Not all trips go according to plan. It’s important to be prepared in case of an emergency. Make sure your drivers have access to the items they need and know what to do in unforeseen circumstances or an emergency. Here are some recommendations for what drivers should pack:
Food & Water
It’s a good idea for drivers to store a couple of days’ worth of food and water in their trucks. Non-perishable food items are easy to pack and store on board with a relatively long shelf life. Access to stored non-perishables and water will come in handy in a situation where the driver cannot make it to a store or is unsure when traffic will move again.
As longer days approach during spring and summer, clothing layers and accessories to help combat heat and sun glare are always important. Packing proper clothing for changes in weather year-round can assist in improving drivers’ comfort. If drivers are traveling through areas that could be hit by snowfall, make sure they are packing good snow boots, a heavy jacket, glove and a warm hat. This will prepare them to face the elements if they have to get out of the truck and work on equipment or chain up.
Basic Medical Kit
Falling ill or experiencing an injury are unforeseen circumstances. If drivers are in a position where they can’t access immediate attention, it’s best to have resources on board to temporarily provide some needed relief. Disinfecting wipes, Band-Aids, cold, allergy and pain medication are just a few basic items that are a ‘must-have’ in a medical kit. It is always good to check expiration dates at least periodically to stay adequately prepared and to replenish items that are running low in a basic medical kit.
Flashlight, Cash & Atlas
If drivers find themselves in an area where there is no Wi-Fi or data service and need to locate help, it’s smart to have non-technological items to do so. A trucker’s atlas will help pinpoint their current location and if help is within walking distance. Petty cash is also good to have on board. Not all businesses will take a card for payment, especially if there is a power outage. Lastly, it is also a good idea to pack a quality flashlight, have extra batteries on hand, and carry extra flares, just in case.
For additional resources and items to consider in case of an emergency, visit the Red Cross Survival Kit Supplies.