After a long day behind the wheel, a trucker looks forward to getting off the road for the night.  If he’s lucky, he’ll find a truck stop with ample parking and a decent place to eat.  One would think that a trucker is safe once they make it to a truck stop and park for the night. Wrong!  Check out this video from my friend Shane Rizzuto, whose dash cam caught a guy backing right into his truck while Shane was asleep.  What a terrible way to wake up.


What can we do to prevent this?  Not much, but here are some tips to help reduce the risk.


  • Park in a corner spot.  The best parking spots are the ones around the truck stop perimeter, not the ones at the end of a middle row that will see traffic going by all night long.
  • Pull in a back row spot instead of back in.  I would only do this if it’s easy to back out and it’ll be daylight when I leave.  This protects my truck from being backed into.  They may hit my trailer, but I’d rather that happen then damage my truck.
  • Park in a spot between two trucks that are parked already.  Maybe they’ll stay in place as long as you’re  there so no one will try to park beside you overnight.
  • Leave your parking lights on.  I’m not sure this’ll work, but it can’t hurt.
  • Park in the fuel island.  Then put an orange cone behind your trailer and rest easy.  JUST KIDDING!

I had a similar situation happen to me recently.  I was asleep at a truck stop when all of a sudden I heard a truck near me blast the air horn.  I peeked out of the curtain and saw a truck attempting to back beside me.  If it wasn’t for the alert truck driver sitting in the driver’s seat a couple of trucks down, my truck would’ve been damaged.  I got out and thanked him for stopping an accident.

Thanks to Shane Rizzuto for the use of this video.


Comments (3)

Joey Slaughter

Joey Slaughter is the owner of Blue Ridge Transport, LLC. Joey has been in the trucking industry since 1992.

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Well as luck would have it, this driver was actually backing out of a back row spot. I was in a corner spot as well. Just the wrong corner. I was on sn outside corner instead of an inside corner.

June 10, 2016 19:55:39 PM

Thanks Chet for your comments. You have some very valid points there that I hadn't considered.

June 05, 2016 19:39:56 PM

Some good suggestions. But, I don't agree about pulling in nose first in a back spot. It may seem easy, but, when you back in, you take less space as your rear end will overhang past where the tires stop. Pulling in nose first will have you sticking your trailer out farther than you should be. It makes it difficult for the truck opposite from you to pull out and make his turn or for the trucker backing in to get past the end of your trailer. All your suggestions were good, but I think a trucker should never nose in.

June 03, 2016 16:06:05 PM