your trip:
Pre-planning your trip is something every truck driver should consider doing. Not only does it allow you to map out your overnight parking, but it also allows you to map out where you can get fuel and food.
Before you hit the road, take a look at your route. Avoid scheduling truck parking in high crime cities or congested areas.
Pro tip: Download the app TruckPark. With over 200+ secure locations, the TruckPark app allows drivers to schedule their overnight parking in advance, so drivers do not have to worry about driving around to find a parking spot. Not only is it a relief to have your parking spot booked, but it is also more productive with HOS.
Also, if you are a member of The Trucker’s Network, drivers get instant access to a 15% off promo code to use when booking a parking spot with TruckPark! Sign up today for just $5 a month.
If you do not choose to reserve your parking spot through TruckPark, we suggest parking early. The majority of safe parking spots will fill up quickly before it gets dark. If you can, start driving early in the morning so that when it’s time to quit driving for the day, you won’t find yourself fighting for a parking space.
Park in a well-lit area:
Walmart parking lots are an extremely popular location for overnight parking. Why? Because they are well-lit areas. When planning out your trip, it may be difficult to know whether they have well-lit parking available. If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t feel safe, talk to your dispatcher. They might be able to help you find secure truck parking.
Lock it up:
It may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised as to how many truck drivers forget to lock up their truck and trailer for the night. So, before you go to sleep for the night, make sure to lock everything.
Invest in a Dash Cam:
Dashcams are a great way to provide evidence if your truck was in an accident or vandalized. It’s always refreshing to know that you have an extra set of eyes on your truck. If you are on the hunt for a dashcam, we listed a few of our favorites in this blog What Every Truck Driver Needs in Their Truck for 2020.