The contiguous U.S. is roughly 2,800 miles from east to west and 1,650 miles from north to south. Because the U.S. covers such a large area, truck drivers can expect to experience significant changes in roadways and driving conditions during long trips. Understanding the factors that make each region of the country unique can help you to make the best time while driving safely during your trucking career.
The Central South
The Central Southern region of the United States consists of Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. While much of this terrain is flat, soil conditions in Louisiana can make roads a challenge for truck drivers. In many places throughout Texas, the daytime and nighttime speed limits differ. This changeover in speed limit is one of the most common reasons speeding tickets are issued to truck drivers in Texas, so take note of the speed limit signs as you drive.
The Midwest refers to Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming. These states are known for their scenic terrain, which includes mountains, pine forests, and desert. However, these states are also known for brutal winters, so make sure you pack chains. There are also numerous weigh stations throughout this region, so budget enough time to stop at each. You may need to show your paperwork multiple times, as most stations don’t maintain communication with the others.
The California Region
California features many diverse landscapes as you travel the West Coast. Speed limits are strictly enforced, so don’t let yourself be pressured into going too fast. You may encounter limits as low as 35 mph heading into some heavily-populated cities. Depending on the region, you may encounter flat roads or steep hills, so be prepared to change your driving style as you traverse the state.
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