Truck Stop Horror Stories

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Sambo's Comment
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Once I went intoan iron skillet and the rice was a bit under cooked! The horror!!!!!


Pianoman's Comment
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G-town says:

In a truck stop you really need to keep your head on a swivel. You really never know what is going to happen. Turn your CB off. Just exercise extreme caution, attention to everything.

I sometimes say aloud to myself as I'm driving through a truck stop, "You are in a high risk environment. Slow down, pay attention." You never know when someone will run out from behind a truck. At one of our terminals, I saw a guy longboarding to his truck--really stupid on his part, but you don't want to be the guy that runs him over, so go slow. There's just so much more stuff to hit in close quarters, you gotta be very careful.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Renegade's Comment
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Not nervous....I'm just a planner. I do my research on just about everything I do and there's no better research than listening to the guys and gals out there living it.

Judging by your recent posts you seem to be nervous about shut down locations? They aren't that scary really, the only bad places I have seen were in bad areas anyways so I tend to stay outside of the city if I can. Crazy thing I seen happen was a crazy guy in Eloy, AZ at the petro was throwing fried chicken at people on the gas station side, then he went and layer down on the street so he could get ran over.

Use common sense and avoid sketchy people, etc. Funny thing is sometimes other drivers may look like the sketchy people, but in reality they are just going inside to get something to eat, use restroom, etc. I was worried about it to and overall it's not that bad out here.


Operating While Intoxicated

Kevin H.'s Comment
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The biggest horror story I have is when I spent 20 minutes at the fuel island in back of someone who was in taking a shower.

Rob S.'s Comment
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When I was still on my trainer's truck I walked into the building for something. I passed a guy picking up the pieces of his hood, fenders and bumper. What I learned was don't park on the end.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I was serious about my post. Probably my next biggest pet peeve are the guys racing through the parking lot. There's no need for it and extremely dangerous, especially at night. A few weeks ago, I was walking the dog (I always have a flashlight with us to make it obvious we're there) some moron comes Flying around a corner. He didn't get that close, I think he scared himself more to be honest but then he stops and starts screaming and cussing at me. I bit my tongue and just mentioned that he should back it down a bit because it's getting darker earlier,yet still a busy time in the lot. He screams and curses even more and threatens to get out of the truck. I jumped up on the step and begged him to get out. Needless to say, he left.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I was getting onto the scale and some moron came flying through the wrong way to get out of the TS. He almost hit me but I was paying attention. Then he blew his horn at ME to back off the scale. Screw you. Morons go the wrong way at the pumps for god knows what reason.

Having to wake drivers who are illegally parked so you can scale or get out of your legal spot.

Getting to a TA only to find the entire parking lot is blind side slants....even the paid spots.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Getting repairs on 10 hr break. My APU spat out fuel. Petri got me in a door right away but had me in the bay for NINE hours. In 100 degree GA sun...and no APU. Was no way I could leave at my 10hr no sleep.

Now I'm at a TA and been here for 6 hours in bay for a freaking battery!!! Good thing I got time on this load.


Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Kevin H.'s Comment
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Ah, only blind-side parking. That's a good one. How do people do that, anyway? Do you just use the blind spot mirror?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Here's one.... Trying To park and guy comes flying around corner I stop and phone drops into NEWLY used kitty litter. Now I'm wiping cat poop off my phone.

Word of advise.... Get an enclosed litter box if u have a cat -hhahh

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