The large community of Trucker Path parking and planning app users continuously reports things like parking availability and reviews of truck stops, among other info, providing a look at what's going on across North America. This graphic illustrates parking availability reported at over 27,000 locations for one particular evening hour in mid-July.
Which are the busiest counties in North America in terms of truck stop congestion, and where might you find more tumbleweeds than trucks in those parking spots? Data from Trucker Path, maker of a popular parking and planning app for truck drivers, reveals the top 10 counties with the most — and least — busy truck stops.
Trucker Path has been building quite a useful data sample to determine this kind of information. The company says its free mobile app — described as crowd-sourced trip planning and resource locator software — is the most popular in the United States, with an active user community that in June surpassed 450,000, nearly a third of U.S. Class 8 truck drivers. The app lets drivers find and report on parking availability and also provides truck stop reviews, weigh station status and info on truck wash facilities.
Based on the app's crowd-sourced data, here are your top 10s:
LEAST BUSY, where less than 3% of truck drivers
MOST BUSY, where more than 60% of truck drivers
New load board app
The main Trucker Path app has been available since 2013, but just four months ago, Trucker Path launched its Truckloads load board/ transportation marketplace app. Truckloads has also marked a significant user milestone and recently topped 100,000 downloads, according to the company.
Truckloads allows freight companies to access available trucking capacity across North America and Canada, Trucker Path explains, and motor carriers can find and book loads and check free freight brokerage credit information. More than 400 freight brokers post some 1.2 million loads each month on Truckloads, the company says.
Here's one last tidbit: According to data from Truckloads, the top five states by loads posted on the app are Alabama, Texas, Georgia, Arkansas and North Carolina — right through the middle of the Bible Belt. During seasonal highs, the app now helps move 5-10% of all North American freight, Trucker Path says.