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Your Truck Driver Emergency Kit For Before And After Emergencies

Thursday, February 27th, 2020
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Updated February 27, 2020

Today’s truck drivers should always be prepared; whether it’s cat-like reflexes or a tool for anything and everything that could go wrong. Most truck drivers are safe and skilled drivers, but it only takes one mishap and they find themselves in a position where they have to save a life, prevent a disaster, or fix a mechanical malfunction in a moment’s notice. That’s why seasoned and smart truckers always have an emergency kit on hand.

The commercial trucking industry offers the best rigs on the market and most are equipped with the best in modern technology. But, you must make and maintain your own kit. The items you use can be designed to assist on short trips or long distance hauls to remote locations. Here are some of the essential items that should be inside your emergency kit.


A good, working flashlight is an ideal tool at night. You never know what could go wrong once the sun sets. Experienced truckers will suggest purchasing a flashlight that turns on-and-off by motion. Others prefer having a flashlight that is battery-operated. If you choose the battery option, pack spare batteries inside your emergency kit as well.

Utility knife

A utility knife is an invaluable tool for any truck driver that can be used on a daily basis. Its versatility becomes necessary on the road. Utility knives can open a can of food, measure the tread depth of the tires, and cut cloth to make a tourniquet for an accident victim.

Safety flags and hazard warning signs

Two of the more important items needed in an emergency kit are safety flags and hazard warning signs. Both tools are used to alert other drivers of possible dangerous driving conditions ahead that could delay their travels on the road. This will help them to use extra caution when nearing your location. Safety flags come in a variety of colors so you should always have the right one for any situation.

The Department of Transportation requires all commercial trucks be equipped with hazard warning signs. These are used to alert other drivers on the road of a truck’s oversized cargo load, giving them time to stay clear of the commercial vehicle.

Breaker bar

A breaker bar can loosen lug nuts off a blown tire during the replacement process. An advantage of having a breaker bar inside the emergency kit is that it provides more torque than a standard socket. In other emergency situations, a breaker bar can offer more helps by removing, lifting, or destroying objects that are obstructing the safety of others.

Vice-grip pliers

A pair of vice-grip pliers is another useful tool for a truck driver to have in an emergency kit. These pliers can hold a part in place while repairing the vehicle. Also, it might be wise to keep a set of screwdrivers with multiple heads along side your vice-grip pliers. Together, these tools can repair many parts of your commercial truck.

Tire pump

If space is a problem, you should have at least a tire gauge inside your emergency kit. But, a tire pump is essential for long distance hauls. This becomes a valuable tool during roadside stops. Experienced truck drivers prefer a tire pump that comes with a pressure gauge and a built-in flashlight.

Mallet or hammer

Depending on the location and distance of your trip, a mallet or hammer will become a handy tool to loosen pieces off the truck during repair or after an accident. Also, a mallet or hammer can help to create a wider opening to escape a dangerous situation that restricts your movement.

Trailer safety ladder

It is important to know how to prevent emergencies as well as deal with them. One emergency that truckers can experience is slipping or falling, especially flatbed truck drivers. Loading, unloading, and checking cargo is a daily task and you should be prepared to stay safe. Using a flatbed safety ladder can help you access your cargo without worrying about falling in any kind of weather.

Other essential items found inside an emergency kit

Some of the items found inside an emergency kit are designed to repair a commercial vehicle, while others are needed to protect against the outside elements. These necessary items include the following:

  • Gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ski cap
  • Non-perishable food
  • Medical first aid items
  • Duct tape
  • Jumper cables
  • Spare vehicle parts and fluids
  • Bottled water
  • A foldable shovel
  • Maps
  • Emergency contact numbers

All these items are needed to combat weather-related and mechanical emergencies that truckers can encounter on the road.

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Published February 19, 2019