Even the most well-equipped truck doesn’t come with some basic yet essential tools every truck owner should have on hand. Making sure that some of these tools are in your truck at all times will help ensure that you’re not left ill-equipped when the unexpected happens.
Keeping truck recovery equipment is especially critical for anyone planning to do any type of off-roading, whether for work or for play. Getting your truck stuck in mud or somewhere off the beaten path is not unlikely and having a tow strap and some essential attachment hardware can go a long way in getting your truck out. Small shovel kits and a hi-lift jack are also handy if you have the space for them.
Having a properly inflated spare tire in your truck can go a long way in getting you out of a bind, especially if you are traveling in a rural area with no service center in sight. While most SUV’s and trucks come with a full-size spare tire, it’s a best practice to verify this before your find yourself stranded with a flat.
Basic Safety Equipment
While we aren’t suggesting that you prepare for the worst-case scenario, it’s wise to keep some basic safety equipment in your truck. One that includes warning triangles, a first-aid kit and flares can bring you great peace of mind. Consider also having some non-perishable snacks and a bottle of water in your kit as well.
Winter Safety Kit
This may not be relevant to any readers living in the Southeast but for those residing anywhere else in the country, a basic winter safety kit is a great thing to keep on hand! Must-have items to include in your winter safety kit are a windshield scraper, jumper cables, wool blanket and a shovel.