Today’s trucks rely on advanced technologies, such as sensors, cameras, and even Artificial Intelligence, but every truck driver should carry a tool box filled with essentials that make breakdowns a little less stressful. You may not be able to make big repairs or change your commercial tires, but you can take care of small issues that might be problematic until you can get your truck to the mechanic. Here are some key tools for commercial truck drivers and equipment that can help you when you’re on the road.
Tools for Commercial Truck Drivers
There are dozens of tools that can go in your tool box, but we recommend the basics:
- Wrenches – combination wrenches, an adjustable wrench, and a dog bone wrench.
- Screwdrivers – go with a set of screwdrivers that come in different types and sizes.
- Vice grip
- Wire cutters – include a roll of electrical tape
A Good Pair of Work Gloves
The heavy-duty parts on commercial trucks can easily scratch or cut your hands. A set of gloves designed for mechanical work will protect your hands while giving you the flexibility to use the tools. Many drivers keep three different types of gloves in their truck: canvas work gloves, leather gloves and winter gloves.
Flashlights or Lanterns
Even if you don’t drive at night, you should have a couple of good methods of lighting so you can check the equipment when it’s dark. A mechanic’s headlamp is a good way to have light while keeping your hands free, but you should also keep a good heavy-duty flashlight on hand for added light. Newer flashlights that are rechargeable replace the need to keep additional batteries on hand.
Tire Air Pressure Gauge
Appropriate tire pressure is key to getting good gas mileage. To ensure tires are properly inflated, use a digital air pressure gauge, not the cheap one most recreational drivers use! You can’t rely on the method of kicking tires to make sure tires are properly inflated. When you shop for a pressure gauge, pick up a tire tread depth gauge to check on the health of your commercial tires.
Protect your eyes around the mechanical parts of your truck with a pair of safety glasses. These glasses are almost as important as sunglasses, but you may not need them as much. Store your safety glasses in a protective case or use a clean cotton sock.
First Aid Kit
A basic first aid kit is a necessity for professional drivers. It should include bandages and gauze, scissors, antiseptic wipes, antibacterial ointment, burn ointment and tweezers for emergencies. You can’t prepare for every accident but having some basics can help reduce the chances of minor infections and keep you more comfortable if you do get a small cut or burn.
Keep Your Commercial Tires Operating at Peak Performance
These tools can handle small problems on today’s trucks, but many repairs should only be done by professionals. STTC helps you keep your commercial tires at their best to get more out of your assets.