A good night's rest is important for everyone, but it's especially vital for truck drivers. Lack of sleep can make it difficult to concentrate while driving, increasing the risk of accidents. Fortunately, there are a few ways truckers can improve their chances of getting a restful night's sleep on the road.
In most cases, long-haul truckers sleep in their trucks. This is because most of the trucks used for over-the-road (OTR) transport are equipped with a sleeper cab. The sleeper cab is a small room located behind the driver's seat and includes a bed, a heater for cold weather, and cabinets for storage. Most modern sleeper cabs also include a TV and other comfort features.
Local truckers do not use sleeper cabs because they don't travel as far as OTR drivers. In these rare instances where a local driver needs to stay away from home for a day or two, their company will arrange for them to stay in a motel.
Truckers should only park in areas that are designed for truck parking. This includes rest areas and truck stops. It is not safe to park in other places, like on the shoulder of a highway or exit ramp. This practice is often illegal and can result in a costly fine. Additionally, it's important for truckers to prepare their rigs before they park for the night. This includes locking up all valuables and securing their load per company regulations.