Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Truck Driver
Are you looking for a practical gift for your favorite truck driver? If your spouse or loved spends a lot of time on the road, you know it can be very hard to find a practical gift that he or she will use and love. But there are plenty of ways you can make his or her job easier with a simple present. Here are 15 gift ideas that are perfect for any truck driver:
Truck Route GPS or App
Choose a GPS model or download an app that is specifically designed with truck drivers in mind. Such units should have height clearance information, truck-prohibited routes identified and updated maps. Additional features that are available include the ability to enter your specific truck information, such as height and gross vehicle weight.
A GPS or an app on a smartphone can save a truck driver a considerable amount of time in reaching their destination. It takes the guesswork out of bridge heights and truck routes and helps them find the nearest rest stop or truck-friendly eatery.
Portable Vehicle Safe
Some drivers have to collect cash, cashier's checks, money orders or business checks at the time of delivery. Some drivers carry cash in case of an emergency. If a driver stops for a break, a shower or is broken down for a while, he may not want to take all his valuables with him when he leaves the cab. However, leaving those valuables in the cab can be risky. A portable vehicle safe is ideal for this situation.
While many drivers leave the truck at night and stay at roadside hotels, some drivers will sleep in their cabs. In remote areas, accommodations aren't always available. The cab can get very cold, so an electric blanket can be a huge help. Look for one with a long cord so the driver does not have to struggle to plug it into an outlet.
Nothing helps a good night's sleep like a good mattress. Gone are the days when sleeper units just had foam pads in them. Mattresses are now manufactured with the driver's comfort in mind. But before purchasing a new mattress, consider that people can have very different ideas of what's comfortable. It might be more beneficial to give a gift card from a manufacturer so the driver can purchase exactly what he or she is looking for.
Wireless Bluetooth Headset
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has successfully passed a law making it illegal for a commercial vehicle driver to operate a hand-held cell phone while operating the commercial vehicle. That's why hands-free headsets can be helpful on the road, allowing drivers to stay connected to their families while staying safe.
First Aid Kit
While a first-aid kit may not sound exciting, it's essential for any driver. Drivers are usually alone and cannot always get to a medical facility quickly. Having a first-aid kit can be helpful when faced with a minor cut or burn.
Important items in a first aid kit include antiseptic, gauze, medical tape, burn ointment, bandages and common medications like aspirin or allergy pills for routine issues.