Every trucker, no matter if they are an owner operator or a company driver, needs a well put together tool kit. We have compiled a list of some of the most essential tools every driver needs as well as some that drivers should have for those “once in a blue moon” situations. See if there is anything you can add to your tool kit or contact us to let us know if there is something else you recommend drivers carry.
1) Vice Grips
For instances when you need a tight grip on something.
2) Duct Tape
You never know when you might need some duct tape.
Don’t get anymore tickets for having a light out!
4) Box Knife
6) Socket Set
7) Bungee Cords
9) Zip Ties
10) Electrical Tape
11) Heat Shrink Tape
To heat up your shrink tape.
Good to have on hand in case you need it.
14) Extra Jug of Oil
Always a must to have in the truck.
Also a necessity.
It can get messy when doing DIY repairs on your truck.
18) Booster Cables
You hope you don’t have to use them, but you are glad you have them.
19) Tire Air Gauge
Keeping your tires at the correct air pressure can save you TONS of money on fuel and keeps your tires’ tread looking good. Read “Lower Your Expenses by Keeping Truck Tires Inflated to the Correct Level” for more information.
20) Tire Depth Gauge
To see how long you have left on your tires or if you need to get more tires.
You need some sort of lubricant like WD-40.
22) Flash Light
An absolute must!
23) Rubber Hammer
24) Mallet Hammer
For times you need a little extra “umph!”
25) Allen Key Set
Need these when you are fixing leaky hoses with joint fitters.
27) Joint Fitters
28) Spare Fuses
29) Spare Turbo Hose Clamp
30) Spare Turbo Hose
31) Spare ECM
Not absolutely necessary but useful if yours goes out so you can at least pull off to the side of the road.
32) Spare Headlights
Your headlights going out at night could be a bad situation.
33) Spare Fuel Filters
35) Tool Box
With all these tools you need some sort of tool box. Here is the ultimate tool box we found that is perfect for your truck.
With all these tools and spare parts, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars and countless hours having to wait for someone to bring help to repair. Stay prepared and keep truckin’!
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