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Being a truck driver usually means keeping your eyes on the road and not letting other things distract you. However, there are still some helpful devices that every trucker should have. Some of these may make your job easier or help you stay safer and healthier while you’re out on the road.
Most trucks have some sort of radio because that’s your primary form of communication with headquarters or other truckers. Many drivers can use the radio without needing to pull over, and it’s an invaluable way to convey information about traffic delays, weather conditions, or other issues on the road. A radio is one of the best ways to enhance fleet communication between truckers and keep everybody informed.
Knowing how to read a map is still an essential skill, but most drivers now have some form of global positioning system (GPS) in their vehicles. These devices allow drivers to know exactly where they are and find directions on the shortest or fastest routes. Some GPS devices enable drivers to find nearby restaurants, hotels, truck stops, gas stations, or anything else they may need when they need to pull over.
Cellular Signal Booster
You may not consider a cellular signal booster in your rig the most important thing to invest in, but it’s a helpful device that every trucker should have. Truckers may find themselves in a more rural or remote region with limited cell power, and the booster can amplify weaker signals to help them stay connected. A signal booster is great for those who use their phones for navigation or in the event that they need to pull over and call for help.
A dash camera allows drivers to record everything things they see on the road. It may not seem like the most exciting piece of equipment, but it can be invaluable in the event of an accident. Dash cams can help provide valuable evidence and records for insurance if something goes wrong while drivers are on the road. That evidence can help drivers keep insurance premiums down and ensure they keep their jobs if someone falsely accuses them of unsafe driving.