Truck Emergency Tool Kit
you travel those crisscrossing highways and byways, you are
going to run into problems sooner or later. Will you be prepared
with the basic tools on-hand, or will you just be another stranded
trucker, ground to a halt because you don't have the simplest
of tools? Of course these tools wont enable you to change the
crankshaft in your engine, nor will they enable you to replace
your brake shoes. But they will help you overcome those typical
problems that truckers run into on a daily basis.
article has two purposes. First we want to convince you that having
these basic tools can help keep you out of harm's way. And secondly,
we want to give you a list of preferred tools which will meet
most if not all of your problem needs. If you are already convinced
that you should carry basic tools, click tools
listing to move on. If you're not convinced then you had better
keep on reading.
you are broke down along the highway (especially at night) you
place your self at great risk. It doesn't matter if you are an
owner/operator or a company driver. Just stop and think for a
minute ... can you even imagine being killed at night just because
you didn't have an operating flashlight with you?
don't need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on tools. Besides,
you wouldn't have any place to store them anyway. Instead go out
and spend about enough to get these basic tools which will enable
you to remedy many typical road side problems and irritations.
Trucker Emergency Tools Listing
following tools have been carefully selected to be most flexible
in time of need. You need not buy top of the line tools, especially
if you tend to loose things. Of course, don't go out and by those
pot-metal tools from china at the local dollar store either. Use
common sense and collect your tools by watching for good sales.
We wouldn't recommend a tool box either. They require to much
room and are hard to store. Find yourself a leather or burlap
pouch to keep your tools in.
Just click on the underlined description below for a picture of
the less common items.
Flashlight, 2 each. Flashlights vary in price from 2-bucks
to 40-bucks so shop wisely.
Roll of duct tape, you just never know what it can be used
Roll of electrical tape, obvious uses
Spare light bulbs for trailer
Fuel filter wrench
Pair of vicegrips, 4 to 5 inches in length
Pair of Pliers, about 4 to 5 inches in length
Pair of side cutter pliers,
about 3 to 4 inches in length
Pair of needle nose pliers,
about 3 to 4-inches in length
Crescent Wrench, 8 to 10 inch handle length (crescent-hammer)
(10 inch makes a better emergency hammer! <grin>)
Pocket knife, medium size
12V DC Test light, looks like
a screwdriver with bulb in handle
Large flat bladed screwdriver, tip about 5/16 inch wide
(also know as screw-chisel when used with the crescent-hammer)
Medium flat bladed screwdriver, tip about 3/16 inch wide
Small flat bladed screwdriver, tip about 1/8 inch wide
Phillips screwdriver, shank about 1/8 inch diameter
Phillips screwdriver, shank about 1/4 inch diameter
Allen wrench set (US)
Allen wrench set (metric)
Batt & Alternator Tester,
Radio Shack #22-112 (just $5.95)
care of these tools and they could very well get you safely through
an emergency !
optional tools would include:
1/4 inch drive socket set including standard & metric sockets
size crow bar. The crow bar can also be bounced on tires to
check tire pressure.
- Digital multimeter,
if you plan to do electrical troubleshooting. One of those $30
- $60 units at Radio Shack will do just fine.
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