• Thomas Stuart

5 Tools Every Truck Driver Needs

Working as a truck driver and living life on the road means planning ahead. You need to be prepared and a little bit of a mechanic. While most trucking companies keep their trucks well maintained, problems do happen and as a trucker, you need to be able to fix simple things like changing a fuse or a bulb on the side of the road.

The truck driver’s toolkit can get comprehensive, but there are some things that are essential when it comes to hauling your load. Here are our top 5 tools that you should keep on board.

  1. Flashlight – Whether you break down in the day or at night, you still need to see in that engine. You can get a shake flashlight or even a flashlight that runs off batteries. If you do use one that operates with batteries, make sure you keep some spare batteries in your glove box.

  2. Pliers – Having a good pair of pliers, including vice-grip pliers is extremely important. They may be the handiest tools in your truck.

  3. Screwdrivers – Make sure you have a set of Philips head and flat head screwdrivers. These can be vital to getting your truck going.

  4. Pressure gauge – Checking your tires is important to work into your daily routine when you’re on the road. Knowing if a tire is losing air beforehand can keep you and other drivers on the road safe.

  5. Spare parts – Running repairs and maintenance usually requires a bit of spare parts. This includes WD-40, spare fuses, antifreeze, brake fluid, etc. These spare parts will keep your truck going.

One of the most important parts of being a truck driver is knowing your vehicle and how to take care of it. With a little knowledge and some handy tools, there’s nothing you can’t figure out. Making sure to have these tools on board with you is the first step to keeping your truck on the road.

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