What should every driver keep in their cab? As a commercial truck driver, you spend a lot of time on the road, but that doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice safety and comfort. At Britton, we want our drivers to be prepared for the unexpected. Read up on what we think are 5 essentials to keep in your cab, then let us know what you keep in yours!
First Aid Kit
You can either purchase a pre-made first aid kit from the store, or build your own. When you happen to get a small cut or wound on the road, you’ll be happy to have sanitizer, antibiotic, and bandaids on hand. The ideal first aid kit for travel should contain at least these items:
- Adhesive tape
- Sterile gauze pads
- Antacid & Antidiarrheal
- Antihistamine cream
- Cough medication
- Small flashlight
- Insect repellant
- Moleskin for blisters
- Nasal spray
- Personal medications
- A list of your personal medical history & emergency contact person’s information
Work gloves can wear down pretty quickly since they’re used so often. You should even keep a few different types of gloves (and backups) in your cab – a pair to keep your hands dry, a pair to keep them warm, and another set to protect your hands from any injuries while loading and unloading. Some drivers keep a different pair of gloves for each task: fueling, loading, driving, and more. Leather cowboy gloves are a go-to for many drivers, giving your a comfortable, breathable fit.
Something so simple that can do so much! We know your cab’s cleanliness matters, and keeping baby wipes on hand in the truck is the easiest way you can easily clean up your cab, and your hands and face after a dirty day on the road.
Safety is always a priority. Keeping road reflectors in your cab – emergency flares, cones, and warning triangles – will make sure you stay safe whenever a situation arises in which you need to alert and/or divert traffic. When your truck doesn’t exactly fit in a rest area space, you can also use your road reflectors to alert neighbors as to how much room you’ll be taking up.
Who hasn’t lost a pair of sunglasses? It’s easy to misplace, lose, or break multiple pairs a year, so you should always have a few back up pairs stashed away in the cab to prevent glaring from the sun and reflection from icy or snowy roads. Purchasing polarized sunglasses will prevent headaches, eyestrain, and fatigue.