At Real Truckers we don’t expect you to be expert mechanics, but a well-stocked toolbox is a must for truckers on the road. Carrying the right tools can save time calling for repairs or roadside assistance.
Here is a quick list of the tools every Real Trucker needs to have in their truck to be on top of anything that can happen out there on America’s roads.
If your truck needs fixes for things your toolbox can’t handle, talk to our friends at Drive Logistics and they can point you in the right direction about all things REAL trucking!
Tip: Screenshot the list below with your smart phone or grab a pencil to write down every tool below for your shopping list.
Real Truckers Must-Have Tools:
Small toolbox: A fishing tackle box will do the job. This small container and its multiple compartments won’t take up much room in your cab and you can separate your nuts, bolts, washers, fuses and bulbs in one tidy spot. Crescent wrenches: These durable wrenches are great for getting into tough spaces and are strong enough to latch on to odd sized parts on your truck. The four you will use the most are 7/16, .5, 9/16 and 5/8. 3-lb sledgehammer: Use this tool during your pre-trip check to determine if you need to use your air pressure gauge to check tire pressure. Foot long metal dowel: This should weigh about three to four pounds and is perfect for breaking ice on frozen brakes and other odd jobs around the truck. If you are planning to drive in the winter months, this is a must-have.
Dog or dog bone wrench: This tool has a moving head with many wrench sizes to grab on to nuts and bolts. Most of these wrenches are magnetized and are great for grabbing metal objects in spaces your hand won’t fit. Sometimes this can replace your crescent wrenches, but we recommend having both in your truck. Gloves: You need at least two pair. One should be leather (deer leather is a good choice) and use these for oil checking and fueling. Oil won’t go through these type of gloves and they are easy to use. The second set of gloves should be made of heavy-duty canvas, they are long lasting and provide great protection from objects that can poke you. Vice Grips: You should have two in your truck, one large and one small.
Ratcheting screwdriver set: Find the set with at least 20 pieces. The 20-piece set will contain everything you need for most tasks around your truck.
Flashlights: All Real Truckers carry two, small LED flashlights in their cab. Use these for your pre- and post-trip inspections done at nighttime. An 18-inch MagLite is a great flashlight for late night walks around trailers and for dimly lit parking lots.
Don’t forget these tools, below!
Standard wire cutter, electrical tape, air pressure gauge, safety glasses, first aid kit, screw drivers and box cutter/knife.