Data reveals where truckers are parking at roadside

New Brunswick and Ontario are home to six of the top nine spots where truckers park on the side of the road to rest, according to video telematics company Lytx, which ran a report for

The company says a listing of the most frequently parked at roadsides indicates where drivers struggle to find safe parking and where truck parking may be badly needed.

List of top parking spots
(Source: Lytx)

Asked when roadside parking is most commonly resorted to, the company told, “We found that parked behavior typically peaks at 3 a.m., and has been highest on Thursdays, before tapering off on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday has the least number of events. As for time of day, 10 p.m. typically has the lowest instances.”

Lytx analyzed nearly 50,000 “truck parking events” during a two-week period in October, noting that risky parking remains a major concern for the industry and road safety.

Truck parked on side of road
Lytx has revealed roadsides in the U.S. and Canada where truckers are resorting to parking for rest. (Photo: iStock)

“Trucks parked along the side of the highway or off-ramp cause accidents, leading to injuries and increased insurance costs,” Lytx said in a release accompanying the data. In the U.S., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia were the states where truckers most frequently parked on the side of the road.

Here is the complete list for the U.S.:

  1. I 78/US 22 West in Greenwich Township, Pennsylvania
  2. Ramp from NJ 3 North to Lighting Way in Hudson County, New Jersey
  3. KY 4 West in Lexington, Kentucky
  4. I 95 South in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  5. I 95 South in New Castle County, Delaware
  6. I 85 South in Jefferson, Georgia
  7. I 75 North in Atlanta, Georgia
  8. US 95 in Humboldt County, Nevada
  9. NJ 19 South in Paterson, New Jersey
  10. NJ 70 East in Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey
  11. SC 9 North in Marlboro County, South Carolina
  12. I 75 South in Atlanta, Georgia
  13. US 13 North in Kent County, Delaware
  14. FL 997 North in Miami-Dade County, Florida
  15. I 85 South in Jackson County, Georgia
  16. US 95 North in Yuma County, Arizona
  17. VA 110 East in Arlington County, Virginia
  18. I 95/NJTP South in Middlesex County, New Jersey
  19. I 5 South in Los Angeles County, California
  20. US 49W in Humphreys County, Mississippi
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James Menzies is editorial director of Today's Trucking and He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 24 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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  • Ont has a major problem of parking for drivers when they get sick and need to go to get medical care. One homeless shelter in huron county is obly giving sick and injured 1 smalk meal a day resulting in several people ending up in E Rs . The current ont gov will not fix the the industry needs to find a solution. I and others from non profits are trying to work with the trucking industry on this and other driver issues to reduce turn over and getting disabke truck drivers safe parking and other needed items

  • It took all that time to realize that the trucking industry is not well represented parking on the side of the roar always represent a huge danger and without parking lights on due to the no idle and perhaps a no parking zone well indicated with signs it don’t stop a driver under FATIGUE to park and rest and recuperate to be able to be alert for doing a safe job.
    Canada all over is not so great at all for truck parking and if there is some they got no toilet very friendly aproache to convince drivers to drive away.
    In the USA and been doing Eastern way it is much better but too many trucks and not enough room to park so side of the road become a good spot for sleeping or onto an off ramp not better you might say but ok to get some rest.
    In the USA if you want a parking spot at a truck stop you got to be there at 1500 hour and 10 hours later you good to go it you want to drive in the night light ( not my cup of tea) So I end up searching for a parking spot using the PC section of the rule and drive till find a safe place and enter it in the ELG . In the USA you could move with your trailer attach but not in Canada I think.

  • If they can build snow plow turn arounds why can’t they build rest areas like the Southern states have? These are also used by passenger vehicles as all drivers need rest from fatigue or weather events.

    This also makes me question how safe ELD’s are when a driver can’t make it to a safe location to rest because the app says he/she must pull over.

    • Read the part of what it is saying on the site of FMCSA and type PC and you will be surprise.
      I watch an ex USA DOT officer giving the course about this subject and it became very interesting believe me.

  • There is a lack of decent sized facilities in southern Ontario along the 401.
    In summer, you have to contend with people in small cars and tiny trailers taking a spot for a highway tractor and 53 foot trailer.
    Some could easily park in the car area but they feel they must be big time truck drivers because of a trailer.
    Truck parking is a joke.

  • I started my career and trucking in March of 2022. seeing it from this side, I realize how little infrastructure there was put in place prior to the regulation changes in Canada with respect to hours of service etc. I travel 90% through the USA and find truck stops or rest areas suitable for truck parking every 30 to 40 miles. where is in Canada you rarely find suitable truck parking or rest areas where trucks are allowed therefore you are forced to find parking in gas stations mall parking lots and sides of roads which is ridiculous. The Trans-Canada Highway is comparable to a secondary side road in the USA. very little lighting poorly and surfaced roads. Ministry of transportation and highways in Canada needs to re-evaluate their focus on the industry to ensure adequate resources are set aside to improve our roadways. Provide reasonable facilities that accommodate tractor trailers with clean, heated maintained restrooms, eating facilities and secure parking. I would also suggest they consider putting the infrastructure in place for electric vehicles before mandating all vehicles are electric by 2035 or we’ll have similar issues. I hold the current Trudeau liberal government accountable for not placing enough focus on Canadian infrastructure.