Parking is a daily issue for truck drivers. With freight traffic increasing on Canadian and U.S. roadways over the next couple of months, it is going to become more of a struggle for truck drivers to find safe and legal places to park.

When parking spaces are not available at known rest areas or truck stops drivers are often forced to park in unsafe locations or they run the risk of violating HOS rules.

During these months of increased freight traffic you may want to consider planning your day with early shut down time so that you can secure a safe place to park before the lots fill up.

There are some great apps for truck drivers that can help you locate safe parking on your route.

Allstays Truck Stops and Travel Plazas

Locate rest areas, truck stops and other lots that allow truck parking in Canada and the United States. From the more common Pilot Flying J to the Walmart’s that allow commercial vehicle parking in their lots this app has a lot to offer.

Trucker Path

Locate information about weight stations and truck stops which includes, number of truck parking spaces, address information, phone/fax numbers, number of scales, restaurants, type of truck care provided, transflo, weather, diesel prices and other amenities offered

MyDAT Trucker

Locate truck stops, diesel prices, hotels that accommodate big rig parking, all types of services for big rigs (towing, repair, etc.), Walmarts, rest stops and CAT Scales.

Using these apps will help you plan ahead and find safe locations to park when you’re in a bind. Remember to drive safely and HOS regulations cannot be violated to find parking.