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Sambo11513's Comment
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Picking up a load.in Dallas, headed to canton, ma. Route is taking me across i80 to i95, which will put me going through dead center new York.

Having heard all the stories about driving up there, will take any and all advice anyone can give about making it through there safely.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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I don't know how your navigation system is set up, but if you can, avoid I-95 through NY. It doesn't take you through the heart of the city or anything, but it will take you across the George Washington Bridge, which is really busy and the tolls are super expensive. Your best bet is to hop on I-287 and take that around, cross the Tappan Zee Bridge, then meet up with I-95 again above NYC. It's a little longer around, but worth it. Also, since you're coming from a westerly direction it's possible your GPS will route you that way anyway. Look up your route on a trucker atlas, and check your turn by turn instructions on your GPS to be sure where it's taking you.

I drive a northeast regional route. I can try to answer any questions you might have.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Michael C.'s Comment
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I've only been to the NE 1 time. The only advice I can give is, if your not delivering in NYC, avoid at all cost(just my opinion). The other piece of advice is park early. Once you get past PA, if you don't park early finding a parking spot makes finding a needle in a haystack look easy.

TL:DR - 1. Avoid NYC if you can. 2. Park early as you can.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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This is true! The farther north you go, the less plentiful the truck stops. Get the app Truckers Path. It's free, and shows you all the weigh stations, rest areas, and truck stops along your route. My rule is to find parking and shut down before nightfall. After that, you're either looking at parking spots that will give new/inexperienced drivers heart attacks, or no parking at all.

Sambo11513's Comment
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You're right, my GPS initially routed me over 287, but the routing solution given by my company has me taking 80 to 95. I think I'll be calling tomorrow and getting that changed. It actually only adds about 4 miles to the trip overall.

As far as parking, I'll try to but unfortunately, I'm bound to the delivery date, which is Monday at 10am, so, I'm hoping my times can mesh up to where I can shut down around 4pm.

Sambo11513's Comment
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Is that area still buried under snow? From what the news was saying, that area got hit pretty hard with a winter storm.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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No. The thing to remember is that they KNOW winter weather up here. I was in Maine and it snowed 2 feet overnight a couple of nights ago. The roads in the area were plowed to pavement before my 10 hour break was up.

Sambo11513's Comment
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That's what I'm talkin' 'bout.

Shawn's Comment
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I've been coming up 95 Friday nights for a while now and have had pretty good luck finding parking. There's quite a few service plazas in CT, the first one going northbound is the smallest i think. I don't go there. I also try to avoid the pilot at exit 40.

I think you'll be alright though. I-95 is pretty much a straight shot to Canton.

Old School's Comment
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Sambo, I just left New Hampshire. They know how to keep the roads clear up in th Northeast. The snow might be three and four feet deep, but the roads will be fine.

I agree with Miss Myoshi, take the Tappan Zee bridge. I'm up here every week, and that's always what I do unless I have to deliver in the Bronx area.

Driving at night is always easier up in that area - less traffic to deal with, and you can actually find a parking spot when you stop in the daytime.

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