ATRI recruiting participants for truck parking research

Drivers will keep a 14-day diary of daily stops

Posted March 24, 2016

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) launched a new research initiative to collect real-world information on the daily situations and challenges that truck drivers face in locating appropriate and safe parking. ATRI is recruiting drivers who will keep a 14-day diary of their truck parking issues.

The diaries ask drivers to record daily stops that relate to fuel and food stops, their 30-minute rest break and the mandated 10-hour break. Drivers will record the time and location of their stops, how long it took them to find available parking and other information about the location, amenities and why it was selected. Drivers will also log the amount of time they lost in their duty day if they parked before running out of hours simply to secure available parking.

The data collected in ATRI’s driver diaries will also build on existing knowledge of truck parking shortages by providing qualitative information on driver parking behavior as well as how parking uncertainty impacts the industry’s productivity.

Commercial drivers with questions about participating are encouraged to contact ATRI by email at

ATRI is the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization.


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