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Drive Smart: Rest Stop Safety

10 Rest Stop Safety Tips

When driving the highways, it is important for truck drivers and the general public to stay alert by taking frequent breaks to refuel, relax, and recharge. Rest stops are located all over the United States and are a great place to use the restroom, stretch your legs, or grab a bite to eat. While convenient, with the volume of traffic driving in and out of the rest area, they can also pose dangers for both truck drivers and the general public. 

We have gathered a list of 10 tips to keep in mind when visiting rest stops:

  1. When entering a rest stop area, drive cautiously and be aware of your surroundings.
    Watch for pedestrians, pets, and other vehicles.
  1. Make sure to have your headlights on at all times..
    so that your vehicle is seen by others, and you can see things in front of you clearly.
  1. Park in a well-lit area to ensure you are visible to others.
    This not only helps keep you safe, but also decreases your chances of a trip and fall accident.
  1. Keep your vehicle locked at all times.
    Keeping your doors locked when you are in or out of your vehicle ensures your safety.
  1. If entering a rest stop at night, truck drivers often need to park further away than the general public.
    Truck drivers can make themselves visible by carrying a flashlight or wearing a reflective vest. This ensures that you will stand out to others in the dark.
  1. Utilizing crosswalks is important everywhere, but especially at busy areas like rest stops.
    Vehicles will be coming and going, so using a crosswalk will not only help keep you safe, but also make it easier for you to cross the street.
  1. Use the buddy system!
    If someone is with you, make sure to stick together at all times when walking around the area.
  1. Always pay attention to your surroundings.
    Stay alert and do not get distracted by looking down at your phone or paperwork when walking around the area.
  1. Before hopping back inside your vehicle, check to make sure there is no damage...
    nothing lodged under the wheels, or anything suspicious around you.
  1. Exit the rest stop at a slow speed...
    making sure to closely watch your surroundings.

We care about your safety and want to make sure truck drivers and the general public are well prepared when traveling highways in the United States. Staying alert is essential to reaching your destination safely. Taking breaks to refuel, relax, and recharge will help you stay alert when driving long distances. In addition to our tips, choosing a rest stop that is well-lit, populated, and in good areas is a great way to ensure you stay safe.

Take a little bit of time before you depart to map out the rest stops that will work best for you and your route. Use this link to view the rest stops available in your state and where you are driving. >

Safe Travels!