3 types of must-have gloves for truck drivers

By The Schneider Guy Apr 15, 2019
best gloves for truck drivers

Whether you’re an intermodal, van truckload or tanker driver, or anywhere in between, it is important to include gloves on your packing list.

Some truck drivers, like flatbed or tanker drivers, may find themselves needing to invest in higher-quality or more specialized gloves for the additional work that is required of them. At minimum, though, there are three types of must-have gloves for truck drivers, no matter their line of business.

Essential gloves for truck drivers:

1. Canvas work gloves

canvas gloves for truck drivers
canvas gloves for truck drivers

What they’re used for: While doing all types of work, including working with tools and chains or when freeing frozen brakes on the ground

What to look for when purchasing: Find ones that are reinforced where your hands will be in contact with hot, greasy things

Where to buy them: Home improvement stores like Menards and The Home Depot or farm supply stores like Blain’s Farm & Fleet

Extra tip: Do not spend more than $8-10 per pair

2. Leather work gloves

Leather gloves for truck drivers
Leather gloves for truck drivers

What they’re used for: While fueling, and checking oil and belts

What to look for when purchasing: Buy ones that are made of deer leather, as these are more comfortable and durable

Where to buy them: Home improvement stores like Menards and The Home Depot or farm supply stores like Blain’s Farm & Fleet

Extra tip: Do not rely on wearing canvas gloves while fueling. Leather gloves retain some of the oil, become very soft and are waterproof. It is easier to feel things with leather compared to canvas, as canvas gloves are stiffer and coarser

3. Cold weather gloves

cold weather gloves for truck drivers
cold weather gloves for truck drivers

What they’re used for: While being outside for long periods of time in the winter

What to look for when purchasing: Look for ones that will keep the wind and cold out; the thicker, the better

Where to buy them: Sporting goods and outdoor gear stores

Extra tip: If you live in a warm climate, it is important to remember there may be times when a load will require you to travel to a much colder climate. Be prepared by keeping a pair of winter gloves in your cab.

Additional glove tips to keep in mind:

  • Avoid purchasing your gloves from truck stops, unless it’s an emergency. You’ll end up paying double the price for lesser quality gloves.
  • Don’t overspend when buying canvas and leather work gloves unless you need them for more specialized work.
  • Don’t skip out on wearing gloves. It is important to protect your skin from harmful chemicals and it reduces the likelihood of preventable injuries.

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