American Truck Simulator Crashing: How to Fix

If ATS keeps crashing keep an eye on your GPU drivers or the programs you're running in the background 🚚


American Truck Simulator aka ATS crashing were reported by a few players after the game launched this week. These players complained about game issues and bugs that are making the game unplayable:

“Experience legendary American trucks and deliver various cargoes across sunny California and sandy Nevada. American Truck Simulator takes you on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes and widely recognized landmarks around the States.”

Why does American Truck Simulator keep crashing?

💥 American Truck Simulator (ATS) may be crashing, because of:

  • incompatible or outdated graphics drivers
  • other programs running in the background
  • not enough system resources ( RAM or CPU)
  • installation or game files that are faulty overclocking of the CPU or GPU

There are also certain circumstances when the crashes occur:

  • Crash on startup: out-of-date graphics drivers or a faulty game installation may be to blame
  • Keeps crashing after update: This could be because your OS doesn’t meet the updated requirements, the update introduced new bugs, or had problems working with mods that already existed.
  • Keep crashing with mods: This may be brought on by mods that are incompatible with the current game version or that interfere with other mods. It’s also possible that the mod is pushing the system’s resources too far.

How to American Truck Simulator crashing?

For some players, the game crashes at startup or randomly during gameplay. A few of them reported that the game crashes if they are playing with a gaming wheel.

✔️ Precheck: Make sure you have DirectX and Microsoft Visual C++ installed on your PC.

Solution 1: Update your Graphic Drivers

Updating drivers is helpful in fixing crashes in American Truck Simulator (ATS) because new versions of drivers frequently repair known bugs and compatibility problems.

For instance, updated graphics drivers might support brand-new game features or make performance adjustments to enhance the game’s stability and performance. Additionally, updated drivers may resolve problems with your graphics card’s and the game’s compatibility, helping to avoid crashes.

Here’s how to do it manually from Device Manager:

  1. Press the Windows key + X or right-click the Start menu.
  2. In the search box type Device Manager and select it.
  3. Go to Display Drivers and select the GPU Driver you want to update.update drivers
  4. Right-click on it and select Update Driver.
  5. Select Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will automatically look for and install any updates that are available.
  6. Restart your PC.

For an easier process of updating drivers, we recommend PC HelpSoft. This software will keep your drivers up and running, in such a way keeping you safe from common game errors and hardware failure. Check all your drivers now in 3 easy steps:

  1. Download PC HelpSoft
  2. Click Start Scan to find all problematic drivers.
  3. Click Update Drivers to get new versions.

Additionally, updated drivers might be necessary for the game to function correctly after receiving new updates.

You can guarantee that your system has the most recent game updates and optimizations by keeping your drivers up to date. This might reduce the chance of crashes while also enhancing the game’s stability and speed.

Solution 2:  Close software or background tasks

Close all background processes and programs that are not necessary. Close any unnecessary programs or background processes that may be active before launching the game. Web browsers, chat programs, and other programs that might be using up system resources fall under this category.

Disable programs that don’t need to start. Several programs might be set up to launch automatically when your computer turns on. This may drain system resources and result in game problems. To disable unwanted startup apps, utilize the Task Manager.

Look for program incompatibilities. There’s a chance that some programs won’t work with American Truck Simulator or that they’ll clash with other programs you’ve installed. Any program that you suspect may be causing problems should first be disabled or uninstalled.

American Truck Simulator Not Starting

This is the most reported issue and it seems that some users are unable to start the game. When they click Play in Steam Library nothing happens or they encounter an error saying “American Truck Simulator can not access Steam Client”. To fix this issue take a look at our tutorial below and after that, you will be able to start the game.

“You’ll have to excuse me for the language I’m about to use. But I’ve spent 8 ♥♥♥♥ing hours trying to get this game to work. And I can’t. I have 64-bit windows OS…I have an AMD FX 8320 processor, and a super-clocked GTX 960. Every ♥♥♥♥ing time I try to start this game. I get this stupid message here, I’ve tried everything from uninstalling both steam and ATS, and re-installing them, Verifying the integrity, and a system restart to no avail…I think you can understand why I’m a little ♥♥♥♥♥♥ when I paid $20 for a game expecting to be

Solution: To solve this issue, simply start the game’s executable (amtrucks.exe) from the bin\winx_64 directory.

American Truck Simulator Freezes

A few players encountered freezes during the game or bugs like stuttering and low fps from time to time. This error is simple to fix and you can follow the tutorial below to do that.

“I have a problem with ATS I drive my truck then the game just freezes completely the sound is still there and I can still steer my truck if I press CTRL ALT DELETE and goes into the game again it just a black screen? It happens I every 5-15 minutes!?!? Please help because I’m very hyped for this game and I can’t play.”

Another user reported other freezing symptoms:

“For some reason every few seconds the game freezes for a split second and then is fine again, I’ve played around in the graphics settings but it doesn’t change, not game breaking but extremely annoying, ETS2 didn’t do this at all. Please help.”

Solution: Update your GPU driver:

We hope that our tutorial helped you fix your American Truck Simulator errors and that now you are playing and enjoying the game. If you encounter any issues or if you have questions please use the comment section below and we will help you fix your game. – GamesErrors Team

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  1. Ray Burn says

    ATS wont load save games after steam update

    1. byron gorrell says

      i cant get it to launch at start american truck simulator

  2. Alexander Verwilghen says

    ATS load save games but when I reach a crossroad (the first one or the second or the third) it freezes for 3 seconds and then crashes back to the desktop (Access Violation). It all started after the last Steam update (1.2.1). I think it has to do with the mods I installed. Some might try to alter something (attribute, memory address, name, …) which may have changed after the update. Now I try the mods seperately to find the bad ones. It will take a while but I have hopes.

  3. Jason Nunes says

    Ever since I updated ATS to 1.2.1 I cannot upgrade any of my trucks. Anytime I try to upgrade any of my trucks the game crashes. Does anyone else have this problem? Anyone has a solution on what I should do?

  4. Tony says

    Jason Nunes, I have the same exact problem. I I can change the cab, engine, and trans, but as soon as I click on the accessories button the game locks up and I’m sent to my desktop. Anyone have an idea on how to fix this? I just deleted and Uninstalled everything. And I’m going to reinstall.

  5. Isaac says

    @Tony and Jason, same here. I try upgrading my truck with 1.2.1. I removed some upgrade mods, my trucks are tested and work fine.

  6. Leo says

    I play the game on mac, so i can’t install DirectX or something like that.. Game keeps freezing and crashes after 10 minutes of playing.. ETS 2 Runs perfectly on medium – High settings and Ats on Medium settings keep freezing and crashing.. I even tried lowest settings, but that didn’t helped. PLZ help

  7. Arthur says

    I seem not not to understand your above instructions/I have a Laptop and let get lost on the GPU issues/please can you make it simpler than that /I love American Truck Simulator but the freezes gave me a hard time

  8. darshan says

    while playing ats ,on one delivery while moving into a city my truck started going down and down like the map had no land.the truck went down and down with very high speed and continuous damage.

  9. Dominic Hartley says

    I have ATS on steam and when I play, the game stops producing visuals and displays my desktop however, the sound still works and I can still drive. How can I stop this?

  10. Royce Wright Jr says

    fuck your offers. I did three and no fucking download.

  11. Dave Slee says

    we shouldn’t have to put up with a 20 minute survey just to get a game fix! Half way through the survey it did the same thing as my game, it froze!!

  12. Andres Méndez says

    “Well, you might think that our download service is pretty annoying but is very effective. To download you just need to complete a simple offer”

    Fuck off twats

  13. Mark Kenzler says

    After the new release, I can look all around the trailer but not the truck. Is there a way to fix the issue or is this a bug?

  14. Peter Heinze says

    Leider hört die sichtbare Straße auf , man sackt durch und fällt nach unten durch . Dies passiert nach dem letzten Update .

  15. Harold g Robinson says

    ATS using MSN sidewinder pre pro wheel/pedals. set up Joy axes Y press down on pedal accel, lift up on pedal Brake and reverse. Will not work as previously did not work at all. Rain slider as far to the right as it goes, Will not stop raining Help

  16. Themba Moyo says

    After signing in stream on Demo,DLC went missing and Mod

  17. African prince says

    So whenever am plying ATS, the route adviser keeps showing and keeps pausing the game, making me crush. How can I get rid of it?.

  18. Dug Wolfe says

    Yeah. All very useful for windows users but what about all us bloody MacBook owners? I can’t even drive into Ogden in Utah without the game shutting down. Happens on Raton too. If someone could explain why, I might be able to fix it myself, FFS.

  19. edwin cruz says

    i dont know what they did when they update the game but everytime i try to play this game just keep crashing i dont know what to do anymore .

  20. Eric Wysingle says

    i can’t get it to launch at start American truck simulator

  21. Bradley says

    cant even use my profile I had it since day one it crashes when I load in to my profile I have tried it with no mods so its not a mod conflict not sure what’s going on please help.

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