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Where do truck drivers shower? And other common questions

The inside of a shower stall at a truck stop.

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If you’re new to the trucking industry, the process of finding a shower, paying for it and even the act of showering can feel daunting. If you’re really new, you may still even be wondering, Where do truck drivers shower? 

Keep reading for answers to all questions related to showering as a truck driver. 

Question 1: Where do truck drivers shower? 

Truck drivers typically shower at: 

  • Truck stops.
  • Rest stops.
  • Company facilities. 

Schneider, for example, has facilities across the country that offer free, clean showers to company drivers.

While trip planning at the start of your workday, you should decide if you’re going to stop for a shower. If you are, find out what locations have showers and determine when and where you will stop.

Question 2: Do all truck stops have showers? 

Not all truck stops have showers. While trip planning, check the amenities for the location you are considering stopping at to ensure it has showers. 

To help, many of the major truck stop chains have search functions that allow drivers to find truck stops with showers: 

Question 3: Do truck stop showers provide towels? 

Truck stops with showers don’t always have all the amenities you need to take a shower.  

While some do offer a towel, shampoo and body wash, it’s a good idea to bring all the shower supplies you know you need with you as part of your truck driver packing list.

Question 4: What do showers at truck stops look like? 

Most truck stop showers are inside a clean, safe and private bathroom stall that one person uses at a time. The bathroom stall typically consists of: 

  • A sink with a mirror.
  • A toilet.
  • Outlets. 
  • A shower.

Question 5: How much do truck stop showers cost?

Truck stop showers usually cost anywhere between $10 and $15 per shower – however, there are ways to get free showers at truck stops. 

Joining a rewards program at a major truck stop chain is the best way to get free showers.  

These reward programs are simple to use – all you need to do is download the truck stop’s app, and it’ll tell you exactly what is required to earn free showers. 

Question 6: How long are showers at truck stops? 

Once you enter the bathroom stall, there is rarely a maximum amount of time you have to shower.  

However, this is your opportunity to adhere to good truck stop shower etiquette. It’s tempting to stand under the hot water for an hour, but remember, there are probably other drivers who are waiting to shower just like you were. 

Question 7: How do truck stop showers work? 

To use a truck stop shower, you will typically need to: 

  • Go to the cashier/front counter and purchase a shower.
  • After paying, you will receive a ticket that tells you your turn number. At some truck stops, this ticket may also give you a code for unlocking the shower. Other stops may give you a key to use instead.
  • When your shower is ready, your number will be called over a PA system or displayed on a screen, and you can go to your assigned stall.

Question 8: Can anyone shower at a truck stop? 

In certain cases, shower facilities may be designated for truck drivers only. Unless it's specifically stated, the showers at truck stops are available for public use. 

Looking for more truck driving insight?

Check out our collection of truck driver blogs – ranging from how to make a truck driver grocery list to how to get great sleep in a semi-truck to get more acclimated to life on the road. 
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