Truckers across the state already have positive things to say about a new website, just recently rolled out by the Alabama Department of Public Safety and Transportation.
One driver referred to it as a trucker's friend. "It’s easy access; it gives you anything you want to do. You can click on different subject matters you want to know and it gives you info you need to know as a trucker," Truck Driver Sootekwa Williams said.
Williams has been driving along the roads of Alabama for years.
Thanks to the state's new website. Trucking.Alabama.gov, his journey just got a little easier. "I think it would be beneficial for every state in the union to have one, because there has been many places I have been through in the country and I didn't know where I could pull off when I get tired; or, where the bad stuff happens like snow that you want to know about,” he said. “So you can just relax for a while and be safe."
The site also allows you to pay for trip and fuel permits, and learn about road rules and regulations.
Alabama maps identify welcome centers, rest areas, and emergency road closures.
State troopers hope the website will prevent trucking accidents.
Corporal Mike Smith, with the Alabama Department of Public Safety said, "There are plenty of safety issues, drowsiness, you know, truck drivers get tired, [and] this allows them to log on and determine where rest areas are, where truck stops are so they can stop and rest."
The Web portal is a major tool for those passing through the state for the first time.
"They may be from other states and not aware of particular laws. For instance, your headlights on while it’s raining; some states do not have this law and if they are traveling into the state, they need to be aware that they need to put their lights on while driving," Corporal Smith said.
Since truck drivers travel with laptops and many rest stops have Wi-Fi, accessing the site won't be a problem for most drivers.
The website was fueled by Alabama Interactive, making it cost free to the state and Alabama residents, but some parts of the site are only accessible with a subscription.
CLICK on the link below to visit the site.
The site can also be helpful for others traveling across the state as well.