Truck driving is an unpredictable job in the sense that workers don’t have the luxury of being able to come home each night. When you’re a trucker, finding a great place to stay is always a struggle.
There are times when a trucker is required to drive for 16 hours or more to get to his destination. Some truck drivers need a place to stay in for the night because their trucks do not have sleeper berths in them. In other cases, truck drivers are required by their company to book the accommodations by themselves. In rare cases, the trucks themselves break down and the drivers need to stay somewhere safe before getting help.
Unfortunately, there are motels that will openly reject truckers and it’s hard to find a safe, secure, and affordable accommodation when you’re on the road. If you’re a trucker who’s out looking for the best motels to stay, what factors should you keep in mind and what can you expect from such accommodations? Consider these tips:
One of the many issues many truckers have with motels is that not a lot of motels offer spacious parking for big trucks. Most parking areas are designed for four- to six-wheel vehicles only. If the route you’re taking is popular among truckers, it’s much easier to find motels with parking for big trucks. If you’re in for a longer drive than usual at a route you’re not familiar with, we recommend preparing beforehand. Start by asking your fellow truckers which places offer a great place to stay in and do your own research too. Note that although some motels may advertise that they have truck parking, there’s the possibility of their parking not being big enough to accommodate your truck.
Use Google Maps
It’s one thing to ask other truckers where the best places to stay is around certain areas, it’s another to see the place yourself. If there’s no opportunity for you to survey the place on your own beforehand, then use Google Maps. Google Maps will provide you with overhead and street views of the motel you want to stay in. From there, you can see which route to take, the size of the parking, and the state of the place itself. You can also check out if the place has convenience stores nearby in case you are low on supplies and you want to stock up.
Most trucker motels offer free breakfast, some don’t. For those that do, the breakfast is included in the total charge for the room so you can look forward to having at least one good meal before booking yourself for the night. Most motel keepers will let you know if breakfast is included in the cost. If not, ask if there’s free meal included in the room charge, just to be on the safe side.
If you want hot meals during your stay, you can always order room service. Most trucker motels have their own restaurant with affordable meals to choose from.
Entertainment and Amenities
Some trucker motels offer anything from free Wi-Fi to cable TV and everything else in between. If you want to unwind during your stay, then choose a motel that offers these amenities.