Updated: Dec 17, 2021
As convenient as truck stops can be for truckers and travelers alike, they can also be treacherous and dangerous, especially for truck drivers. Truck stops are rampant with crime especially theft. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe while at truck stops on the road.
Don’t talk about your load
A careless mistake to make is talking about your load. Whether you are talking to people at a truck stop or on the phone, keep details about what you are carrying, out of the conversation. You never know who could be listening. Thieves lurk at truck stops and often prey on truck drivers to steal valuable loads they are carrying. Be smart, and move silently.
Keep your truck locked at all times
This one should go without saying, but I'll say it anyway: Never leave your truck unlocked! Whether you are in the truck or not it is always best to keep it locked. Like I said earlier, thieves often prey on truck drivers. They may try to deceive you to get you to open up your door, or simply try to follow you back to your truck. Don’t linger around longer than you have to and when you're done, get back to your truck and lock up.
Lock and strap yourself in
For extra security, some veteran drivers suggest tying a 10ft ratchet strap through each door handle essentially tying them together. If you do not have a ratchet strap, an alternative is that you can loop the seatbelt through the door handle and buckle it. Then, pull the strap out and allow it to retract to the seatbelt locks in place. Repeat on the other side.
These are just a few helpful tips to keep you safe. You may want to explore other options as well such as concealable self-defense weapons. Whatever you decide to do, just be sure you stay aware of your surroundings and stay safe.