How Truckers Can Overcome the Parking Problem
Just how bad is the truck parking problem in the United States?
Right now, there is only parking for 30,000 trucks in the United States. Of these parking spots, only 36,000 are at rest areas. This clearly does not accommodate the 3 million truckers who are driving on the roads and highways in the United States.
Continue reading to learn just how severe this problem is, and how the transportation industry is working towards a proper solution for truck drivers everywhere.
Impact of the Parking Problem
TruckerPath, a mobile app that specializes in finding safe truck parking for drivers has drawn several important conclusions based on analysis of the current truck parking issue:
- Drivers may lose 11 hours per month searching for truck parking, which amounts to about $600 in lost wages.
- Annually, this problem translates to $4,600 in lost wages due to the parking shortages.
- Prior to the ELD mandate, almost all drivers polled had to violate their hours of service rules because they could not find parking.
As the parking problem is so prominent throughout the United States, transportation businesses everywhere are having to reduce equipment utilization, which certainly has its economic impacts as well.
In addition, as drivers are parking elsewhere, including road shoulders, highway off-ramps, and retail store parking lots. This can leave drivers open to threats of theft and other serious dangers.
Current Solutions for the Shortage
While the truck parking crisis is not going away anytime soon, here are a few ways that the transportation industry is fighting back to help truckers efficiently do their jobs:
1. Mobile Apps
Several of the major truck stop chains have developed mobile apps to provide real-time parking information from data that is transmitted from installed parking sensors. This is an easy method to help drivers find parking along their routes.
2. Online Reservations
A few truck stops are also starting to take parking reservations, so that truck drivers may plan accordingly. While most are charging for these reservations, many carriers are starting to cover the costs for their drivers.
3. In-Pavement Vehicle Detection Technology
Lastly, the advancement of technology is starting to help counter the effects of the parking shortage. For example, the Florida Department of Transportation is installing a Truck Parking Availability System along major interstates to report availability data back to roadside signs.
Is the Parking Shortage Affecting Your Driving?
When it comes down to it, to negate many of the numerous problems that can occur, transportation businesses need to ensure that there is strong communication between drivers and the back office once the ELD mandate has gone into effect,
In respect to the impending ELD mandate, if you need additional help, UTECH is here for you. With our knowledge and expertise, we will ease your fears, so you can continue doing your job efficiently.
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