A truck stop can be a trucker’s best friend or worst nightmare. But, as it turns out, truck drivers have different opinions about what makes a great truck stop.
The World’s Largest Truckstop, along I-80 in Walcott, Iowa, opened in 1964. The owner, Bill Moon, is said to have asked drivers for their advice on what would make a trucker’s life more enjoyable, and then built his truck stop accordingly.
For me, having done both regional and long-haul trucking, these are the basics that were important to me:
A step up with trucker-in-mind conveniences
When drivers have a little time off, whether they are spending the weekend waiting to unload or they are gone for four or five weeks at a time, a truck stop can truly be a home away from home. Here are some additional things truckers are looking for in a truck stop:
A lot has changed in trucking since the old days when Bill constructed his I-80 truck stop. Back then, his trucking museum and theater room were cutting edge. Now, there are many more items we can cover, such as an inside exercise area, a custom truck/chrome shop, a barbershop, a chiropractor/DOT physician, a dentist, and libraries.
Technology is playing a big role in modern truck stops as well. Some offer IdleAire, a high-tech parking lot hookup that powers up rigs and allows drivers to turn off their diesel engines and still enjoy heat, air conditioning, electricity, high-speed Internet, and satellite TV.
So, what makes a great truck stop in your opinion?