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More and more truck drivers are carrying lap top computers or other mobile devices such as IPads, Amazon Kindles and Barnes and Nobles Nooks. These devices are enhancing the quality of life on while on the road as well as serving practical purposes at assisting driver's to locate services from where to get fuel, obtain truck maintenance and locating parking, food and lodging.

On the personal side, the lowest feature of simple email communications with family and close friends can certainly melt the miles and thaw the loneliness of days on the road. Video conferencing such as Skype and other services, while never the same as being there, allows moms and dads to still be a daily part of their childrens' lives. Of course, another advantage is the entertainment options that are available from playing games, reading books, following the news, or reading online magazines.

Those drivers that already have portable devices already know this - those that don't should consider them.

Many truck stops realize the importance of wireless internet access and have installed the service as a convenience amenities. Some (such as Pilot and Loves) generally offer the services for free, others (Travel Stops Of America {at last check}) charged for the services. Many independent Truck Stops offer wireless which may be free or fee. Like all amenities, it is the local manager that makes the decision of what they offer. Some simply do not offer wireless access at all.

However, all is not lost should the local pit stop not have wireless available. Fortunately, many restaurants, some motels and occasionally other businesses have generously installed and made available to the public, open and free wireless access.

While this is by no means a complete list, and some local managers may not have the services available at their location, here are some businesses to look for when you are needing to catch a signal for your computer.
  • McDonald's (Provided by AT&T)
  • Starbucks (Provided by AT&T)
  • IHOP (International House of Pancakes)
  • Burger King
  • Home Depot
  • Lowes
  • Einstein Brother's Bagels
  • Barnes and Nobles
  • Best Buy Stores
  • Krispy-Kreme Doughnuts
  • Big O Tires (Service Central Automotive)
  • National Tire and Battery {NTB} (Service Central Automotive)
  • Tire Kingdom (Service Central Automotive)
  • Merchants Tire and Auto (Service Central Automotive)
As we learn of other large/chain companies and restaurants, we will add them to this list. We will not list individual locations or small chains, but will indicate those services likely to be available on a coast to coast basis or with a large regional foot print.