Weigh Station Etiquette

One of the sites I love is one called CDLLife.  I am going to add a link to their site on the main page.  They had a post on facebook today that I thought was great.  I remember how nervous I was the first time (and every other time) I drove through a scale.  This is just darn good info.  The most important advice I can give is go slow and watch the lights/screens.  Like everything in trucking, too slow is way better than too fast.

Again, this is from www.cdllife.com

We recently asked the CDLLife audience to spill their vast knowledge of weigh station DO’s & DON’Ts. Here’s what our expert drivers had to say:


  • Be Respectful
  • Be Patient
  • Be Prepared | Have your paperwork ready.
  • Be Pleasant
  • Roll Down Your Window
  • Keep A Clean Truck & A Clear Dash
  • Pay Attention to Scale Speed Limits
  • Turn Down the Radio
  • Keep 100 feet between yourself and the next truck.
  • Buckle Up
  • Listen and Follow Directions
  • Keep up a neat & tidy appearance.
  • Know the DOT Laws
  • Keep Your Dash Cam On
  • Act like the professional that you are!


  • Don’t Use Sarcasm. – Regardless of the obvious nature of questions you may need to answer.
  • Don’t Speed Through The Scales
  • Don’t Make Jokes About Illegal Activity
  • Don’t Use Your cellphone or Bluetooth while stopped.
  • Don’t Slam On Your Brakes On The Scales
  • Don’t Smoke / Spit Tobacco In The Scale Area

Here’s one of the best pieces of advice we received from CDLLife community member, Dan Coffey!

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