February 16, 2023
Gadgets certainly aren't essential items for people's everyday lives. However, the right ones that work well can help make your life a lot easier.
Sometimes, the right gadgets can be life-savers, helping cut down on time and effort of mundane and potentially complicated tasks. Gadgets are around for just about every aspect of your life, from cleaning to cooking to helping with your favorite hobby.
There are plenty of gadgets that can help truck drivers do better at their job and be more effective and efficient. Below are some gadget recommendations for truck drivers that can help make their life easier and more enjoyable.

Laptops or Tablets

It's easier than ever to stay connected while you're on the road. Just about anywhere you travel, you can get an internet connection. Having a laptop or a tablet with you while you're on the road can not only make your professional life easier, it can help you stay connected with loved ones.
From a professional perspective, this technology can help you stay connected with your current clients, or future prospective clients even as you're not in the office. It can help you search around for helpful things such as truck stops, places to sleep or more.
From a personal perspective, you can hold video chats with your loved ones while you're on the road to stay connected and help you avoid loneliness.

Mobile Internet Hotspot

Laptops and tablets are great, but most will only be able to connect to the internet if you have a Wifi signal available. That means you'll likely have to wait until you're at a rest stop or a hotel to connect.
If you want to stay connected with these devices while you're on the road, consider purchasing a mobile internet hotspot. This device acts as a portable modem. It receives a signal from phone towers -- like your cellphone does -- and then allows you to connect devices such as tablets or laptops to it so you can get an internet connection.
Most companies that sell these devices will charge a monthly fee based off the amount of data you use. It's a great gadget to have with you to help make life on the road easier.

Cellphone Mount

No driver wants to be operating their truck with their cellphone in their hand. However, you may need to look at it while you're driving to see who's calling you or to load up a song or playlist, for example.
A safe way to do this is to have a cellphone mount. This would allow you to place the cellphone within arm and eye reach so you don't have to fumble for it when you need it. They also make mounts that are big enough for tablets.

Charging Station

All this technology will need to stay charged to work. If you aren't going to be stopping for a while, you'll need to charge it while you're on the road. A great gadget for this is a 12-volt charger that has USB ports so you can connect your cellphone and/or tablet. This is great to have with you so your important devices never die.

Dash Cam

A dash cam is another technological gadget that can serve a number of different purposes. One of the most important things it will help you do, though, is to protect you in case there's ever an accident or other incident that you're involved in.
When you have a dash cam, it will record all of your driving actions, and others on the road as well. This can help back up your claims that you were driving safe and someone else caused an accident, for instance. In the long run, this can save you a considerable amount of time, effort, energy, headaches and money in potential liability claims.


Many trucks today have GPS devices built in. However, if yours doesn't, it would be a good idea to have one.
Cellphones and tablets are great, but they rely on cellular signals (and/or Wifi) to work. A GPS device will work even if you're unable to get a cell signal, and no matter what the weather conditions are.
For many truck drivers, GPS device could actually be considered an essential rather than a gadget.

CB Radio

Modern technology is amazing, but it doesn't always work. If you're driving through a remote, rural area of the country, for instance, you may not be able to get a cellphone signal. What are you going to do, then, if you need help?
A CB radio can come in handy for situations like this. They are a great way to stay connected while you're on the road, providing you with an open communication line if you ever need it.


Gauges can help you keep track of essential systems on your truck while you're on the road. They alert you if they sense an issue so that you can address it before it becomes too big of a problem.
Many modern trucks come equipped with a variety of different gauges. If yours doesn't, then you should strongly consider adding some. You could track things such as your tire pressure, oil temperature and fuel economy, to name a few.

Cargo Boxes

All of these gadgets -- and other equipment you might have -- is great to have with you, but it can also get quite expensive. You don't want to risk having it stolen from your truck when you stop to rest of get something to eat, for instance.
Having a cargo box where you can place all your valuable equipment when you can't be with it in your truck is a great idea. Consider having one that you can easily hide in your cab and that comes with a solid lock. This will not only protect your valuables but give you peace of mind when you can't be right next to the things you can't afford to lose.
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