Monthly Archives: November 2019

Trucking Essentials: Top 10 Things Drivers Say Are a Must-Have

Truck drivers spend most of their waking hours driving or tending to other tasks, meaning they essentially live in their truck. There are many truck driver essentials that can improve your comfort and safety. Here are the top 10 items and semi-truck cab accessories drivers say they need:

 

  1. Emergency Kit: Should include a flashlight, batteries, non-perishable foods, bottled water, and a first aid kit, as well as jumper cables, emergency flares, and hand tools.
  2. A Camera: Truck drivers need back-up and mirror-mounted cameras to see around them. Suburban Seating & Safety sells a few models, as well as LCD monitors to improve visibility and safety.
  3. Comfortable Clothing: When driving long distances, you need comfortable attire such as t-shirts and jeans. Always bring a jacket for higher altitudes and enough underwear to last between washes.
  4. Safety Apparel: As important as trucker comfort is, you want to consider safety items such as boots, a hard hat, safety glasses, and coveralls. A raincoat is good to have as well.
  5. Cell Phone Charger: Make sure the charger works in your truck. One of the most important semi-truck accessories, it will let you reach someone in an emergency.

 

young truck driver with tablet

 

  1. Atlas or Map: If your cell phone battery dies or the navigation system fails, at least you’ll have a backup for reference, so you can get to your destination safely and on time.
  2. Personal Hygiene Items: A toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, deodorant, and a comb will ensure you have what you need to stay clean and fresh.
  3. Cleaning Supplies: After many hours, things get musty; bring along air freshening spray, a handheld vacuum, an all-purpose cleaner, disinfectant wipes, detergent, and paper towels.
  4. Something to Cook With: A small microwave will let you prepare food without spending money on eating out; a rice cooker is perfect for vegetables and other healthy foods.
  5. Cooler: Keeps perishable foods fresh and beverages cool; make sure the cooler is small, yet large enough for the fluids you need to stay hydrated all day.

 

happy caucasian semi truck driver showing thumb-up

 

Browse Suburban Seating & Safety’s catalog for essential items and must-have gadgets for truckers from leading semi-truck accessory manufacturers, or call us at 844-727-7328 for assistance.

 

Getting a Truck Ready for Winter: A Step-by-Step Plan

The colder winter weather has already arrived as a preview in various places across the country. It serves as a reminder for semi-truck drivers that getting a truck ready for winter is something they should be thinking about now, using this step-by-step plan.

 

Step 1: Upgrade to Heated Semi-truck Seats

You can keep warm and comfortable on the coldest winter days with heated semi-truck seats. Some models also feature massage settings to prevent backaches and pains.

 

Step 2: Test Your Truck Batteries

Check the condition of all batteries to make sure they are still good. Colder weather drains the life out of batteries. If the battery is more than four years old, you may want to consider replacing it.

 

Semi-Truck winter driving

 

Step 3: Prepare a Semi-truck Emergency Kit

If you don’t already have a semi-truck emergency kit, now is the time to put one together. If you already have one, now is the time to check to make sure you have everything you need. Items you want in your kit include:

 

  • Road Flares
  • First Aid Kit
  • Snow Boots
  • Gloves, Hats, Scarves
  • Snow Suit
  • Extra Blankets
  • Extra Food and Water
  • Cellphone Portable Chargers
  • Snow Shovel and Ice Melt
  • Basic Tool Kit
  • Duct Tape

 

Step 4: Check Tire Pressures and Tires

Make sure your truck tires are aired up to the right pressure level. Inspect the remaining tire tread and replace any worn tires.

 

Step 5: Replace Your Wiper Blades

If you haven’t replaced your wiper blades in more than six months, do it before winter. Make sure you have plenty of anti-freezing windshield cleaner too.

 

Step 6: Get Semi-Truck Winterization Maintenance

Have a full tune-up, mechanical inspection, and cooling system flush and fill performed to ensure all parts, pumps, components, motors, and filters are working correctly.

 

Truck driver inspecting safety daily checklist to before driving the truck

 

Step 7: Get a Good-Quality Snow Brush/Ice Scraper

Invest in a snow brush/ice scraper that is long enough to easily clean away snow and ice from the windows and other areas of the truck.

 

By taking the time to do these things now, you won’t have to worry when the cold weather returns for winter.

 

To buy heated semi-truck seats for your semi-truck, please feel free to explore our heated seats online or call Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328 today!