Endless highways, sleepiness and loneliness can lead us to unpredictable situations in which we have to rely solely on ourselves. That is why it is important to be prepared for every situation and be ready for all unforeseen circumstances. Even though each of us is special and has different needs, there are some basic things we need to equip ourselves with.
First Aid Kit
First aid kit is one of the most basic things you need on the road. Besides its importance for our own safety and security, there is also the possibility of being penalized if you do not have first aid kits in the truck. Before traveling, make sure you have a first aid kit with all the prescribed contents, which includes several types of bandages, gauze, patch, needle, curved scissors and similar things that can help you if you are injured on the road.
There is a lot of unforeseen situations on the road, so it is very important to have an emergency kit with you. It is made up of different tools that can help you along the way. You can estimate for yourself what will bring more or less benefit to you, but some of the things you need to have with you are pliers, screwdrivers, adhesive tape (or duct tape), spare lightbulbs for headlights and emergency lights, additional fuses, jumper cables, mobile phone charger, ice scraper. Don’t forget to pack some spare clothes and shoes if you go on a long trip.
It’s hard to eat cooked food while you are on the road. But it is important to provide yourself with as much energy as possible through well maintained diet and to bring some healthy snacks. In order to drive for a long period of time, you need energy and it is important that you eat a certain dose of healthy food. Heavy food can make you sleepy, and thus make driving more difficult. Don’t forget to always have snacks with you, such as dried fruits, nuts, enough fluids and so on.
A durable flashlight is another accessory without which we should not go on the road. You often have to drive at night, on unlit roads, and every time you get out of the truck will be incomparably easier. Also, in case of unpredictable situations, such as a malfunction on the truck, a flashlight, but also good work gloves, will significantly make it easier for you to resolve the situation.
Tire Pressure Gauge
It is recommended to check the tire pressure at least once a month and it’s a must before every trip longer than 200 miles. A gauge is an important item of your safety and it will also save you a lot of time on the gas stations. If the pressure is too low, tires heat up faster, wear out, and lead to higher fuel consumption, while overinflated tires do not adhere well enough to the ground and can be unstable. The best thing you could do is to check the tire pressure when the tires are cold, i.e. when you are preparing for the trip or when you are on a long break. This is important because heated tires have slightly higher pressures than regular ones, so they can mislead you to think everything is okay. Also don’t forget to check the air pressure in the spare tire as well!