When planning a trip, it's important to make sure you're well-prepared. Truck driver essentials are things and tools that can help you prepare for any potential issues while also making sure you're comfortable on the road.
We have created a list of things truck drivers should have on hand at all times to help ease the stress of driving. By stocking these items ahead of time, you'll be able to stick to your schedule and make sure your cargo gets where it needs to go on time.
#1 - GPS & Up To Date Road Atlas
While driving out on the road, it is important to maintain an up to date GPS with the latest software and information. This will help you reach your destination safely, quickly, and provide you with road conditions and details you may have not been aware of.
A GPS is an excellent tool to use on your drive, but we all know that technology doesn't always work and should not be the only tool you have to rely on. That is why having an up to date road atlas is just as important, and we recommend keeping one with you in your truck at all times.
#2 - Important Documentation
It is essential for all truck drivers to bring their permit, license, and any other relevant credentials with them on all trips. This documentation is necessary when entering a weigh station or when being stopped by law enforcement. The following documents should be kept with the driver on all trips:
Proof of insurance
Special certifications (transporting liquid tankers, hazardous materials, triple trailers, etc.)
You may also consider using envelopes to carry invoices and shipping orders. You can also use separate envelopes for work expense receipts!
#3 - Emergency Kit
You never know what might happen on the road during your trip. That's why it is important to always be prepared for any situation. Storing an emergency kit in your truck will help keep you prepared when things go wrong. A good emergency kit to have on hand can contain the following items but are not limited to:
High visibility clothes
Tool kit (wrench set, screw driver, pliers, hammer, pocket knife, etc.)
#4 - Medical First Aid Kit
Whether you work for a company or as a self-employed driver, you’ll need to store a medical first aid kit in your truck. This kit should include the following but are not limited to:
First aid cream
Make sure to check this kit on a regular basis and restock or swap out items as needed.
#5 - Extra Water & Non-Perishable Foods
It is true that there are numerous restaurants along the nation's highways and interstates. However, these establishments can be expensive, take up a significant amount of time, and may not always be the healthiest option. To save time and money, we recommend carring a sufficient amount of water. It is essential to maintain adequate hydration levels. Additionally, nutritious and non-perishable food items are also a must-have for truck drivers, as they can sustain you for extended periods of time.
Add To The List & Adjust As Necessary
We know that all drivers are different and may require different tools and equipment for their truck. We hope that this list may give you a good starting point as to what essentials you should keep with you on your trip at all times!