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A truck stop is a commercial facility that provides fuel, parking and usually food and other services to long-haul trucks. They are usually located on or near a busy road and consist (at the very least) of a diesel grade fueling station with bays wide and tall enough for modern tractor/trailer rigs and have a large enough parking area to accommodate from five to over a hundred trucks or other heavy vehicles. Most truck stops also offer a convenience store specializing in trucker needs and a range of services for professional drivers to rest and refresh themselves, such as both fast food and sit-down restaurants, barber shops, health services, self-serve laundry and showers. Image File history File links Gnome-globe. ... Mountain road with hairpin turns in the French Alps For other uses, see Road (disambiguation). ... Diesel or diesel fuel is a specific fractional distillate of fuel oil (mostly petroleum) that is used as fuel in a diesel engine invented by German engineer Rudolf Diesel. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The driver of this DAF tractor with an auto-transport semi-trailer truck prepares to offload Å koda Octavia cars in Cardiff, Wales For other articles with similar names, see Lorry (disambiguation) and truck (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A trucker is a person who is employed as a truck driver (particularly of semi-trailers). ... Italian street, with laundry hung to dry Laundry can be: items of clothing and other textiles that require washing, the act of washing clothing and textiles, the room of a house in which this is done. ... It has been suggested that Steam shower be merged into this article or section. ...


Most long-haul tractors have sleeping berths, and to allow for comfortable sleeping many truckers have had to keep their diesel engines running for heating or cooling. Since a single diesel idling, let alone several, makes considerable noise and can be visibly polluting, they are often banned from such use near residential areas. Truck stops (along with public rest stops) provide the main places where truckers may rest peacefully, as required by the DOT regulations. Modern innovations, such as truck heaters and auxiliary power units are increasing, and some truck stops are also providing power, air conditioning, and communications through systems like IdleAire. Most chain truck stops also have WLAN internet access in their parking areas, though most are not free. Idle reduction—reducing the amount of fuel consumed by truck fleets during idling—is an ongoing economical and environmental effort.[1] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the United States, Canada and parts of Europe, a rest area, rest stop, service area, or service station is a public facility, located adjacent to a highway or interstate, at which drivers and passengers can eat and drink, take a stroll, let their children play in grassy park-like... The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is a federal Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with transportation. ... IdleAire Technologies Corporation is a company that provides in-cab services to truckers via centralized systems at truck stops around the United States. ... The notebook is connected to the wireless access point using a PCMCIA wireless card. ... Idle reduction is type of automobile emissions control aimed at reducing the amount of energy wasted by an idling vehicle. ...


While not closed to other drivers (referred to with varying degrees of friendliness or contempt as "four-wheelers"), special areas are frequently set aside for truckers. These areas may contain tables with phones so truckers can privately call families and conduct other business, bathrooms and showers, a television, high speed internet access for laptop computers, and internet kiosks. When there is an internet kiosk, usually it is placed between the "truckers only" area and the rest of the establishment. An Internet kiosk with a touchscreen in Vienna, Austria in 2005 An Internet kiosk is a terminal that provides public Internet access. ...


The smallest truck stops may consist of only a parking area, a fueling station and perhaps a diner restaurant. Larger truck stops may have convenience stores of various sizes, showers, a small video arcade and a TV/movie theater (usually just a projector with attached DVD player). The largest truck stops, like Iowa 80 (the largest in the world), may have several independent business operating under one roof catering to a wide range of travelers and may have several major and minor fast-food chains operating a small food court. Larger truck stops also tend to have full-service maintenance facilities for heavy trucks. Some truck stops operate motels or are adjacent to one. The refueling area almost always offers dual pumps, one on each side, so that large trucks can fill both tanks at once (the second pump is referred to as the "slave pump" or "satellite" pump). A diner in Freehold Borough, New Jersey This article is about a type of restaurant. ... Toms Restaurant, a restaurant in New York made familiar by Suzanne Vega and the television sitcom Seinfeld A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to order, to be consumed on the premises. ... It has been suggested that Steam shower be merged into this article or section. ... A video arcade (known as an amusement arcade in the United Kingdom) is a place where people play arcade video games. ... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... The facility features separate entrances for truckers and regular commuters. ... Holiday Inn Great Sign Exterior of a Howard Johnsons motor lodge. ...


The retail stores in large truck stops offer a large selection of 12-volt DC products, such as coffee makers, TV/VCR combos, toaster ovens, and frying pans primarily targeted towards truckers, who generally spend 26 to 27 days on the road full time. Likewise, such shops generally offer a wide selection of maps, road atlases, truck stop and freeway exit guides, truck accessories such as CB equipment and hazmat placards, movies, and audiobooks. Increasingly, as interstate truckers have become a large market for satellite radio, the retail store also sells various satellite radio receivers for both XM and Sirius as well as subscriptions to those services. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... A typical CB base station. ... A hazardous material (HAZMAT) is any solid, liquid, or gas that can cause harm to humans, other living organisms, or the environment due to being radioactive, flammable, explosive, toxic, corrosive, a biohazard, an oxidizer, an asphyxiant, or capable of causing severe allergic reactions. ... Cassette recording of Patrick OBrians The Mauritius Command An audio book is a recording of the contents of a book read aloud. ... A satellite radio or subscription radio (SR) is a digital radio signal that is broadcast by a communications satellite, which covers a much wider geographical range than terrestrial radio signals. ... XM may stand for: XM Satellite Radio, a United States broadcasting company. ... Sirius (α CMa / α Canis Majoris / Alpha Canis Majoris) (IPA: ) is the brightest star in the night-time sky with a visual apparent magnitude of −1. ...


The economics of truck stops have driven most all of the small, "mom and pop" operations that dotted the country in post-war times out of business and replaced them with large corporate chains or franchises. While truckers are a "captured market", since the trucks' sizes and local regulations vastly restrict where a trucker can spend money, land and equipment costs, and upkeep and maintenance are large and growing, requiring that it be made up by chain volume buying and an increasing quantity of customers. Some of the large truck stop chains have begun to cater to a wider range of the traveling public. In the late 1990s, Truckstops of America (T/A) changed its name to TravelCenters of America to reflect this marketing strategy. There is no exact distinction between "truck stop" and the newer term "travel center", but some differences are size, proximity to interstate highways and major roads, number of services, accessibility to automotive and RV travelers, and a certain extra emphasis on facility appearance. Many truck stops chains such as Flying J and T/A also serve the recreational vehicle market. Look up franchise in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Interstate Highways in the 48 contiguous states. ... A camper built on a light truck chassis. ...


Public image

Truck stops are often depicted in films and novels as being somewhat seedy places frequented by aggressive bikers, petty criminals, and prostitutes (e.g. the "lot lizards" in the JT LeRoy novel Sarah). This is in general an outdated stereotype, as most modern truck stops are generally clean and safe, becoming a "home away from home" for many truck drivers. However, it should be noted that most truck stops do reflect the social environment of the area they are in; consequently, one still occasionally finds seedy truck stops in seedy areas. Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... A variety of parked motorcycles A motorcycle or motorbike is a single-track, two-wheeled motor vehicle powered by an engine. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... A lot lizard is a slang term for a prostitute at a truck stop. ... Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy is the name used by an American author who originally published as Terminator and later JT LeRoy. ... Sarah is a story told by a 12-year-old boy called Cherry Vanilla. ...


See also

The facility features separate entrances for truckers and regular commuters. ... The term lay-by is used in the United Kingdom to describe a roadside parking or rest area for drivers. ... Rest stop redirects here. ... The Regency Cafe in Pimlico, London, is a well preserved 1950s greasy spoon cafe. ...

External links

  • Roady's Truck Stops
  • Iowa80
  • Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores
  • Flying J Truck Stops
  • Pilot Travel Centers
  • Road Ranger Travel Centers
  • TA Travel Centers
  • Sapp Bros. Truck Stops
  • Fifth Wheel Truck Stops
  • Truck Stop Electrification To Fight Pollution

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Truck stop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (428 words)
A truck stop is an eating establishment, usually located near a busy road, with a large parking area for trucks and other heavy vehicles.
Newer truck stops may offer several fast food outlets in addition to, or instead of a traditional sit down restaurant.
Truck stops are often depicted in films and novels as being somewhat seedy, and being frequented by aggressive bikers, petty criminals and prostitutes (e.g.
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