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Where are the highest-rated trucking corridors in 2024?

June 6, 2024
According to Trucker Path, the highest-rated interstate roadways need to have strong parking availability, truck-stop amenities, and competitive fuel pricing.

Trucker Path, a company which focuses on driver, broker, and fleet management solutions, released a ranking of the top-rated major U.S. trucking corridors. The ratings, which are based on parking availability, truck stop ratings, and fuel prices, highlighted I-90, I-5, and I-44 as most friendly to drivers.

"We hope this report is helpful for drivers when considering the loads they move and/or the lanes they want to run," said Chris Oliver, chief marketing officer for Trucker Path. "Our primary mission at Trucker Path is to help make 'a day in the life' of every trucker a little easier and more comfortable while also giving them valuable tools to help them be safe and cost-efficient as a business."

I-90, I-5, and I-44 all rated in the 90’s based on Trucker Path’s system. The company rated I-90 at 93.5, I-5 at 92.97, and I-44 at 92.72. Additionally, 19 other highways ranked above an 85.

To obtain this data, Trucker Path utilized trucker rates and reviews from their app. "We get in excess of 20 million inputs (ratings & reviews) from truckers every month," Oliver stated.

Parking availability and truck stop ratings specifically came from Trucker Path's app throughout 2023, while their fuel price data came directly from truck stops, fueling locations, and data from ProMiles. Each category was weighted differently in the rankings based on their importance to the trucking industry.

"We selected Parking Availability and Fuel Prices because they are 2 of the most impactful factors to a driver/owner-operators daily life and their businesses," Oliver explained. "Truck Stop/POI ratings were included because it’s an excellent measure of the overall trucker experience at the places they stop when traveling each corridor."

Due to parking’s importance, safe, accessible space availability was weighted at 45% in Trucker Path’s insterstate rankings. Although truck parking has improved from 2021-2023 according to the company, it also found that across the country, 9% of areas had no spaces available during the day in 2023 and 26% had no spaces available at night.

While Congress did introduce a bill to assist with the issue with the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act, Oliver did not anticipate that truck parking will be an easily solved problem.

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“[Parking] is not something that gets fixed quickly and easily,” Oliver told Fleet Maintenance’s sister publication, FleetOwner. “I think the raised awareness will certainly contribute to it not getting worse, but I don't expect it to magically improve and become amazing this year.”

Meanwhile, truck stop amenities were weighted at 27.5% in Trucker Path's ratings. In another study from the organization, which polled over 500 drivers, the top five amenities for truck stops include abundant parking (86.3%), clean showers (67.5%), on-site restaurants (46.6%), a good healthy/fresh food selection (40.7%), and 24/7 truck maintenance services (29.2%).

Finally, Trucker Path weighted average fuel prices at 27.5% in their highway corridor rankings. although diesel fuel costs have been decreasing across the country since mid-February according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the national average is still $3.726 per gallon. This price can stack up quickly, especially when fuel costs are higher than this average along the East Coast ($3.853 per gallon) and the West Coast ($4.429 per gallon including California, and $3.960 without).

About the Author

Alex Keenan

Alex Keenan is an Associate Editor for Fleet Maintenance magazine. She has written on a variety of topics for the past several years and recently joined the transportation industry, reviewing content covering technician challenges and breaking industry news. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

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