7 Tips for Smarter Truck Parking

There’s no question that lack of available parking is a major challenge for truck drivers across the United States. Even after the introduction of Jason’s Law back in 2012, commercial drivers are still struggling to consistently find safe parking spots. 

In 2017, truck parking ranked fourth overall on the ATRI’s list of Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry survey. If you look only at the responses of commercial drivers, truck parking is the second most critical issue. 

While these tips won’t make new parking spots magically appear, they can help you park smarter and sleep easier. 

1. Plan Ahead  

Pre-plan when and where you’re going to stop each day. Obviously, the goal is to avoid highly congested areas and areas with high crime. Tools like Google Earth and the TruckerPath app are great ways to see how crowded an area is in real time.

 2. Park Early  

Truck stops usually start filling up early in the evening. If you start your day earlier, you can park before others. If you can’t park early, try reserving a parking spot at the truck stop where you plan on stopping.

 3. Avoid Parking Near an Entrance  

It will be tempting to grab the closest spot when you pull in tired. But parking spots on the end of rows, and in the front third of a parking lot, are where the heaviest traffic and highest chance of accidents are.

4. Be Picky About Who You Park Next to  

If the truck next to you is parked over the line, or at an angle, try finding a different spot. If you must park there, it’s not a bad idea to take down their license plate and DOT information.

5. Avoid Backing Out of Spots  

It will be much quicker and easier getting back on the road if you choose a spot you can either pull through or back into.

6. Choose a Well-Lit Area  

Parking near plenty of bright lights will decrease your chances of being targeted by thieves. Seek out truck stops and department store parking lots that are filled with floodlights.

7. Seal Your Truck 

If you’re going to sleep in your truck, close all your windows, put up window screens, and keep valuables out of sight. Consider installing a dash cam for extra peace of mind. Sometimes just the sight of them is enough to deter potential thieves.  You can also use bungee cords or tie down straps to latch your truck’s doors shut from the inside.

New Website Pages for Wire Rope and Winch Strap Products

We’ve been doing a little work on our USCargoControl.com website, with a goal of making it easier for customers to choose exactly what they need. Some products are available in so many sizes and configurations it can be difficult to wade through them all to find exactly what you’re looking for. Our winch straps and wire rope categories were the first to be updated.

Winch straps are now first narrowed down by color selection (yellow, blue, red, green), then by hardware type (flat hook, wire hook, etc.). There is also still an option to shop for truck winches by sizes as well, with links that show all 4″ winch straps, 3″ winch straps, and 2″ winch straps.

 image of winch straps page

 

Our wire rope category was also redesigned to make it easier to shop, and we also added some new categories cable wire products:

• 6×26 Impact Swaged Wire Rope (Spin Resistant)

• 6×21 Bright Wire Fiber Core (Drill Line)

• 6×7 Bright Wire Fiber Core (Sand Line)

• 19×19 Compacted Bright Wire Rope EIPS IWRC (Spin Resistant)

 

image of wire rope page

 

Look for more re-designed pages and new products coming soon!

Is there anything else we can do to make shopping on USCC easier? Please comment below or send us an email at customerservice@uscargocontrol.com.