14 Useful Trucking Tools, Equipment & Gear

Helpful Trucking Tools to Keep in Your Truck

Carabiner - PTI Equipment
An example of the gear to keep in your truck.

As a Class A CDL truck driver, you need to be prepared for any situation – you never know what’s going to happen on the road! That’s were you need to plan ahead and bring the best trucking tools. That light bulb that needs changing on a trailer in the middle of the night? You’ll need a flashlight. Can’t get traction in a parking lot in the middle of winter? You’ll need salt to throw down and get going again. Here’s a list 14 trucking tools, equipment and gear to get you started:

  1. Flat Jaw Vise Grips – If there’s a need to fix something, then you’re set. If you blow a brake line, you can clamp the line and back off the brake so you can drive somewhere to get it fixed.
  2. Flashlight – A good flashlight is a definite must for not only using at night, but for when the light is dim and you’re having trouble seeing what you’re working on.
  3. Aluminum Tape – Helpful for making a quick patch when necessary.
  4. Hammer, a Few Wrenches, and Screw drivers – An absolute must in trucking tools – you never know what you might need to fix.
  5. Basic Ratchet and Socket Set – For tightening bolts, screws, and other nuts and bolts that could be loose.
  6. Black Electrical Tape and a Sharp Knife – It doesn’t make sense to have one without the other.
  7. Air Gage – You’ll need one to track the air pressure in your tires.
  8. Air Hose – Can connect it to a glad hand to pump up a tire that’s low.
  9. Broom and Dustpan – Cleaning out a trailer is tough without both. To take things a step further, get a whisk broom to make cleaning even easier (or a leaf blower!).
  10. Work Gloves – You need to keep your hands protected. Make sure to buy a good pair.
  11. Coveralls – Perfect for when you need to crawl under a truck or trailer and don’t want to get dirty.
  12. Cleaning Supplies – They come in handy when you’re not near a truck stop and need to clean your windshield.
  13. Zip Ties and Carabiners – Useful for bunching air hoses together and securing trailer doors.
  14. Extra Water, Oil, and Windshield Washer fluid – It never hurts to have these items on hand for a quick top-off. 

Trucking Tools Recommended By Paper Transport Drivers

The trucking tools, equipment, and gear on this list were shared by our very own Class A CDL truck drivers at Paper Transport. They’re very supportive of one another and most will do whatever they can to help their teammates be successful. Don’t believe it? Well, hear it first from one of our drivers:

PT Driver Terrie U
PTI Driver Terrie Ursey.

“What I like about working for PTI is they just don’t look at you like a truck number. When I call in, they call me by my name … And, my coworkers keep me at the company too. There hasn’t been a time I couldn’t walk up to a PTI driver and ask for help. It means a lot to me that they don’t mind taking the time out of their schedule to help me.” – Terrie Ussery, home weekly Jacksonville dedicated Class A CDL Truck Driver.

Looking for more information on what you should bring with you for the road? Visit “Packing for the Road” to check out tips from Driving Instructors (and former truck drivers) Paul and Ross.

If you want to be a member of a supportive team, visit our driving opportunities page to learn more about Paper Transport’s driving positions today.

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