Without interstates and without our CDL truck drivers, we wouldn’t be able to get supplies and goods across the country. And if you’ve seen it on a shelf to buy, a CDL truck driver probably brought it there! They spend the majority of their days driving semis along America’s interstates, moving cargo from coast to coast.
Just as with any driving job, CDL truck drivers prefer to drive certain routes and avoid others if they can. Here are those common routes and why truck drivers like or dislike traveling them.
The Routes Truck Drivers Prefer
A company named Software Advice (SA) wanted to better visualize the trucker’s journey and so they asked truck drivers about their favorite and least-favorite routes.1 One of their biggest findings was that the truck drivers they polled preferred longer trips to and from Florida. The results showed truckers prefer to head up the east coast or else travel west towards California from the Sunshine State.
Truck drivers are usually paid by the mile. It would make sense, then, that longer distances are liked more because of the money that can be earned! The results also found that truck drivers preferred rural areas rather than big cities. When you make money by keeping your truck moving, no one wants to get slowed down by city traffic!
SA reports, “we found that the average length of their favorite trips was 1,055 miles, while the average lengths of their least favorite and most common trips were 757 miles and 670 miles, respectively.”1
The Routes Truck Drivers Like The Least
As we mentioned earlier, when you make your earning by traveling, you don’t want to be slowed down by traffic. Shorter distances might mean smaller paychecks. It isn’t very surprising that major cities and large traffic hubs aren’t the first choice of CDL truck drivers.
Bad weather, however, doesn’t care if truckers are driving near a city or in the middle of nowhere. That’s why so many of the truck drivers that were polled said their least favorite routes were from areas of the “Rust Belt” to the Northeast. The Rust Belt is a term for an area of the northeastern United States (places like Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana all the way to New England). The area is very populated and has some of the most difficult weather in the country.
Famous Trucking Stops Across the Country
595 Truck Stop
The famous 595 truck stop in Davie, FL offers a lot of 24 hours services to truck drivers. On-site security keeps the area safe for resting truckers day or night. The truck stop even features 24-hour emergency roadside service. 595 has a massive lot for trucks (they say it’s the largest in the Southeast!) and 12 fueling lanes. The stop also has a diner, convenience store, service station, radio shop, truck wash, a full sports bar, and a chrome shop.2 One of the best spots around for those truckers with routes in the south!
Iowa 80 Truck Stop
Many experienced truck drivers know about the Iowa 80 truck stop. Why? Because it has nearly every service a truck driver could ever need for their travels! Sure, it has the necessities like a massive truck parking lot, a service center, restaurants, and a place to wash your truck. It goes the extra mile, though, by offering conveniences like a museum, a truck showroom, a library, a theater, a chiropractor, a dentist, and a barbershop. They even have a place to have your ride-along pets cleaned up for the road!3
South of the Border
South of the Border is another well-known trucking stop famous for its unique character and its iconic look. Located in South Carolina, the South of the Border landmark sombrero calls all truckers to rest and have a delicious meal! Truckers can park their vehicles with the safety of 24/7 security and shop at a number of convenient stores. And if you’re in need of a thrill, South of the Border offers such attractions as Reptile Lagoon (snakes, crocodiles, alligators, and turtles), the Sombrero Tower (over 200 feet high), and arcade games and attractions at Pedroland.4
Interested In a Trucking Career?
There are plenty of opportunities to earn great pay and benefits after you get your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). We can help you prepare to earn your license as well as prepare for a trucking career! Roadmaster has trained thousands of truck drivers through our comprehensive CDL course. Want to know more? Explore our blog and discover things like what is a CDL and how much money do truck drivers make.
*wage information provided by Werner Enterprises