Finding truck parking can be tricky, especially if you pull into the truck stop at the worst possible time.
But what is the worst possible moment, exactly?
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In every region, chain truck stops tend to be driver-favored and fill up earlier and more often than independent truck stops, rest stops and other suitable truck parking areas across the country.
“Fleet fuel programs tend to be tied to the big chains, leading most of their drivers to these locations,” said Chris Oliver, Marketing Director of Trucker Path. “Large chains tend to be in the ‘prime locations’ which are closest to the highway and easiest to find / access [and] larger chains tend to offer more ancillary amenities which attract more traffic than those with less ancillary amenities. “
Truck stops on the east coast tended to fill up earlier than those on the west coast at night.
In the North East region, most truck stop parking lots can be fully filled from 7 p.m.
In the Southeast region, truck stops fill up the earliest at 7 p.m. at 8 p.m., independent truck stops at 10 p.m. and rest areas at 11 p.m.
In the Midwestern region, most truck stop parking lots can be fully filled as early as 8 p.m., with truck stop chains filling up earlier than independent truck stops and rest stops.
In the Western region, chain truck stops fill up early at 10 p.m., and independent truck stops and rest stops both tend to fill up around midnight.