Truck drivers aren’t expected to be mechanics, but having a few simple semi-truck tools on hand can save a lot of time for easy repairs instead of waiting for emergency maintenance to get to you at a truck stop or roadside.
We filmed a Facebook Live video with million-mile driver and Schneider curriculum team member Bob Seidl, in which he walked us through the must-have trucker tools he likes to keep in a truck. Watch the video and/or read the truck driver tools list below it with all the items he mentioned.
Must-have truck driver tools
One of our million-mile drivers Bob shows you important tools to keep in your truck. Ask a question and follow along!Posted by Schneider Truck Driving Jobs on Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Truck driver tools checklist
- Small toolbox – with room in the tractor at a premium, a fishing tackle box can be an economical option.
- Crescent wrenches – a couple different sizes are recommended.
- Combination wrenches – they contain both open and box ends, and recommended sizes include 7/16”, 1/2”, 9/16” and 5/8”.
- Dog or dog bone wrench – this multi-function wrench can also come with a magnet and is great for getting into awkward places.
- Vice grips – two sizes recommended, great for pulling the release arm for trailer tandems.
- Wire cutter and electrical tape – if there’s a bald spot on a wire, cutting and splicing can get you safely to a shop for a full fix.
- Ratcheting screwdriver set – with slotted, Phillips, TORX and hex bits to cover a wide variety of needs, including headlight adjustments.
- 3-lb. sledgehammer – great for releasing stuck 5th wheels and quickly checking for low tire pressure.
- Air pressure gauge – if the sledgehammer reveals a different-sounding tire, use an air pressure gauge to confirm (don’t check every tire every time with a gauge).
- Flashlights – it can be helpful to carry two, a smaller LED flashlight for checking 5th-wheel coupling, and a bigger one for full pre- and post-trip inspections done at night.
- Metal dowel rod – can come in handy for releasing frozen brakes.
- Safety glasses – always smart to wear when you’re working on your truck or trailer.
- Gloves – learn more about these three must-have truck driver gloves.
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