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"The Truck Parking Diaries:" ATRI Releases Findings From Latest Truck Parking Study

by Jana Ritter - Published: 12/14/2016

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released the results of its Truck Parking Diary research, where roughly 600 commercial truck drivers kept diaries of their parking perils for 14 days. The participants were asked to provide detailed documentation of their challenges in looking for safe, available truck parking. Their collective diaries represent over 4,700 unique parking stops across the U.S.

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The key findings revealed that truck drivers looking for parking between 4-12pm faced more challenges that increased the time spent searching for a spot. One such challenge is that truck parking spaces are often taken up by non-commercial vehicles during the peak hours, forcing truckers to park in undesignated or unauthorized locations such as roadway shoulders or ramps. Specific findings revealed that 63.4 percent of parking attempts that took 15 or more minutes to find a space occurred between 4-12pm; 34.8 percent of attempts that took 15 minutes or longer occurred between 7 and midnight, while 28.6 percent occurred between 4 and 7 p.m. The truckers’ diaries also revealed that peak days for parking were Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They spent the least amount of time searching for parking on Tuesdays, with 93 percent of attempts taking less than 15 minutes and just 13 percent of attempts taking over 30 minutes.

However, the ATRI calculated that drivers lose an overall average of 56 minutes of revenue time each day on the job either from parking earlier than they need to or simply the spent looking for parking. In addition to the frustration it causes drivers on a daily basis, the parking shortage is also found to be costing them to lose an average 9,300 revenue-earning miles each year, which equates to each driver losing $4,600 in annual wages. “The lack of available truck parking creates a lot of stress for me and my fellow drivers. And, as ATRI’s diary research shows, it’s a number of things – from lack of capacity, concerns over running out of hours, time limitations on parking in public rest areas and customers not letting us park in their facilities – that all combines to make this a perennial issue for us.” said Stephanie Klang, who is a professional driver for CFI and an America’s Road Team Captain.

The ATRI diaries also examined the potential for mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to add to the parking problem. The study revealed that drivers using ELDs were more likely to spend over 30 minutes looking for available parking than drivers without ELDs. “ELD leaves no room for dealing with full truck stops making it nearly impossible to preplan,” said a flatbed driver who participated in the study.

The ATRI also added a list of recommendations for industry stakeholders such as public sector providers of parking at rest areas, private truck stop operators and motor carriers to reduce the parking challenges faced by commercial drivers.


Joe Sheffer
Joe Sheffer
No, it will not change anything. to make a change the government actually has to care the companies have to care and at this point they don't they think it's the drivers problem not theirs. a really Grand idea is all drivers pay for parking hand in the receipts by law the company has to pay for the parking or you can deduct it from your taxes at the end of the year.
Shaun Chambers
Shaun Chambers
They would figure out how to manipulate pay to park worse than they do now. Damn crooks will always have their hands in the working man's pocket!!!
Victor Collins
Victor Collins
Shaun Chambers, you have your hands in someone's pockets, don't you? Or do you not get paid for hauling freight?
Kathy Cline
Kathy Cline
You can use unreimbursed parking fees on your taxes. It is an expense related to your job and is treated as such on your taxes
James R Maxwell
James R Maxwell
You're not getting dollar for dollar back Kathy and you're falling into their trap. Before long paid parking will become the norm.
David Hackney
David Hackney
It's all about planning ahead, and knowing where you are going to stop for the night, it is a good idea to call earlier in the day to reserve a parking spot. Or know the truck stops that you can find a place to park at, usually at the non name brand truck stops.
Victor Collins
Victor Collins
Most of what you say is dependent on years of experience. Don't you think?
Keith Balfe
Keith Balfe
So......if I plan my whole day out and know where I'm gonna park at the end of the day.......there will be a spot for me when I get there ?.......
James R Maxwell
James R Maxwell
Even the best laid plans can change, ask any general.
Harvey Burnham III
Harvey Burnham III
Why don't you plan to end your day on NJ turnpike at 8pm and see where you be parking.......It's not enough parking where there are too many trucks....mostly North Eastern United States.......good luck......that's mostly whats parking about....
Michael Mowatt
Michael Mowatt
"Planning ahead" is a great idea in theory! I plan ahead everytime I head out on a trip. Doesn't necessarily mean I am going to find parking when I get to that nights destination. Unless of course, I want to call ahead and possibly pay to park after buying $500 in fuel and $15 for dinner!
Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson
So, you "pre plan" to park at "x;" then discover when you arrive at "x" it's closed, full up, or been sold to someone who won't let trucks in there now. "Call ahead," someone will say. Oh, yeah, EVERY DAY?! May be good for the LTL drivers, but not for Random Over-the-road!
Rich Rolles
Rich Rolles
Calling ahead to reserve a parking place at a truck-stop? What world do you live in?
Holly Carrier
Holly Carrier
James R Maxwell you are so right.. I am not gunna pay for a spot an loose it cuz I got caught in a traffic backup cuz there's been an accident or the shipper took too long getting product ready or the receiver took 5.hours stead of 2.. Too many factors on a daily basis to justify having to pay for parking cuz now you only have 4 hours left to drive stead of the 8 it's gunna take you to get to that spot you just paid for that's nonrefundable..
Sherry Lynn Kennedy
Sherry Lynn Kennedy
No matter how hard you pre plan, the truck stop that was empty one week was full at the same time the following week. ( Wilmington, Illinois Petro) Its definitely challenging.
Robert W. Day II
Robert W. Day II
Keith Balfe if you spend $20 for a reserved spot
Victor Collins
Victor Collins
Robert W. Day II, ever have reserved parking over booked, I have. So they refunded my money, woopy ding shit, I still didn't have a place to park.
Tish Kevin Young
Tish Kevin Young
Too many trucks on the road nowadays if you do find a spot at a truck stop you gotta worry about waking up to a fender getting torn off and you better get on one before 2 o'clock in the afternoon or forget it especially in the Northeast you gotta start looking for a parking spot an hour before your times up because your gonna be driving around looking and they don't give a shit what your excuse is about being over your hours get rid of some of these hadgis and non driving kiddies and it would be a whole lot better
Phil Killerlain
Phil Killerlain
The only thing in some areas to fix the parking is to make some ! It would be easy if they would just use their brains ! Almost every urban area is where the biggest problems are ! SO rock or blacktop in empty lots and grass areas at exits ! The grass areas would cost less to pick up trash than the landscaping and mowing costs now !
Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson
Exactly, Phil. With the economy improvements already and more to come, there are a lot of consequences almost no one has considered seriously. The ELD horsecrap turns it into a part-time job for the fact you'd better be damn sure of where you're going to park, and it CANNOT always be done. They're trying to "deny us our humanity," as I see it.
Mike Obermeyer
Mike Obermeyer
I always tried to stay away from big truck stops and rest areas. I would park for the night at a roadside country cafe, or a big abandoned lot, grain elevators in small towns, or at my destination.
James R Maxwell
James R Maxwell
That's one old picture. Found a parking spot after 60 miles of looking. That's what I get for driving after 1900. Thanks for the idiotic 14 hour rule. You're created solar power trucking.
Rob Kauffelt
Rob Kauffelt
No, it won't change a thing. Because truckers are not seen as an important part of society. They are seen as replaceable unskilled labor. But the main reason is the truckers don't have lobbyists buying poloticans off like pharmaceutical companies. The Government Is ORGANIZED Crime. Until we buy them off nothing will change.
Daniel Kettlewell
Daniel Kettlewell
In 21 years I've rarely ever had to look for a parking spot. Then again I rarely park for the night in truckstops.
Roger Russ
Roger Russ
It is a nightmare sometimes to find parking. Like a daily game to keep legal.
David Condon
David Condon
No itwont, politics will prevail. Law makers still have their heads up where the sun don't shine.
Robert W. Day II
Robert W. Day II
Ain't that the truth. That's why I try to keep a set schedule 6am-6pm
Nicholas G Tomcheck
Nicholas G Tomcheck
If you ask me there are too many trucks out on the road to begin with.
Cliff West
Cliff West
I doubt it
Erick Painter
Erick Painter
No. Not at all
Fred Ingles
Fred Ingles
Fuck no.
Gary Rogers
Gary Rogers
I still can't park for shit
Matt Dunivan
Matt Dunivan
I can find a spot 24/7/365 at any of the 25 Walmart stores I pass daily. If not WM, an adjacent parking lot, Lowe's, etc. These drivers obviously didn't have access to a smartphone or computer which can access three apps, just off the top of my head that I know of, that have alternatives to truck stop parking. Really want to solve a lot of problems? Avoid truck stops except to fuel
Randy Harrington
Randy Harrington
Hey dipshit just for your info not all walmarts let you park there it's up to each individual store Mgr . That said the whole key is proper planning
John Ridgeway
John Ridgeway
No
Michael Mowatt
Michael Mowatt
Folks, this is only going to become MUCH, MUCH worse when EVERYONE is on the "electronic logs"! Another example of your government working hard for you! Hard enough to find parking now with all those "solar powered" trucks out there! In most cases, if you are not parked by 3:00 p.m. most week days, your probably not going to find parking anywhere other than a desolate rest area somewhere. I have heard more than my fill of how we need to get all those "fatigued drivers" off the road but I have not heard a single syllable about where we are going to park them! I personally received a $50 "parking ticket" in a "rest area" on Long Island one morning. I can't ell you how refreshing it is to be woken up at 6:30 a.m. by a Suffolk county officer beating the hell out of your door to tell you, you are parked in front of a "no parking" sign and then having him tell you that "there is NOWHERE to park a truck on Long Island"!
Daniel Kettlewell
Daniel Kettlewell
Vast majority of drivers are already on eLogs.
Sherri McAvoy
Sherri McAvoy
Won't change a damn thing. OR is building a brand new large welcome/rest center on I-5 NB. Not slated to open for nearly a yr yet, but they wasted no time nor expense letting truckers know they are not welcomed in or allowed to use it once opened.
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
Who else? <3
Mandy Brown
Mandy Brown
How about some respect & gratitude to go with it. Drivers keep our country rolling & are treated like crap.
Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons
This photo must be 20 years old with not 1 but 2 JBHunt cabover condos in picture
Bernie Cox
Bernie Cox
Planning doesn't help when Ur stuck loading or unloading for Hrs
Randy Harrington
Randy Harrington
Actually it does . It you have been there so long you have used your 14 then most likely you could have done a split sleeper.and if not then you didn't plan your trip there correctly .been driving Elogs for years never had this problem
Denzlo Hagerty
Denzlo Hagerty
No
Dale Snelling
Dale Snelling
IRONICALLY ENOUGH< THIS PICTURE IS FROM THE 80'S.
Michael Shane Stanton
Michael Shane Stanton
Always been like this, and with E logs, it has gotten worse