This blog has been split into 2 parts, as the big cities along the I-95 corridor are in a different class than those east of I-95
We’ve gone over trip planning before, so if you’re just transiting a big city, such as Chicago IL, Houston TX, Kansas City, Oklahoma City or Dallas-Fort Worth to name a few, just stick to the interstate and you’ll be fine. If you have to pick up or deliver in any big city, it can quickly become a challenging and very stressful event.
When you get a pickup or delivery in a big city, and you will if you haven’t already, be sure to call the customer and ask for a routing from the interstate to their location. Do not trust Google or Apple Maps, or any mapping application on your mobile device, nor your GPS, even a truck specific GPS. Mapping software on your mobile device is for personal vehicles, not trucks, and it could easily route you under a low bridge, or across a bridge with a reduced weight capacity or down a street that is not a truck route. One driver following a map from a trucking road atlas got himself stuck under a low bridge because he just looked at the map, saw a direct route and off he went. He didn’t check the listing in the road atlas for low clearances and restricted routes, and he paid the price. Always always ALWAYS call the customer for directions, and even then, be aware of your surroundings, and vehicle dimensions. Even taking all the precautions, you could still find yourself in a bit of a pickle, and as the driver, any incident you cause, you are held responsible for.