Truckers and truck driving are two words that go hand in hand, but there is a big difference between what people think being a trucker entails and the reality.
Some go for long hauls and some just haul out goods. Some take on the construction industry or freight transportation while others may travel the country to get to their destinations with an extended cab and four-wheel drive capability.
Being a trucker varies widely based on who is doing what. However, whether they are doing owner operator jobs or working within a bigger transport or logistics company, they all have one thing in common, though; their work often takes them away from home. Being away from home can make the job hard, but it isn’t impossible; it just takes a little creativity.
All of these tips will help you to get the most out of your time on the road.
This is one of the most essential features for any trucker to install by law as soon as they get a job in a trucking business.
Having a radio installed doesn’t just make you a better driver, but it allows for communication with other motorists.
You can talk about weather conditions, help out those who are in need, and relay important information to your dispatcher. A good VHF radio can also be used to track vehicle location and keep an eye out for police or other State Motor Vehicle Department officials.
A first aid kit doesn’t just have bandages and burn creams. It should also contain pepper spray, a self-defense weapon that fits your needs, and a fire extinguisher.
The fire extinguisher is the most important of these, though. It can put out a fire in your truck before it has the chance to spread or get out of control -especially if you have a tanker or other large vehicle with thousands of gallons of fuel inside. Remember to ensure that it is within date – as they do expire.
Your phone is your connection to everything from music to family – and if you’re on the road for long hauls, it’s going to be turned on more than usual.
Having a reliable phone that you know will last for a long time and won’t drop calls when the only thing you have access to is your mobile network for Wi-Fi is essential.
A cell phone is an essential part of a truck driver’s job, so finding one that ticks all the boxes for you is going to be critical. Remember too to have a back up charging cable and power bank.
A portable generator isn’t only essential if you’re on the road and need to charge your phone, but it’s also going to come in handy when you have to plug something into the electrical system.
It’s one of the most useful things that a truck driver can use as it allows you to connect with handheld tools, computers, and other devices.
You’ll also find yourself able to run small appliances such as microwaves without worrying about draining your battery.