Driving Training

What Makes a Great Trucking Route?

Driving TrainingDecember 18, 2017

While it’s true that commercial truck drivers will drive all sorts of routes throughout their careers to get their jobs done, every driver has their favorite routes, as well as routes they would prefer to avoid if they had a choice. 

What makes one route ideal and another one a nightmare will often come down to a driver’s personal preferences. However, there are a few factors that most truck drivers would agree make for a great trucking route. The following five factors tend to make certain trucking routes more popular than others:

1. Route Length

Longer routes are usually preferred to shorter ones since many drivers are paid by the number of miles they drive. 

2. Traffic 
Traffic congestion is dreaded by everyone, especially truck drivers. Routes with heavy traffic increases the amount of time the driver is on the road, which heightens stress levels and leads to a higher chance of accidents. 

3. Trucker-Friendly Roads
Wide, well-maintained roads are easier on trucks and less stressful to drive on.

4. Alternative Routes
The best routes have a few good alternative routes available to take, in case the original route becomes difficult to navigate due to severe traffic, poor weather conditions, or another situation.

5. Scenery
Scenic variety can help drivers be calmer, reducing stress and making the driving experience much more enjoyable. Routes that have beautiful landscapes and/or high chances of seeing wildlife or other unique sights are preferred by most truck drivers.