Truck drivers have a tough job, often you’re on the road for hours or days without much rest, and you’re prone to all kinds of problems – a flat tyre, squeaky brakes, or a rattle you can’t seem to pinpoint. Whatever the case though, you want to make sure you’re prepared and the best way to do that is to ensure you have quality tool kits in the cabin or trailer of your vehicle.
Benefits of having a tool kit on the road
Safety: the last thing you want when you’re on the road is a flat tyre or hot engine – that you don’t have the tools to repair. By making sure you have all the right equipment on board, you can fix issues fast, allowing you to get back on the road as soon as possible.
What can go wrong, will: without a doubt, even if you are really careful with your vehicle, there will come a time when it requires some sort of mechanical attention. It’s better to be prepared for anything.
Save you money: Having a tool box in your truck so you can fix any small problems when they first occur could save you money in the long term, eliminating the need for costly repairs.
The right tools save time: Automotive tools are specifically designed to simplify repairs, modifications, and maintenance on your truck. Provided you have the right tools, it will be easier to do the things you need to do without making mistakes or taking too long.
Keep your tool kit well stocked
So, what should you keep in your tool kits?
- Gloves: they’ll keep your hands warm or protect from cuts and scratches while on a job.
- Air compressor: if you do get a flat tyre while you’re on a long haul trip, an air compressor will give you the chance to pump it up – and it might even see you out until you get to the next town.
- Flashlight: if you’re on the road at night, this is a must-have. It can also help you check your wheels, load or engine in low light.
- Adjustable wrench: if there’s one tool you must have, this is it. It’ll ensure you always have the right size wrench, whether you’re changing a tyre or adjusting a screw.
- Sunglasses and safety glasses: sunglasses will protect your eyes while you’re driving, while safety glasses will protect your eyes while you’re making any repairs or on the job.
- Spare parts: when you’re driving a truck, you’re bound to have long stints where there are no service stations or mechanics, so you need to be prepared. Keep your tool kit stocked with fuel filters and fuel lines, fuses and bulbs, alternator, wire, nuts and bolts, brake fluid and coolant.
You might also want to stock:
- Wrench set
- Screwdriver set
- Multi-purpose knife
- Duct tape
- Cleaning supplies
You can never be too prepared. But you want to make sure you ARE ready in case anything happens while you’re on the road.