These gadgets, gizmos, and accessories are not legal requirements when on the road. However, if you’re a professional truck driver, you’re going to want to pick yourself up one, two or nine of the items of this list. Because these are the top 9 must-have accessories for your HGV.
9 HOMMINI Memory Foam Eye Mask.
When truck drivers are on the road for days at a time, they have to get sleep as and when they can. Sometimes during the day.
You don’t have to be a truck driver to know that sleeping at the side of the road during the day isn’t easy. So, what options do you have? Sleeping tablets? A teddy bear?
Simple. The TOMMINI Memory Foam Eye Mask.
This accessory boasts 100% light blocking and encourages REM sleep. Made of a breathable material, it also comes with a carry case and earplugs. This ensures sure that all drivers get nothing but a peaceful sleep even when their truck is parked near a busy road. Simply put, it’s a must-have.
When in doubt, use a sharpie.
Professional drivers should always carry a range stationary with them. Marking maps, drawing directions, or drawing on that tattoo you’ve been thinking about. Sharpies can do it all. What’s more, there’s almost nowhere a sharpie can’t leave its mark!
It may not seem like an obvious accessory for a truck driver, but when you find yourself on the road needing to highlight a laminated map, you’ll be pleased you brought some along. Available in packs of just black or a variety of colours, sharpies are a must-have accessory for any professional driver.
In short, everyone loves a sharpie!
Sadly, the story about the astronauts spending millions on space pens whilst the cosmonauts took pencils isn’t true. But the moral of the story remains.
Pens are good, but so are pencils. So, make sure you keep a stash of pencils in your cab somewhere. You never know when you might need them. They don’t need to be fancy or expensive. They’re pencils. That’s it. Any will do.
Seeing as you’re going to be taking pens and pencils, why not buy yourself a nice pencil for your cab, too?
6 LEUNX UV400 Polarised Sunglasses.
If there’s one thing that professional truck drivers need that isn’t a legal requirement, it’s sunglasses.
Having an expensive pair of shades on the road is a good idea but having a good backup pair is even better. Ones you can keep in your cap without having to worry, but at the same time, be good enough to do the job.
This is where the LEUNX UV400’s come in.
Available in a range of colours, these shades are designed for driving and outdoor activities. Light-weight arms, antioxidant painted frames, and 100% UV400 eye protection make these the perfect backup sunglasses for the road.
5 HUAF Portable Charger.
Power is king. And what’s better than power? Portable power of course.
The HUAF Portable Charger features ports for various devices. Featuring multiple ports gives any trucker the ability to charge both their phone and their vape mod at the same time – whilst on the go!
Ok, so maybe you don’t vape. But perhaps your tablet or other device needs charging on the road, ready for your next stop. At just under 9cm by 16cm, this device easily fits in pockets, drink compartments, and glove boxes when not being used. With a digital display and fast charging time, there’s no wonder why this gadget has nearly 150 five-star reviews online.
4 Streamlight 74751 Strion.
Let there be light.
This rechargeable torch is often voted as one of the best on the market. With 50,000-hour battery life, lifetime warranty, and anti-roll design, this is the ultimate light-bringer.
There’s not much to say about this one, it’s a torch. But as far as torches go, it’s the best one on the market.
3 Kapton High Visibility Bomber Jacket/Blackrock Visibility Waistcoat.
Having something high visibility with you on the road is important, especially when you’re out of your cab. As you never know when you may need it.
The Kapton High Visibility Bomber Jacket is waterproof, with a padded lining and storm collar. So, from rain or snow to high winds, this jacket has you covered. You’ll be able to stretch your legs at the truck stop without returning to your cab looking like a drowned rat.
For warmer weather, you’ve got the Blackrock Visibility Waistcoat. Effective day or night, this waistcoat can slip over the top of your comfortable driving clothing. Providing you with a large reflective surface without making the wearer too hot.
Kapton High Visibility Bomber Jacket.
Blackrock Visibility Waistcoat.
2 iOttie Easy One Touch 4.
Phones are becoming more and more crucial in our day-to-day lives. But, of course, you don’t want to have to fiddle around with your phone whilst you’re driving. This can be difficult to avoid if you’re using your phone for directions or maps. Well, this is where the iOttie Easy One Touch 4 comes in.
This gadget allows you to not only mount your phone on the windscreen of your cab but to also manoeuvre it with just one hand. From mounting to adjusting to removing, all these actions can be completed with one hand. When you see what gizmo we have at the number 1 spot, you’re going to wish you had an iOttie Easy One Touch 4.
iOttie Easy One Touch 4.
1 NavTruck App.
Now that you’ve got your phone in your windshield mount (hopefully an iOttie Easy One Touch 4), you’ll need some good apps.
This is where the Navtruck app comes in.
These two apps are a must-have piece of kit for any truck or HGV driver. Whilst on the road, you’ll easily be able to find the nearest truck stop, check nearby weather, find real-time truck parking and more. Our two personal favourite features of this app are the ability to plan routes avoiding low clearance bridges and being able to book truck parking in advance at some locations. Plus, being able to specifically find stops with showers means it gets the number one spot for a must-have accessory.
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