How Do You Guys Plan Your Stop For The Night?

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Harvest's Comment
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I’m trying to get better on my trip planning. Thanks to truckerspath it is making it very easy to pick what truck stop I want to go to. However sometimes I question how much time I left on the clock for my 11. Lately I’ve been trying to find a place to stop at around the 2-1.5 hour mark. I’m just afraid if I stretch it out too much I may find myself in a situation where I run out of hours and have nowhere to go. I am just curious of your strategy when it comes to this. I don’t want to be quitin early if it’s not the norm. I want to be the best darn trucker I can be.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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I have several methods I use. Like you, about the 2 hour remaining mark I see what's ahead and stop when I get to either a stop with spots left be it truckstop, rest area or weight station. Sometimes it depends on what time my delivery/pickup time is. I generally try to stop as close to 10-11 drive as possible on longer runs. Sometimes you have no choice to leave a few hours for the next day and stop because there's no place to park any closer to where you are going. I dont ever preplan my parking at the beginning of my trip like some do mostly because a lot can change in 8-14 hours. I've only paid for parking a couple times, never parked on the highway or on/off ramps. Something generally opens up even in full lots since people are coming and going at all times. Sometimes in certain areas I will park earlier (so long as my delivery time allows) in areas I know will be hard to find a spot after a certain time, some areas i know well enough to know there will be spots open at midnight. Also Saturday and Sunday generally have more available parking due to those on weekend hometime.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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I start early, then I park early.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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Keep doing it the way your doing it. There’s nothing wrong with shutting down with time left your first whole year.

Wild-Bill's Comment
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I try to start early to stop early like PackRat. but this last week my delivery times were all over the board and prevented that. I write down the truck stop that I'm shooting for as well as the 3-4 before and 1-2 after. as I'm closing in on it, I can double check truckerpath and my HOS time remaining to decide on my final stop. I also bought a cheap pocket truck stop guide and make notes next to ones I like and don't like for future reference.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Iron9s's Comment
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I hit the road 3-4 in the morning this way I always have my pick of spots and a no wait on the showers.

TCB's Comment
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Before I start driving for the day, l plan like Wild-Bill, for a target stop, and some before, and some after. I reevaluate on my 30 and make adjustments if need be. I to like to start early, about 4am, but lately, it’s been about 6 am because I have been on icy backroads and I need daylight to watch for ice. Sometimes, I have to park with three hours on my clock because the next stop area is three or more hours away.

Jamie's Comment
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I generally decide on where I'm going to park during my 30 minute break, and even sometimes I'll pay for a spot ahead of time depending on the area, and how late I'm going to be showing up. But since Crete allows us to use PC unlike Schneider did, I dont stress over parking as much since I can always PC to the next place if need be.

There are a lot of times I roll into a place with anywhere between 10 minutes to 45 minutes left on my drive time.

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PackRat's Comment
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I rely heavily on my Truck Stop Guide. Add notes as needed, too. Things like how good the parking is, restaurants, ones to avoid, scales with parking, etc.

I always have several plans on where I am going to park. Usually plans "A through E", because things can (and will) change every single day.

Brandon Kitts's Comment
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I start early so I can stop early like others. Sometimes I may have to sleep at the steel mill lot but it happens. Usually when I have about 3 or 4 hours left on my day I pull into the nearest rest area and pull up trucker path. From there I look at my options. If I'm not in a need of a shower I prefer to sleep in rest areas since i keep food in the truck with me. I just picked up a microwave since I'm currently on home time and that will increase my gourmet options. Lol

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