A responsible truck driver should always be prepared for various situations. This includes inspections, fatigue as well as road/weather emergencies. Above all, you should be prepared for those long trips where you need to equip your cabin with proper truck driver accessories appropriate for a long haul. What are these basic elements? Keep on reading to find out.
1. Sleeping bag/blanket and a pillow
You don’t have to carry a separate bag with sheets and proper bedding when going for a long haul. A simple blanket for hot days and a sleeping bag are more than enough. Of course, if your cabin already has a proper bedding, you’re in luck. But, if you still have to carry something with you, a sleeping bag is definitely a must.
2. Hygiene items
Even though there’s a long road ahead of you, you still need to make sure that you’re all set with essential hygiene items. For instance, a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and a soap are a must, together with wet wipes. But don’t hesitate to bring a shampoo and a body wash as well ’cause you never know.
Truck drivers consider gloves an essential element in their must-bring accessories list as well. Not only do they provide extra warmth during cold days, but they are also a good way to protect your hands from possible damage.
Having a flashlight is paramount, especially when you have to get out of the vehicle at night to check the engine or tires.
5. Warm clothes
Given the long time that a truck driver can be on the road, it is important to be prepared for different types of climates, be it rain or sun. Therefore, it is always important to bring an extra coat and a pair of boots with you.
6. Water and non-perishable food
Nutrition is important and truck drivers need to take good care of their health. Constantly eating in restaurants and snacking fast food requires time and money; not to mention just how unhealthy it can turn out to be. Therefore, it is advisable to always carry plenty of water together with healthy and non-perishable food in the truck.
7. Noise-canceling plugs
This particular accessory is very important for drivers who work as a team, and especially if one of them snores at night. Of course, you might just need to tune out all the sounds from the outside that may be preventing you from falling asleep. A pair of plugs guarantees a good night of rest that every driver needs to stay safe and work efficiently.
8. An emergency kit
In the event of any danger, it’s essential that all truck drivers have an emergency kit in their cabin. This type of kit should contain batteries, medicine, screwdriver, pliers, wrench, small knife, adhesive tape, additional fuses, starter cables, emergency flares, and a first aid kit.
We at Bottomley Enterprises encourage our truck drivers to always be ready for different kinds of situations and come prepared with proper truck driver accessories and kits that can ensure their health, comfort, and safety. In case you’re interested in becoming a part of our team, don’t hesitate to fill out our driver’s application. For more trucking news and updates, feel free to follow us on Facebook.