The life of a trucker is hard work. Days and sometimes nights on the road, always keeping vigil, remaining cognizant of erratic weather, distracted drivers, and unforgiving road conditions. Truckers must also be ready to perform heavy lifting, loading and unloading hauls at the end of a long day in extreme heat and cold. The best tools of a trucker are their hands, but there are other implements that can make this job easier and kinder on the body. Here are some of the necessities every trucker should carry:
- Leather and rubber gloves. A good pair of work gloves will help you in many situations, including fueling, pulling tandems, opening the trailer, and unloading goods.
- Tire pressure gauge. Check your tires daily to prevent flat tires and increase fuel efficiency.
- Radiator or small engine belt. These will come in handy when pulling tandems and fifth wheels.
- Kneepads. These are wonderful to cushion knees on hard surfaces if you need to crawl under the truck or adjust slack adjusters.
- First aid kit. This should include bandaids, gauze, gloves, tape, ointment, eye care products, scissors, and cold packs.
- Wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen. The combination of these two will help you buffer the sun’s harmful effects.
- Screwdriver and hammer. These are excellent tools for a variety of jobs around the truck.
- Wipes. Baby wipes or wet naps are essential for cleaning up spills or wiping your face and hands for refreshment.
- Solid pair of work boots. A heavy-duty pair of boots, the expensive and comfortable kind, are well worth the investment. At the end of a long day, your feet will thank you.
- Crescent wrenches, sockets, allen wrenches, channel locks, pliers – all of these make small maintenance jobs easier.
- Caulk and caulking gun to patch small holes.
- Spare light bulbs to change burnt out bulbs in a pinch.
- WD-40, zip ties, electrical wire, spare fuses.
- A good flashlight with spare batteries.
- A utility knife to measure tread depth.
- An adjustable spanner and socket set.
- A breaker bar to loosen the toughest nuts.
What tools do you absolutely have to carry in your truck at all times? Let us know in the comments!