As a professional truck driver, you’ll travel across the country, and drive though towns and cities you never knew existed, let alone thought you’d have a chance to see. You’ll probably see more sights and scenery than you ever thought possible…but can you actually go sightseeing as a professional truck driver?
In short, yes–but it’s almost impossible to plan for. You just have to go when the opportunity arises. Every once in a while, you’ll get to take your reset near a beach, football game or great local restaurant. When you do, take advantage of it!
So when it actually lines up that you are on reset in a cool place, how do you go about sightseeing?
First, check with your carrier.
Every company has different rules on bobtailing on personal time. A bobtail truck is a semi truck that travels from one point to another without a trailer. Bobtailing on personal time is known as personal conveyance. Trucking carriers have different rules on personal conveyance. Some ban it all together, while others put limitations on the distance you can drive.
If you are required to leave your truck in a “safe haven” while on reset, another option is finding a cheap car rental to enjoy the sights and local restaurants. You can always use Uber or Lyft if you don’t want to mess with renting a car!
You might want to rent a car or Uber or Lyft even if you are allowed to bobtail on personal time–parking can be difficult to find.
Let your dispatcher know.
Make sure you let your dispatcher know you’re taking your 34 hour reset so they don’t dispatch you anything.
Use travel resources.
If you know where you’re headed, stock up on local road maps to help you out in a pinch.
You can also use a trip planner like Roadtrippers.com or Trip Advisor to find attractions that are accessible by public transportation, or even within walking distance of your tuck terminal. You might even find some offbeat, strange, and unusual places to visit!
The amount of sightseeing you can do on your downtime depends on the rules your company sets. But if you can, take advantage of your resets and days off and go explore!