The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has launched a new research initiative to collect real-world information on the daily situations and challenges that truck drivers face in locating appropriate and safe parking. ATRI is recruiting drivers who will keep a 14-day diary of their truck parking issues.
The diaries ask drivers to record daily stops that relate to fuel and food stops, their 30-minute rest break and the mandated 10-hour break. Drivers will record the time and location of their stops, how long it took them to find available parking and other information about the location, amenities and why it was selected. Drivers will also log the amount of time they lost in their duty day if they parked before running out of hours simply to secure available parking.
The data collected in ATRI’s driver diaries will also build on existing knowledge of truck parking shortages by providing qualitative information on driver parking behavior as well as how parking uncertainty impacts the industry’s productivity.
“ATRI’s truck parking diaries represent a first-of-its-kind opportunity for drivers to document their truck parking issues. We all talk about how tough it is to find truck parking; ATRI is giving us the chance to document the issues on a national scale so that solutions can be identified and acted on,” said professional driver David Green of Werner Enterprises and one of the America’s Road Team Captains. “I am excited about completing my diary and I encourage my fellow drivers to also participate.”
Drivers who are interested in participating should click here to complete a brief prequalifying survey, or visit ATRI’s booth #40577 at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Selected drivers will be contacted by email to obtain the diary. The first 100 participants to return their completed Truck Parking Diary will receive a $50 VISA gift card.
Commercial drivers with questions about participating are encouraged to contact ATRI by email at [email protected]. ATRI emphasizes that the confidentiality of all participants and responses are that rigorously protected in its research. Any identifiable characteristics will be removed and findings will only be reported in the aggregate.