At Melton, we recognize that the holidays are often a difficult time of the year for our drivers. The demands of their job and sacrifices required to excel in their professional careers require tremendous dedication and an excellent work ethic. Although spending a holiday on the road is not ideal, we encourage our drivers to reach out to their trucking community and spend the holiday with their family away from home. For visiting with family members at home, modern technology such as video calling and social media has made life on the road a bit easier during the holidays. Schedule time to video call loved ones during Thanksgiving Day and check up on friends through social media to bring a piece of home to the road.
This Thanksgiving, Melton wants to provide the needed information and tips for any driver spending the holidays driving. From safety, travelling, and even free meals at some locations, here are some helpful Thanksgiving Day tips to know.
Holiday truck stop hours:
Numerous truck stops across the country are known to stay open through Thanksgiving Day, or at least a portion of the holiday. Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers as well as Love’s Travel Stops will certainly be open. Do research to see what truck stops are going to be open during your trip planning process.
Where to find your Thanksgiving meal:
- Two independent truck stops are offering free meals to truckers in Idaho and Wyoming. The Boise Stage Stop located on I-84 at Exit 71 in Boise, Idaho and the Cowboy Café located at Exit 41 in Lyman, Wyoming are both giving free meals to those with a valid CDL license.
- Search the internet for locations in your area serving hot Thanksgiving meals such as churches and community organizations.
- You can also reserve a car service, such as Uber or Lyft, to take you to the nearest meal available.
- Some of our Tulsa terminal folks will be serving meals to our drivers who are set to arrive on Thanksgiving as well.
As with any major holiday, CDL drivers should be aware of increased congestion on the roadways and take necessary precautions. Accounting for 89% of all travel, driving is the main form of transportation this holiday season and it is estimated that over 50.9 million Americans will be using their vehicle to arrive to their Thanksgiving destination. Larger metropolitan areas will certainly see delays, especially in the early evening hours. Stay aware of the conditions, be patient, and safe while driving!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!