Every truck driver should have some ability to repair their truck in the event of a breakdown. These tools and useful items can help make that possible.
Tire Pump, Patch Kit and Tire Gauge
If your tire goes flat along the side of the road, these tire-repair tools may enable you to re-inflate the tire just enough to get to civilization. As an alternative, you can also buy an all-inclusive tire repair kit. If you do, take the time to familiarize yourself with the contents and how to use each piece. After all, the last thing you'll want to deal with if your tire goes flat is learning how to use the contents of your tire patch kit.
Standard Tool Kit
Keep a standard tool kit on hand so you can make small repairs on the road. Among other things, your tool kit should include:
- Mallet, hammer or both. These can be useful for loosening tightly wound parts.
- Screw drivers. Keep both Philips head and standard screw drivers available, or better yet, buy just one screw driver handle that comes with Philips head and standard screw driver removable bits.
- Pliers. This tool is a standard go-to that can be used for many different tasks when making repairs.
- Breaker bar. Breaker bars give you better leverage when undoing tough nuts.
If your breakdown happens at night and you don't have a flashlight, you'll have little hope of correcting the problem out on the road. Keeping a flashlight on hand can help you see in the dark as you make repairs. If your flashlight uses batteries, make a point of checking your flashlight batteries once a year at a time of year you'll remember. If remembering to change batteries is a problem for you, consider buying a camping flashlight with a self-charging crank battery. This way, you'll never have to worry about the batteries going bad.
If you have a smart phone with camera capability, your phone may have a flashlight built in. If you're not sure whether or not your smart phone has flashlight capability, read your phone's owner's manual.
External Phone Battery
Breakdowns always seem to happen at the worst possible minute, like when your phone battery is about to die. You probably keep a phone charger in your cab, but if your cab is unable to turn on and charge your battery, you'll have a problem. Keep a fully-charged external phone battery on hand. If the cord that connects the battery to the phone is detachable, always keep the cord plugged in to the battery. This way you'll always be able to call for semi truck repair.