All truck drivers know how important it is to be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances that they may encounter on the road. This is one of the reasons proper maintenance is so important. However, no matter how much you adhere to the maintenance schedule of your truck, there will inevitably be instances where you experience road mishaps. Regardless of whether you drive a used truck or a new one, it’s still important to be ready for every kind of scenario you may encounter on the road.
If you drive a new truck, the likelihood of you dealing with a breakdown is fairly low. On the other hand, you may need to be more prepared if you drive a used truck, as there is a greater chance of wear and tear and general maintenance problems. Nevertheless, you can still find sleeper trucks in good condition for sale, which only need proper maintenance upon acquisition.
Regardless of whether you have a new truck or a used one, you should always travel with the right tools, whether for breakdown, on the road maintenance or any other situation you may find yourself in. Here are the essentials.
One of the primary things that you need to keep in your truck is a toolbox where you can organise and gather the tools that you need to bring along. This way, it will be easy for you to find what you are looking for when you need them.
Toolboxes come in various sizes. And one that is small enough to fit your truck, but spacious enough to hold all the tools that you need, will prove to be sufficient. You may even already have your own toolbox, but you may consider getting a new one so you can have more space for the tools you’ll need.
Your toolbox should contain various types of wrenches that are designed to fulfill different purposes. For instance, you may need a crescent wrench to loosen up or tighten bolts that a combination wrench may not be able to handle. You’ll never know when you’re going to need a particular kind of wrench, so you just have to be ready in case that situation comes up.
It is also a good idea to have a combination wrench in your toolbox because after all, this won’t take up much space in it. You have the option of adding a dog bone wrench in your toolbox which can help you reach narrow or awkward spaces in your truck. If you’re someone who’s been handling trucks for some time now, then you most likely already know which kinds of wrenches are most commonly used.
Apart from wrenches, make sure that your toolbox is also equipped with a set of screwdrivers that can help you loosen or tighten up various sizes of screws. There are screwdrivers that are designed to be multipurpose and compact, while there are also those that come in a custom-designed pouch that makes it easy for you to get the size that you need.
There’s no such thing as having too many screwdrivers because it’s arguably one of the most frequently misplaced tools. You’d rather have a few extra screwdrivers than finding out you don’t have one when you need it.
Make sure that your hands are protected from any imminent risk while you are doing the necessary repairs in your truck. This means that you should always carry with you some work gloves that will ensure that your hands are not easily prone to cuts or punctures that can be brought about by the tools that you need to use or the parts of the truck that you need to repair.
Also, keep in mind to get a pair of work gloves that perfectly fits your hand that allows you to comfortably address the task at hand. The gloves should not only protect your hands, but they should also be comfortable enough to wear while you’re working on some repairs on your truck.
Some long drives entail the need for you to be on the road even at night. Thus, in case that you encounter a road mishap during the night time, a flashlight will prove to be handy, which is why you need to ensure that you have one kept in your truck always.
Even if it is daytime, there are certain parts of your truck that will be better illuminated with a bright flashlight. Keep in mind to have some spare batteries ready too. Today, there are also rechargeable flashlights. These are better than the conventional ones that run on traditional batteries. Make sure to have those types of flashlights with you whenever you’re driving your truck.
You need to have clean water with you at all times whenever you are on the road, which is why you need to carry with you a water jug that is filled with clean and potable water. In this way, you are sure that the water you need to use is clean. As much as possible, also keep a water jug that is filled with water that is dedicated to your truck. You can refill both of your jugs as soon as you reach a truck stop.
Make sure that whenever you embark on a long or short journey, you have the tools above kept in your truck because they will surely be handy when you find yourself in an unfortunate situation. This is true regardless of whether you are driving a new truck or a used one. With these tools on hand, you are guaranteed that you will be able to resolve any truck issues that you may encounter while you are on the road.