Truck Driving Essentials: What you’ll want for the road


Shaun Stille

Truck Driving Essentials for the road

Whether it is the first day on the job, or a life-time on the road, truck drivers have the same basic needs as other drivers. Experienced truckers have to prepare for the long trips on the highway, and not every trip is easy. Even newbies have problems remembering to take along the most essential heavy duty truck accessories they are sure to need, as their trip progresses.

Inspections and Tune Ups Save Lives

For safety reasons, it is important to have your truck inspected, for minor problems. Be sure to carry the right tools such as tire jacks, flares and other necessities in the event of an emergency. A CB provides the best source of communication between drivers on the highway, who can give you heads up about traffic, open road construction, and weather conditions ahead. Make sure to take a map along and a GPS just in case you veer off track.

Take a Mixture of Personal Clothing and Other Items

Temperatures and climate changes from state to state. Therefore, be sure to take a variety of clothing, which is suitable for various types of weather conditions. Bring along a jacket, shorts, tee shirts, jeans, and an array of shoe types. Sneakers are fine for driving, but for entertainment purposes, you will want to wear a pair of slip on dress shoes, or casual slip on shoes. Do not forget to bring a pair of steel toe boots along.

Clothing to take on the road

Steel toe boots are great if you are driving a rig with a flat bed. Be sure to bring along a sleeping bag, a pillow, a cell phone, and a charger. What happens when you are driving under the sun? Do not forget to bring eye drops and a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s glare.

Take Time Out to Rest

Never try to drive long distances without taking a break. If time permits, take a break. Stop and eat at a restaurant, pull over and call the family, or visit a department store, and pick up last minute items. Too many accidents occur when drivers fail to stop and rest.

Tools to Take Along

  • GPS
  • Map
  • Heavy duty dolly
  • Air pump
  • Emergency gear
  • flares

Personal Items to Pack

  • Cell phone
  • Music player
  • Shades
  • Bottled water
  • Medication
  • Wallet/ credit cards

Miscellaneous and Important Items Not to Forget

Remember to pack reflective clothing. In the event of an accident occur or a storm, you want to be visible to oncoming traffic, and rescue workers. Having on reflective clothing makes it easier for someone to find you, and assist you. Put the cones behind the truck or in an appropriate, but safe spot next to the truck.

Toolboxes should contain valuable tools and equipment. Do not leave on a trip without taking along a flashlight, a tire pressure gauge, a pair of work gloves, and a wrench. You never know when you have to unhook your trailer, or perform some minor repair. Always be prepared, for bad weather, accidents, and unforeseen detours on the highway.

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