Finding a place to park these days is a challenge in itself.  Especially in certain parts of the country.  But we want more than just a place to park - most importantly we want safety.  And that's not always an easy thing to find.  There are dangerous truck stops operating all over this country.  You know the type  - they are usually independent and in bad condition with poor management.  Same with some rest areas.  Below are 10 tips that I practice which have kept me safe over the years.


  1. Avoid parking on ramps.  This practice is illegal in some states already.
  2. Don't park in nasty truck stops.  If the parking lot is trashed, this means no one is properly managing the place and has no idea what goes on there at nights.
  3. Avoid inner city truck stops.  Crime is always higher in crowded metropolitan areas.
  4. Stick with the reputable truck stops.  They are usually well managed and sometimes offer security.
  5. Avoid parking alone.  Everyone likes peace and quiet, but you also become an easy target.
  6. Of course, lock all doors!
  7. Close the curtains. Don't let thugs see if you're up or not. Keep them guessing.
  8. Be aware of your surroundings.  I have moved after sitting for awhile and not liking what I saw. 
  9. Park in well lit areas.  Bad things happen in the dark.
  10. Be prepared to defend yourself.  Truck stops and rest areas attract hitchhikers and drifters.  If trouble makers detect an easy target for robbery, they are more likely to strike. 

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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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