Sleeping On Ramps

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Wolverine's Comment
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Do any of you guys sleep on "on or off" ramps? I see this quite often and have almost been put into a position where I have no choice but to park and sleep on a ramp.

Would like to know if any of you guys do it, or am I out of my mind for considering this?

C T.'s Comment
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Absolutely not. Not only is it extremely dangerous, you can also get a ticket. An officer can wake you up and tell you to move anyway. Best thing you can do is plan ahead and park it early if you must to make sure you get yourself a spot. I don't know ow what you haul or what hours you operate but I'd avoid ramps for sure.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I take my 30 on ramps, only because it is hard to find a truck stop to park a set without blocking a fuel pump, and since I take my break when drivers are beginning to get up I do not want to be in the way.

I will only park on ones I know I can drive straight back across and get back on, and even then I do not like it because someone might tell me to move, other cars and trucks flying by me and any debris that likes to end up on the shoulder may cause a flat.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Never have and hope I never have to. I always plan where I will stop for the night. I will pay for a reserved spot if needed.

JuiceBox's Comment
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It was against my company policy and I know for a fact that other drivers in my company would look for drivers doing it and call safety. So aside from the unsafe and legal aspect, I never did.

There was one instance where I couldn't find parking anywhere and I had to park at a consignee(this consignee was not my customer for the load I was on) that has overnight parking and was in the area. I knew they were there though and it was the only reason I put myself in that situation.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Michael S.'s Comment
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Never have and hope I never have to. I always plan where I will stop for the night. I will pay for a reserved spot if needed.

What's this reserved spot thing I keep hearing, truck stops didn't have that option when I was out there last?

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Pilot/Flying J has some reserved spots at most locations. TA/Petro has converted most of their parking to paid parking. I have paid from $10 to $18 per night for parking. My company reimburses us for it.

Michael S.'s Comment
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Pilot/Flying J has some reserved spots at most locations. TA/Petro has converted most of their parking to paid parking. I have paid from $10 to $18 per night for parking. My company reimburses us for it.

Wow, good to know!

Susan D. 's Comment
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The important thing to remember about reserved parking, is you can reserve the space well in advance using that chains app.. either pilot/flyj or TA/Petro. You may pay with parking by using a credit card/debit card, or rewards points. Once you've reserved a spot, you pay for it at the time of the reservation and there are NO refunds. Check-in after 4pm.

Mik D.'s Comment
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My company doesn't reimburse for paid parking, but I will get it if showing up at 1am at a truck stop...

Company policy is not to park on ramps, I have violated this twice, I allowed myself to be rushed in trip planning one time, and another time spent an extra 2hr sleep break when I just crashed during the day(think I was burnt out)

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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