Trucking places a premium on speed without sacrificing efficiency. The busier we get, the more likely we are to make a mistake or forget. Checklists are great tools to stay organized, set priorities, and feel accomplished. This October 30th is National Checklist Day and in honor of the holiday that we all didn’t know existed, Raney’s has devised a Checklist to ensure that nothing goes unnoticed or is forgotten.
Raney’s Checklist – Must Have’s
- Roadside Safety Gear – Before each and every departure you should prepare for the unexpected. In the event of roadside difficulties, an emergency kit can equip you with much of what you will need. This kit includes a high-visibility vest, Rain Poncho, Jumper Cables, Antiseptics, and 15-minute flares. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution than your traditional 15-minute flare, products like this collapsible safety triangle light are ideal for warning other drivers of your location with LED lights. Another exceptional warning light is the Emergency LED Super Flare, which has a magnetic base to easily attach to a trailer. Remember, when it comes to roadside safety, it is better to be safe than sorry!
- Tire Chains – Tire Chains are a crucial element to anyone planning on driving during snowy/icy conditions. In some states, tire chains are even mandatory during poor weather conditions. If you’re looking for a convenient and effective alternative to traditional tire chains, Raney’s recommends the Auto Sock. Legal in all 50 States, the Auto Sock is the premium alternative to traditional tire chains. Crafted with special fibers that adapt to maximize dry friction, the Auto Sock provides exceptional traction without the commotion of tire chains.
- Tire Repair Kit – Tires are the most frequent culprit for roadside breakdowns. In the unfortunate event of a punctured tire, a tire repair kit can quickly get you back on the road with minimal downtime.
- 12-Volt Refrigerator – A truck fridge may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of necessities before a departure, but if you’re an OTR trucker, you know the importance of a quality truck fridge. Truck Fridges provide a less expensive way to maintain a healthier diet by refrigerating prepared meals and can store items like an icepack in the event of an injury while you’re on the road.
- Check Your Headlights – While it may go without saying, headlights should be checked before any haul. Headlight outages not only make driving conditions dangerous but can also be costly if discovered by Highway Patrol. A great way to avoid the potential hindrance caused by a headlight outage is with a headlight conversion kit. The conversion kit will detect a low-beam outage and automatically convert your high-beam light to low-beam, leaving no reason to stop driving.
As Ice Cube famously said, “You better check yo self before you wreck yo self”.