A Petro truck stop in Effingham Ill.

George Etheredge for The New York Times

A truck stop in Effingham Ill., sitting at the intersection of Interstate 57, between Chicago and Memphis, and Interstate 70, between Indianapolis and St. Louis, is visited by truckers driving from all over.

We recently spent two days there talking to long-haul truck drivers about their jobs and lives — some told us about how hard it can be, while others said they enjoyed the freedom.

We would like to know more about what long-haul truckers want car drivers to know, and what their home away from home is like.

A Times journalist may follow…