ATRI: Drivers Find Truck Parking Signs Useful – Drivers
Many states use variable message signs to give commercial truck drivers information about the parking available for trucks, including the distance to the parking area and the number of open parking spaces.
While 70% of drivers surveyed by the American Transportation Research Institute in 2019 said they saw message boards with information about truck parking, roughly 66% of long-haul drivers said they were helpful for find parking.
Newer drivers have found the Truck Parking VMS to be more useful than drivers with at least 11 years of driving experience. Anecdotally, how useful the data is is likely related to the perceived accuracy of the technology, ATRI officials said in a recently released report, which summarizes the results of a 2019 survey of the technology. over 1,100 drivers.
For all respondents, the accuracy of the VMS on truck parking was seen as extremely important. And the majority of long-haul, inter-regional and regional operators have found them accurate.
Almost 47% of respondents said they took action based on the VMS, while around 53% of respondents said they did not take action.
According to ATRI, about 14% of drivers rely exclusively on variable message signs to access truck parking availability, and nearly 33% use both truck parking applications and variable message signs.
Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, and Michigan were the states listed with the most frequent VMS sightings.
In 2019, ATRI’s Research Advisory Board developed and conducted the Truck Driver Survey Online and at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The results were published as a report on how truck drivers are currently using truck parking availability systems and their views on how truck parking information is disseminated.