Is there a problem in Kansas City with places to stop the trucks? A particular area of concern is near the Aldi grocery store distribution center in northern Olathe, where trucks regularly park along the ramps to Kansas 7 and College Boulevard.
Not in many states, overnight at the highway or highway is legal, if you do not want to pay a fine that ranges from $ 30 to $ 500, try to find a place to stay a night earlier.
Although fines are rising and the problem remains, there is a great danger of becoming a victim of fraudsters and criminals when you park around the road.
The current parking shortage makes it difficult for truck drivers to find a safe place to park and sleep. Truckers are faced with the choice between Hours of Service violations or traffic fines. Many drivers pull over on to an on-ramp, shoulder, truck stops and rest areas on the highway.
Unfortunately, these poorly lit areas are prone to accidents and crime. Although a few states allow overnight stays in rest areas, most have laws against extended parking times. A lack of security personnel and quick access to highways makes these stops appealing to criminals who prey on unsuspecting truck drivers.
When stopping, avoid rest areas that appear deserted or isolated. There is safety in numbers. Whenever possible, park near other trucks. If a thief is aware that help is close by, they may be less likely to target you or your truck.
Many drivers opt to carry a club, knife, or gun. Regardless of the defensive mechanism you choose, make sure you know how to use it. In inexperienced hands, a knife, gun, or pepper spray can be used against you. If you carry a firearm, ensure you have the proper permits for it.
If you do run into trouble, you need to be able to leave quickly. Pull-through parking helps reduce the time you need to pull out of the rest area. If you cannot locate this type of parking area, back into an area that will allow you to pull out easily. Also when a hotel is not an option, truck stops are usually the best choice for an overnight stay. Many chains have food, showering facilities, laundry, and other amenities available. However, parking space is at a premium. In high-traffic areas, the limited number of truck parking spaces often fill by 6 p.m. or earlier.
Also worn out, hot-headed driver can do significant damage in tight quarters. If someone who is parked next to you is having trouble, consider lending a hand. Acting as a spotter can foster good will and keep your load from getting damage.