With more trucks on the road than ever before, the need for overnight truck parking is at an all-time high. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are now shipping products across the country and the primary way those products get from point A to point B is via truck drivers.
However, there are time and safety restrictions which mean that drivers can’t quite work the long, overnight hours that they used to. In order to cut down on accidents and health concerns, truck drivers are often required to pull over and park for a certain amount of time before getting back on the road.
Big trucks can’t just park anywhere. Often, the only places they can park are designated industrial zones within towns and cities. Regular asphalt parking lots aren’t meant to handle traffic from big heavy trucks on a consistent basis, though, and will quickly break down under the weight and pressure of large vehicles.
There are plenty of opportunities for independent parties to build their own trucking lots and make money, but the right materials are needed for the job. If you’re interested in building a new overnight truck parking lot for drivers or updating your current one, let’s take a look at the best product for the job:
The weight of the average shipping truck is far greater than that of your average pickup truck, minivan, or car. Semi-trucks wreak havoc on regular asphalt or concrete lots, quickly breaking them down and leading to the need for costly repairs on a far-too-frequent basis. The only way to build a durable, long-lasting, and low-maintenance lot for overnight truck parking is to use permeable pavement.
TRUEGRID makes the highest quality permeable pavement products on the planet. Their pavers are UV-resistant, weather-resistant, and durable enough to handle the weight of daily 18 wheeler traffic.
They are made from 100% recycled plastic and filled with hard gravel, so they will not break down easily like asphalt and concrete. A TRUEGRID Pro Plus paver parking lot will last anywhere from 25 to 60 years, much longer than asphalt and concrete. TRUEGRID pavers also require almost zero maintenance.
Another reason why TRUEGRID permeable pavers are the go-to product for truck parking is that they act as their own drainage system. Stormwater drains directly through them and into the soil below, instead of pooling or being diverted into a drainage system. Installing a drainage system for an impermeable lot is an extra cost out of your pocket, and it cuts down on the amount of land you can use for actual parking.
Permeable pavers eliminate the need for a detention pond and other drainage features. This is substantial because overnight parking lots need to be large in order to accommodate the wide turning lanes and dimensions of shipping trucks, so the more land you can utilize, the better.