Comfort while out driving is important, however, due to the drastically different jobs you may encounter on a daily basis, knowing what items to have on hand for a relaxing drive can be difficult to pinpoint. The industry professionals from TruckDriver.com have compiled a handy list of items every owner operator truck driver should have on hand. When you have tight deadlines to meet, being over-prepared is never a bad thing!
6-Gallon Water Jugs
Whether it’s for maintaining proper hygiene, cooling down a faulty radiator, or to have an emergency supply to keep hydrated, truckers should always have several gallons of water on hand.
A Good Pair of Work Gloves
In the event that you do require hand protection, a reliable pair of work gloves will definitely come in handy.
Multiple Ratchet or Winch Straps
In addition to tying down heavy loads, both ratchet and winch straps are used for many other applications while on the road. Ratchet straps accommodate specific weights and are operated by a hand crank, whereas winch straps can be paired with a high torque winch bar – tolerating higher tensions and larger loads.
Emergency Space Blanket
Space blankets are more efficient at keeping you warm than traditional cloth or fur blankets, as well as incredibly compact and easy to store. Lifesaving and lightweight, a space blanket is a must-have while on the road.
These go in hand with straps or chains – corner protectors protect your cargo and your gear when used in tie-down applications.
While music is great, it will only last for so long before you’ve heard the same song one too many times. Audiobooks are an excellent alternative!
Aluminum Walk Ramps
An aluminum walk ramp is a valuable tool to have on hand in case your destination is not equipped with a loading dock or if the lift on the back of your rig suffers a malfunction. When you need to efficiently move cargo in and out of your trailer or flatbed, a walk ramp is the tool you will need to get the job done.
If you’re a trucker, chances are you probably already have a handful of multi-tools in your collection. When choosing your everyday “go-to” tool, it’s important to not skimp on price. You’re going to want something that stands up to heavy daily use and will last for years.