Truck drivers are on the road for a long time, and there are some tools and mechanical tips they should have just in case. Truckers are not expected to be a mechanic, but having a few simple tools on hand can save time and money on easy repairs instead of waiting for emergency maintenance.
If you are a truck driver or know one, who likes to be prepared for any situation, these are the tools to keep in your truck.
16 Tools Truckers Should Keep In Their Truck
- Tire depth gauge: Getting into the routine of checking your tires before hitting the road can limit the risk of tire blowouts.
- Gloves: Keep your hands warm on chilly drives and protect them when you need to fix a problem.
- Extra belts and hoses: Learn how to change out a hose on your own to save time and money in case of an accident.
- Wire cutters: You never know when you’ll need to trim or change a bald spot on a wire. Electrical tape is also a good idea.
- First aid kit: Be prepared in case you need a bandage or other medical supplies.
- Flashlights: There will be plenty of times when you are on the road at night. Pack two flashlights (and extra batteries) so you are prepared to inspect your truck for any damages.
- Headlamp: Just as important as flashlights are – a headlamp will allow you to use both hands when working on repairs or searching for something.
- Combination wrench set: Take the guesswork of knowing what size or shape you will need for future problems. An adjustable wrench is also a good idea to have.
- Ratcheting screwdriver set: Aim to get one with slotted, Phillips, TORX and hex bits to cover a wide variety of needs, including headlight adjustments.
- Safety glasses: These are always smart to have when you are working on your truck or trailer.
- Metal down rod: This can come in handy for releasing frozen brakes.
- Windshield washer fluid: Stock up on a couple of bottles, so you don’t have to stop and buy any while you’re driving.
- Large water jug: Perfect for staying hydrated and cooking.
- Booster cables: Make sure they are long enough – they should be more than 25 feet in length. Some options stay tangle-free in cold weather and have PVC-coated insulated clamps.
- Hammer: The uses for a hammer are endless – you never know what you need to move or install.
- Ratchet straps: Ensure they are strong enough to hold up to a minimum of 10,000 lbs.