If you haven’t yet heard about the Trucker Path app, you should consider having a look. It’s one of those helpful little tools that we love to highlight in our coverage of lifestyles and developments in the transportation industry on the Smith Transport blog. Trucker Path bills itself as “the tool truckers use to tell each other about parking, weigh stations, and stops that matter for life on the road.”
And not too long ago, the folks behind the application released their helpful list of the top truck stops across the country. According to their article on the subject, they utilized information provided by drivers using the app to rank truck stops on a five-point scale. They ended up analyzing the results of more than 71,000 individual ratings to see which stops topped the list. Here are the 12 top picks:
- Busy Bee — Live Oak, Florida
- Tullo Truck Stop Inc. — Kearny, New Jersey
- Travel Express — Lathrop, Missouri
- Pilot Travel Center — Childress, Texas
- Love’s Lenoir City #480 — Lenoir City, Tennessee
- Pilot Fuel Stop — Roosevelt, Utah
- Newborn Truck Stop — Tallapoosa, Georgia
- Gateway TP – Exxon — Carthage, Texas
- Lisa’s Truck Center — Moriarty, New Mexico
- Mobil — Little Chute, Wisconsin
- Kewanee One Stop — Toomsuba, Mississippi
- Love’s Grand Junction — Grand Junction, Colorado
So what made these stops the best? You wouldn’t be surprised, but clean restrooms, plenty of useful parking, good food, and friendly faces were among the favorite factors. And while the study found “mom and pop” stops to be ranked generally higher than others, many of the big names made the list too. Want to see if your favorite truck stop made the cut? Check the full list along with addresses and other contact info at the source.
Fun studies like these, made possible by a super-useful, free application are a great example of the way technology is improving the lives of professional truck drivers. No longer are we dependent on word of mouth or tips from a nearby driver on the CB. Technology is making this industry safer, smarter, more efficient every day.
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