4 Tips For Staying Safe When Sleeping At A Rest Area Or Truck Stop

As a truck driver, making sure that you get plenty of sleep is important. One way that you might typically do so while you're on the road is by sleeping in your rig at a rest area or truck stop. This can be more cost-effective than staying in a hotel, can allow you to stick close to your rig and can make it easy for you to hit the road in the morning, but it can be dangerous if you aren't careful. Luckily, following these tips can help you stay safe.

1. Install An Alarm 

If your truck and trailer don't already have one, it's wise to install an alarm system. Then, not only can you protect your haul when you're out of your truck, but you can also protect yourself when you're sleeping inside. Many newer trucks come with these systems already installed, but there are aftermarket systems that can be installed relatively affordably. 

2. Remember There's Safety In Numbers

When looking for a good place to park your rig for the night, consider finding out where all of the other truckers are planning on sleeping. If a rest stop or truck stop is empty, it can be a lot more dangerous. Parking near a group of other rigs that are stopping for the night can help you stay safe. Plus, you might meet some interesting people while you're stopped for the evening so that you can trade road stories.

3. Look For Lights

Once you have chosen your desired rest stop or truck stop, look for an area that is well-lit. If your truck is parked in a dark corner of a rest stop, it can be much more of a target than if you park in a well-lit area.

4. Lock Up Tight

It might seem like a no-brainer, but it's important to run a quick check of your truck before you fall asleep to make sure that your windows are closed tightly and that all of your locks are secured. This can provide you with peace of mind and can serve as another barrier of protection to keep you safe while you are resting.

Sleeping overnight in a rest stop or truck stop can be a smart move when you're tired from the road, but you want to make sure that you keep yourself safe. Luckily, following these four tips can help.

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