Rest stops are facilities designed to rest.
Unless one has the "Fatigue simulation" option disabled, in Euro Truck Simulator 2, rest should be taken every 11 hours, while the rest itself lasts for 9 hours. In American Truck Simulator, you should rest every 14 hours, while you rest for 10 hours.
Usually, the player will start showing signs of fatigue 3 hours before the deadline, when the player begins yawning and occasionally the displayer will show alerts such as ''you are getting tired'', the fatigue icon will turn red in the last 10% of the sleep deadline (1 hour and 6 minutes in ETS2 and 1 hour and 24 minutes in ATS), this is when the screen will start dimming each time the player yawns and the text alerts shows up, if the player refuses to sleep or doesn't find a rest stop on time, the deadline will be hit, the player will start getting fines for drowsy driving the moment the deadline is hit, 1 hour after the deadline, the player will start to doze randomly, if the player still refuses to sleep, the dozing duration will get longer and longer with time, which will cause severe accidents.
In addition, rest stops can be found at the following locations or facilities:
- Large truck dealers (cities with these do not have a separate service shop).
- Gas stations along non-urban roads (those in cities do not always provide resting facilities).
- Toll booths, border crossings or sophisticated rest stations on dual-carriageway highways.
- Stein Bruch quarries.
- Service shop.
While rest stops along the country roads and highways has space for the truck with the trailer attached, most rest stops in the cities only has space for the truck itself. Keep that in mind when planning your journeys.