Even the largest sleeper cab has only so much space for things truck drivers need to have while on the road. Just what things are most helpful to bring along on the road? If you will be driving long distances, here are a few of the essentials.
1. Survival Kit
No driver should be without a first aid kit, but a survival kit contains a lot more. You should have plenty of non-perishable food and water, in case you get stranded for a day or more. You need signals to alert others and a flashlight for when it gets dark. Some sort of basic shelter is a good idea as well, even if it’s just a tarp and some rope.
2. Basic Toolkit
If you’re on the road and experience mechanical trouble, a basic toolkit and a little know-how can go a long way toward avoiding expensive tows. Experienced truck drivers keep different size hoses and hose clamps in their toolkit too.
3. CB Radio and Cellphone
These two very different devices complement each other quite nicely and serve the same purpose in helping you maintain lines of communication. The cellphone can be effective, as long as a tower is nearby. Be sure to bring a charger along. The CB radio will let you contact any other CB in range. You can’t beat it for staying updated on traffic or getting help from other truck drivers in emergency situations.
4. GPS Navigation
GPS navigation helps you get to your destination. If you need to reroute because of construction, traffic, or a closed road, a GPS system beats looking through maps. The newer systems will identify the quickest or shortest route to meet your needs.
5. Laptop or Tablet Computer
These days, completing paperwork can be done quickest if you don’t use paper. A laptop or tablet lets you keep logs and other necessary information in one place. With Wi-Fi or other wireless Internet connection you can upload to and download from dispatch. Truck drivers also find that a laptop or tablet is a good companion. It can help you stay in touch with loved ones and keep you amused during lonely runs.
One more helpful thing to have on the road is a carrier who treats you like family. Millis Transfer wants to work with you to make your truck driving career a success. To learn more about how we help truck drivers, visit our website or give us a call.