Hotel Truck Parking:
Yes, right turns can be tricky.
On April 27, 2012, we asked @CptMark1 on Twitter if we could use a couple of his photos on our site and he gave permission (link)(link). What if the trucker whose rig is pictured, instead of running his right trailer tires into a ditch had been trying to make a tight turn out of a hotel parking lot?
Based on the photo above, instead of open space near the corner, imagine that there was a vehicle parked there in a tight hotel parking lot when a trucker cut the corner too short. (Scrape! Crunch! Ouch!)
When that happens, a number of unpleasant things occur for the trucker, possibly including (but not limited to):
You would do well to avoid all of these from the beginning.
Money saving tip: The hotel truck parking situation has not yet been reviewed by Hotels4Truckers for every hotel, motel, inn, motor lodge, suite or overnight accommodation in the USA.
If the place where you plan to stay is not on their list and if you have a street address for that hotel, chances are good that you can use Google Maps with "satellite" view on to see if a particular accommodation has hotel truck parking. (Please note that Google Maps is not 100% accurate all of the time.)
Know what kind of parking situation you will encounter before you attempt to park there -- especially if you plan to arrive after dark. You don't want any surprises.
If you roll over and damage a curb at a hotel, you may be held financially responsible for the repair.
If you hit a vehicle, you may be held financially responsible for damage. It is the cowardly and dishonest thing to do to knowingly hit a vehicle but just keep going when you think no one is looking. Consider what you would be going through if a large truck hit your car while sitting in a hotel parking lot. Besides, scrape marks on both vehicles may be easy to match up.
When you have a blind spot, pull your truck's brakes and get out and look. It is better to spend a minute or two to make sure you have the clearance before you attempt to park or drive your truck.
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