The Best And Worst Highways In The US For Truck Drivers
Truck driving definitely has its perks — the opportunity to travel, meet people from all over the country, and enjoy a sense of independence many workers in other industries don’t have. But when it comes to driving, there are a few highways that truckers love, and a few they avoid.
1. Tornado Alley
From mid-spring to early summer, driving through the US midwest can be harrowing. Hail, extreme wind, tornadoes, rain, and flooding can severely impact the driving experience through Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and the fringes of bordering states. Truckers avoid driving through these states when possible during tornado season.
2. I-64 in West Virginia
The beautiful scenery of West Virginia along I-64 is a draw for all truckers. The rolling green hills, beautiful sunsets, and picturesque landscape make this highway a pleasure to drive through. Not to mention the fact that it’s rarely overcrowded or congested.
3. Westbound From Montana To Idaho
The jaw-dropping snow-capped mountains, beautiful forests, and vast grasslands and marshes are a stunning sight to behold for truckers driving westbound from Montana to Idaho. During the fall season, the aspens turn vibrant gold and yellow and create an absolutely gorgeous landscape.
4. California Route 138
The wiggling sharp turns and grades of California Route 138 are a hard “no” for all experienced truckers. The route is often referred to as “Blood Alley”, for its high death toll and truckers would be wise to take an alternate route.
5. Dalton Highway in Alaska
The show “Ice Road Truckers” was inspired by the treacherous 240-mile road in Alaska that offers no services and extreme weather conditions. In fact, the lowest recorded temperature in the US was recorded near this highway. Though some truckers drive on this road for a living, it doesn’t mean they aren’t afraid.
6. I-285 in Atlanta
The I-285 in Atlanta sees nearly four fatal crashes per its 10 miles length. This high rate combined with congestion makes it a highway to avoid for many truckers.
7. Seward Highway in Alaska
This highway offers spectacular mountain and ocean views, along with easy driving and a sense of relaxation. Truckers enjoy this drive year round.