Professional driving in Europe differs greatly from trucking in the USA. This is due to the fact that Europe has more languages and cultures in a smaller geographical area. This does add variety to your days however it can make your work harder as you battle with countries speaking different languages, which can cause issues trying to get across borders quickly.
Europe has set working times that must be adhered to. These are set by the Europe Commission. There are rules about how long you can drive for in 24 hours as well as the total number of hours you can drive in a fortnight. There are also rules about the minimum rest periods you can have for daily and weekly drives. If you are driving haulage vehicles or passenger vehicles these rules still apply.
In the US the highways are well built for trucks however in Europe the roads can be a lot narrower and can be much harder to negotiate your way around. Due to the small amount of space as you can imagine the parking can be trickier after 7 pm as many of the truckers ‘in the know’ will have taken the best places to park. In Europe it is important to be mindful that other truckers may block you in.
Europe has a wide variety of food choices however it comes at a cost. Many European truckers plan out their stops so that they can park somewhere which has a car park large enough to house a truck. Countries such as Poland have limited choice in terms of restaurants and therefore the parking spots are in high demand. France and Germany are a little easier as they are more accommodating of truckers. The UK is very expensive when buying food and also a lot of the service stations will charge you to stop for longer than two hours.
Europe is vastly historical and there is therefore many opportunities to see iconic points such as the Eiffel tower. Europe may be expensive, difficult to park and provide you with language issues however no day will be the same as you meet people from different cultures and see some truly iconic sights.
Snooper is a company based in Europe who are specialists in truck sat navs.
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