Being a truck driver, you spend a lot of time out on the road and often have to deal with mishaps by yourself. So, it is important to keep your truck stocked with anything you may need in the event of an emergency. Every truck driver is different, but there are some universal products that many would call essential to the daily life of a truck driver. These products aid in personal comfort, convenience, and emergency preparedness. Here are a few basic products that every truck driver should keep handy.
First-aid kits come stocked with everything you need in case you have a medical emergency. If you drive for a company, there may already be a first-aid kit somewhere in your truck. If there is, make sure it has all of its contents and noting is expired.
Food and Water
You can avoid spending money at convenience stores by keeping your truck stocked with some snacks and water. It is crucial to have water on hand, not just to keep yourself hydrated, but it is also helpful if your truck begins to overheat. In terms of food, it is a good idea to keep non-perishable food on hand, such as dried fruits and nuts, crackers, jerky and baked goods. Sandwiches and salads are great, too, if you have a cooler.
A GPS device is as essential as it gets for a professional truck driver. A suitable device will offer voice-activated navigation with active lane guidance, identify landmarks for guidance, and have traffic avoidance.
The last thing you want is your phone dying in the middle of a long haul. No one wants to be stuck with a broken-down truck and have no way to call for help. Portable chargers are useful for charging other devices such as your GPS or power tools.
A dashcam can help you to record videos of the road around your truck. Some dash cams have GPS capabilities and can record simultaneously record information on routes, speed, and location. This is a helpful device to have in case of a traffic stop or accident, so you have video proof of the incident.
Broken parts are an inevitable part of truck driving. It is good to keep a toolbox on hand with basic tools such as a wrench set, flashlight, spare batteries, hammer, screwdriver, pliers, zip ties, tire pressure gauge, and a pocket knife. Sometimes fixing a minor issue yourself is quicker than calling road service.
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