What To Keep In Your Truck for Emergencies

You never know what you’re going to need when you’re on the road. We’ve compiled a list of items you should always keep with you on the job, and even in your regular vehicle too.

What To Keep In Your Truck for Emergencies

1. Tire changing supplies: You should always have a spare tire, tire iron, lug wrench, tire jack and some WD-40. If you’ve got these essentials on hand, then you’ve got everything you need to change a tire.

2. A Fire Extinguisher: Hopefully your engine never catches fire, but if you’re thinking of the giant, heavy wall-mounted fire extinguishers, you’ll be pleased to know there are much smaller, more portable options on the market. It’s better to have one on hand, just in case.

3. A Multi-tool: You never know what tool you’re going to need while on the road. A multi-tool covers your bases on the most common stuff and is much more space-efficient than a bulky toolbox. Leatherman is the gold standard, but there are plenty of more affordable options on the market.

4. Reflective triangles: You’re already having a bad day, so make sure that night drivers can see you when you’re pulled off onto the shoulder to help prevent it from getting any worse. Safety should be one of your top concerns.

5. Paper towels: Quick cleanup options are a good thing. Prevent stains and messes in your truck or wipe anything off your windshield that windshield wipers aren’t getting.

6. An on-the-fly truck repair kit: This should include replacement parts and enough stuff to MacGyver your way home. Your repair kit should include JB Weld for fixing broken metal braces and patching an oil pan, hose-repair tape, a tire reamer-plugger, duct tape, parachute cord, Fix-a-Flat, and jumper cables.

7. A 7×9-foot blue tarp: Having a tarp will shield you from the rain while you repair a punctured tire, provide shade in the desert, function as a makeshift sleeping bag, or catch rainwater for emergency drinking supplies. It’s the duct tape of a truck kit.

How to Be a Professional Truck Driver

With millions of tons of freight that needs to be hauled, there’s a very large need for professional truckers. If you’re looking to become an industry pro as a truck driver, there are a few tips and tricks you can follow on your path to becoming a veteran truck driver. With time, due diligence, and following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a professional in your industry.

How to Be a Professional Truck Driver

1. Dress Professionally: Most truck driving jobs will require you to wear a uniform and have a professional appearance. Keep your facial hair trimmed or clean-shaven, have your hair trimmed regularly, and wear a clean uniform. Not only will your management and clients appreciate your professional appearance, it will also help you feel as though you’re the right person for the job.

2. Get Enough Sleep: It’s never safe or smart to drive your rig without an adequate amount of sleep. Not only are you putting yourself in danger, but others on the road too. The Department of Transportation established standards for drivers to keep a healthy sleep schedule, and it’s very important that you find a schedule that works for you. Making your sleeper cab more comfortable with a new mattress and cushions can also go a long way to helping you stay comfortable and sleep better.

3. Courtesy on the Road: Conducting yourself professionally on the road is one of the biggest steps you can make towards fitting in with the pros of the road. Ensure that other motorists feel safe around you; don’t cut off other drivers, maintain a safe distance, and always use your turn signals. In theory, you should blend in with the other motorists on the road as a good driver. The inconsiderate and unsafe drivers are generally the ones that stand out and make a bad name for truck drivers.

CDL Related Jobs Available

If you’re interested in earning your CDL, but don’t have the desire to drive across the country, there are other jobs available that will put your CDL to good use. Some of the jobs available don’t involve driving but are still tied to the trucking industry.

CDL Related Jobs

Supervisor: Just like any other industry, the trucking industry needs supervisors. Supervisors oversee the system or process of the job, from creating schedules to organizing deliveries and runs and more.

Recruiter: The job of the recruiter is to review applications and fill job openings.

Truck Driver Training Instructor: Truck driving training instructors make the task of teaching new drivers much safer. Instructors coach trainees and show them how to safely and properly drive a truck.

Mechanic: The truck driving industry relies heavily on good mechanics that keep their trucks in proper working order.

Local / Regional Driver: Local/Regional drivers work closer to home, have great benefits and don’t have to travel cross country.

Terminal Manager: Terminal managers have tasks such as monitoring performance, overseeing all terminal functions, hiring new employees, and keeping things running smoothly.

Self-Employed Truck Driver: Also known as an owner-operator, self-employed truck drivers are in charge of their truck and make deals with companies to either drive cargo or have employees drive for them.

Bus Driver: Instead of driving a semi you could drive a bus, transporting people instead of cargo.

Specialty Cargo Hauler: As a CDL driver you could specialize in certain types of cargo, such as furniture.

Delivery Driver: As a delivery driver it would be your job to haul local goods such as fruit, vegetables, and baked good to grocery stores and produce markets.

Dispatcher: A dispatcher is a person who takes driver information and sends out information to company drivers. They’re responsible for recording important information, tracking vehicles and equipment, and being the connection between drivers and companies.