Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Important Winter Emergency Items Truckers Need To Carry

Important Winter Emergency Items Truckers Need To Carry Holy winter, right?! This year is off to one, cold, snowy, and icy start. Snow seems to be just about everywhere, followed by trucks in the ditch. We hope you’re able to remain safe and warm all season long.

However, when you least expect it, the worse can happen. If you’re caught in an emergency situation please make sure you’re properly prepared to comfortably make it through. Check out what emergency items are always good to have in your rig.

Important Winter Emergency Items Truckers Need To Carry

One of the most important things you can have is an extra pair of warm dry clothes. If you get wet and need to change, then a nice warm sweater will make a huge difference. We have seen some truckers out at truck stops in a t-shirt and shorts with temperatures below freezing, but don’t know how they do it!

In order to stay warm carry an extra sleeping bag or blankets. You could even bring an electric one. A few extra warms of warm socks are also in an incredibly warm resource to have.

It’s also important to have waterproof gear. Make sure you have a warm winter jacket, hat, and boots to stand up to icy conditions. The key is to wear layers, so you can remove items if you get too hot. Also, you need a pair of waterproof gloves that are functional, so you can get out and perform truck maintenance with them on, if need be.

You never know if you might get stuck somewhere for a few hours or maybe even days, so take some non-perishable food, like cans of tuna, packs of crackers, or beef jerky with you. It’s also best to carry enough bottles of water to stay hydrated.

On this note, be sure to carry any medication that you need daily and anything that you can’t live without, like coffee. Sometimes we can’t imagine a day that would be worse than one without coffee!

Electronic wise, it’s good to have a hand crank radio, so you’ll be able to stay up to date on what’s happening. Also, have a reliable flashlight and battery-powered lamps. You can also take an extra phone battery, batteries, and solar-powered chargers.

Don’t forget about an alternate source of power like an auxiliary power unit (APU) to heat your cab without idling or running the engine. A portable heater or a wick candle can heater are also good to have.

You should also bring your toolbox to be able to make small repairs yourself. Make sure you have a utility knife with a seatbelt cutter and point to break glass. Also, it’s important to carry matches and a lighter just in case.

If you get hurt you will want an emergency kit on hand with bandages, antiseptic, band-aids, and more, so don’t forget it. You can also pack some extra painkillers and baby wipes. Speaking of wipes, you might want to have an extra roll of toilet paper in case nature calls during your emergency situation.

Stay Safe And Warm

There are a few more snowy months to make it through until we can finally thaw out. Be sure to slow down and drive with caution. In the event of an emergency, we hope you’re prepared to stay safe and warm.

Please share the winter emergency items you carry in the comment section below and visit TruckLogics for more trucking blogs.

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