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Famous Highways in the US

Monday, April 15th, 2019

We are all in our little corner of the world. It is easy to forget all the people, places, culture, and scenery that exists out in the world, let alone the US. While some may choose planes to get from destination to destination, others prefer the wide-open-roads. And for those people, they may want to bring their attention here. There are interstate highways, US numbered highways, state highways, country highways. Below are the top six famous highways not to miss, whether it’s a family road trip vacation, a trucker’s map of the must have routes to deliver their loads, or a time to be alone and soak in all the quiet. Get ready to start planning!

Pacific Coast Highway

Also known as PCH, US 1, State Route 1, Highway 1. Whatever name used, it is iconic nonetheless. This gorgeous, iconic highway will take over all the senses. If picture perfect views of never-ending oceans, mansion-covered hills, and mountains galore are desired, look no further.  A highway with countless amounts of buzz and praise, once seen, there is no way the praise won’t be understood. It’s always encouraged to drive the 650+ miles through the entire PCH, giving around 6 days to see it all. Starting in San Diego and finishing in San Francisco/Big Sur, the experiences of different cultures, foods, views, and people will bring memories to last forever. This famous highway is too good not to be on the bucket list for 2019.

Overseas Highway

Also known at US 1 or Route 1. On the other side of the US, there is the Atlantic Coast. It’s there where the Seven Mile Bridge is located. This bridge is connected to other bridges, extending about 113 miles long in Florida. It’s one of those sights one would need to see to believe.  Two parallel highways, surrounded by nothing but blue ocean. Can you picture it? This Overseas Highway has been the set of movies, car races, and the only connection to several islands. At one end, Florida Keys. The other? Miami. Museums, state and national parks, winning fishing sights, it all will almost be as good as those sunrises and sunsets. Pure serenity.

Route 66

It doesn’t get any more famous than Route 66. The ‘Historic‘ Route 66, constructed in 1926. “The Mother Road.” Chances are this famous highway is ringing some bells. Route 66 begins in Chicago and goes through SIX states (Santa Monica, California. Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona) before reaching its stopping point. It’s symbol is famous. It’s been in famous movies and books. The bet is safe to say that people have seen this highway somewhere. AND this iconic highway was, and still is, ideal for truckers because of the basically straight shot across all states. Very suitable for those behind the 18-wheelers.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Nature at its absolute finest. This famous highway has every source of landscape; meadows, farmland, mountains. Follow the windy roads to see some of the oldest mountains (Great Smoky Mountains) or stop to take a hike at some of the key trails along the 469 miles of this famous highway. There is indeed something for everyone. Virginia and North Carolina is the destination to book for a relaxing, breathtaking road trip.

Great River Road

Some say this is the longest AND most scenic highway in the US. With the iconic Mississippi River on one side and the changing of scenery on another, making through the 10 states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana) will be anything but boring.  Covering a radius of 3,000 miles, it takes 36 hours to go through…nonstop. With so much to see, it may be the best to pick the cultural and city attractions that stand out the most. A little known fact; the Great Lakes became what it is today because of an area that was completely covered during the Ice Age.

Highway 12 – Utah

Utah and red rock. Surrounded by gorgeous greenery. Staggering, spectacular, stunning…they all work! Boulder Mountain on one end and Bryce Canyon on the other. Many updates have happened on this road, to ease driving routes and extensions to other destinations. Also known as “A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway,” these 122 miles will provide enough red rock cliffs for a lifetime.

Pacific-Coast-Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

Overseas Highway

Route 66

Blue Ridge Parkway

Great River Road

Highway 12 – Utah

 

There it is. Six of the most famous highways in the United States. Not sure which place to visit first? Makes sense. To the truckers and drivers of the world, keep a close eye on where the routes are scheduled so there is no way to miss any of these unbelievable sights. Although Allstate doesn’t have drivers for long distances, if the shorter ones are more attractive, look no further.  If crossing over states, over many hours is a possibility for the future, hopefully this will help.

Famous Trucker Songs – Old Songs and New

Thursday, March 28th, 2019
Famous Trucker Songs

April is right around the corner. This means sun shining, windows down, music loud. Are you picturing it yet? Okay, now you’ve turned on your Spotify playlist filled with the best trucker songs of all time; some new, some old, all awesome. Now you’re really in a good mood!

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Regional, OTR, or Vocational Trucking: What’s Right for You

Friday, September 7th, 2018
Three types of trucking - Regional Over the Road Vocational Trucks

Regional, OTR, or Vocational Trucking: What’s Right for You

Truck driving is a popular occupation and it’s important to weigh your options and find what the best fit is for you. There are three main types of trucking:

  1. REGIONAL – This typically involves day trips – often a maximum of one or two nights out. A driver may run areas anywhere from a few city/counties to a few states.
  2. OVER THE ROAD (OTR) – A long-haul otr driver can spend weeks at a time on the road, with coast-to-coast loads.
  3. VOCATIONAL – Vocational drives take care of specific jobs or tasks. This category includes anywhere from dump trucks, end-dumps & side-dumps, belly dumps, refuse (garbage trucks and roll-offs), concrete trucks, service trucks, rail trucks- and the list goes on. These types of rigs are often found in construction sites, oil fields, landfills, and more.

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Truck Maintenance Checklist for Winter

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Checklist for Winter Truck Maintenance

With the coldest months of winter upon us, it’s important to prepare your trucks for extreme cold temperatures. Extreme cold may impact the aftertreatment system heat management, which could impact the efficiency of your truck if not maintained properly.

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Find Out How to Get Behind the Wheel of a Commercial Truck

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Steps to becoming a commercial truck driver

Anyone considering a career in commercial trucking will need to go through the proper training and education. There are several important steps to becoming a commercial truck driver that interested parties will need to take before getting behind the wheel. (more…)

How Does Traffic Congestion Affect Commercial Trucking?

Friday, July 14th, 2017
How does traffic congestion affect commercial trucking?

Traffic jams are incredibly irritating for many Americans. As long as we have driven cars, it seems as though we have all been driving to the same place at the same time. This leads to traffic congestion and stress for many drivers. All of this traffic has a significant impact on the commercial trucking industry. So how does traffic congestion affect commercial trucking? (more…)

Warranty Options When Purchasing Pre-Owned

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
Used Peterbilt models

By Bill Maki
Used Truck Manager
Allstate Peterbilt Group

Recently, a host of companies offering extended warranties on pre-owned units entered the used truck market. Most of these programs include a limited mechanical breakdown warranty and require an inspection. So, how do you know if an extended warranty is worth the additional cost? Or which type is best for you? (more…)

Tips to Keep Your Truck Running in Cold Weather

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

By Dana Dagen
Regional Service Manager
Allstate Peterbilt Group

Being in the trucking industry, we are all more than aware of the headaches cold weather can create for drivers and maintenance managers alike. Most industry veterans are very familiar with the havoc that winter can cause for a truck’s fundamental components. However, many of us are not as comfortable with the newer technology of the engine and aftertreament systems that are ever evolving. (more…)

Planning for the Next Round of Emission Regulations “GHG Phase 2”

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

By Tom Wentworth
General Sales Manager
Allstate Peterbilt Group
Have you ever thought it would have been nice to have a “do over” on how you planned for 2007 and the first DPF trucks required by the EPA? If so, Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 may provide you with your chance. By the time you read this president Obama will most likely have signed the latest emission reduction proposal into law. It may be worth a quick google search of the topic which will provide you with dozens of articles detailing the new requirements. (more…)

Maintenance Recommendations for Aftertreatment Uptime

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

By Tony Rich
Service Technician
Allstate Peterbilt Group

If you have 2010 or newer units in your fleet, you already know there are additional requirements for maintaining the aftertreatment system. But, are you aware of the recommended maintenance schedules for ALL of the components? Staying ahead of these practices will not only help you increase uptime, but prevent significant repair costs. (more…)

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