Lazy Truckers At Truckstop

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Chris L.'s Comment
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So I'm in a truckstop that has two rows of pull through spots. I'm in the second row and the first row is full. The truck directly in front of me leaves and there's a truck already set up to back in to his spot. The truck two spots away from me sees the open spot and fires up and heads for the spot. Apparently he couldn't see the truck backing in from his point of view. So he by passes the spot soon as he realized there was a truck already backing in and circles around back to the second row.

The funny thing is that the backing driver was going slow taking his time that two other trucks thought it was an empty spot and left the second row just to circle around to their original place in the second row.

All this to be 20 foot steps closer to the building! Just a funny observation, also the back row is almost completely empty which is where I usually park. Guess I'm lazy today going for the 2nd row pull through rather than my go to back row.

Turtle's Comment
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I hear ya. Laziness abounds!

I tend to park in the back row, so I can get a little exercise walking up to the building.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I am super lazy. I park in the back row because it is the last to fill up. I only walk to the truckstop to go to the bathroom or take a shower. I don't leave my truck unless I have to, lol

BQ 's Comment
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Agreed, laziness seems to be a job requirement in this business. Nothing annoys me more than pulling into a truck stop where the entrance, around the scale and general driving lanes are clogged up with trucks while there is still a plethora of actual parking spots available. Some people just can't survive if they are parked more than 50 yards from the buffet. Whiny drivers who complain about any minor thing in the reviews of a truck stop are a close second.

G-Town's Comment
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BQ wrote this:

Agreed, laziness seems to be a job requirement in this business. Nothing annoys me more than pulling into a truck stop where the entrance, around the scale and general driving lanes are clogged up with trucks while there is still a plethora of actual parking spots available. Some people just can't survive if they are parked more than 50 yards from the buffet. Whiny drivers who complain about any minor thing in the reviews of a truck stop are a close second.

I agree there a lot of lazy drivers, but it's definitely not a job requirement.

I also think this has a lot to do with not wanting to back the truck into a spot. I have seen drivers go to great lengths to avoid backing and end up worse off as a result including sideswiping an adjacent trailer. Ever try to back out of a TS spot you nosed into 11 hours earlier? Call it lazy, call it fear, inexperience, whatever; but I think it's also about the backing.

Deb R.'s Comment
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I just go for an easy spot. I will park way in back if it means I don't have anyone next to me. I avoid truckstops as much as possible, they feel like an accident waiting to happen.

Bud A.'s Comment
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There are some truck stops where it looks like the place must be packed when you're approaching it because there are so many trucks parked along the driveway and on the road outside the stop. Then when you drive past the pumps you realize that there are tons of parking spaces in back. The drivers just didn't want to walk that far!

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Rick Dees's Comment
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My dog picks where we park which is the best grassy area usually in the back. I try to walk with him as much as I can after sitting all day..the laziness and sloppiness of some..not all..truckers is truly astounding to me. Many areas at truck stops should be deemed a hazmat zone.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Vendingdude's Comment
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BQ wrote this:

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Agreed, laziness seems to be a job requirement in this business. Nothing annoys me more than pulling into a truck stop where the entrance, around the scale and general driving lanes are clogged up with trucks while there is still a plethora of actual parking spots available. Some people just can't survive if they are parked more than 50 yards from the buffet. Whiny drivers who complain about any minor thing in the reviews of a truck stop are a close second.

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I agree there a lot of lazy drivers, but it's definitely not a job requirement.

I also think this has a lot to do with not wanting to back the truck into a spot. I have seen drivers go to great lengths to avoid backing and end up worse off as a result including sideswiping an adjacent trailer. Ever try to back out of a TS spot you nosed into 11 hours earlier? Call it lazy, call it fear, inexperience, whatever; but I think it's also about the backing.

Can't tell you how many times I've been behind another truck entering a TS where he pulls down the first row and I head for the back. I can park quickly and walk toward the store, passing the first guy on his third pullup trying to squeeze in the last open spot. So who's saving time? Hahaha

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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My primary criterion when choosing where to park at a truck stop is ease of egress. I look for the spot that is going to be the easiest to get out of again, and try to avoid spots where trucks will be jammed in nose-to-nose so close that you practically have to scrape headlights pulling out, corner spots where someone could pull in nose first and block you in with the end of their trailer, or spots where, even though it's technically the driveway, you're still going to wake up and find 15 trucks lined up in your way (also applies to spots facing a curb). It's not always possible to do, but I'd say a good 60% of the time I'm able to park myself where I have a straight shot out again, or at least a little extra room to maneuver.

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