Making Your Truck a Home Away From Home |
The 40-tonne monsters which barrel down motorways at all hours of the day are home to something a little more personal than just a set of pedals, a driving seat, and a wheel. They are bastions of a lifestyle: a cornerstone for the concept of good old fashioned hard work.
But, behind the gauges and switches of those hulking dashboards is a second home, essentially a one bedroom flat on wheels, with everything from a bed to a miniature kitchen. It is also in the cabin where the driver’s background, personality and experiences are revealed through personal effects such as family photos and talismans. In the hustle and bustle of delivery work, it pays to take advantage of those creature comforts that can help with the long drives. So, here is a list of every knick-knack, gadget, or trinket that a trucker should own.
• Flags, dice, and mascots
If you already own a pair of fuzzy dice or some mud flaps etched with scantily clad women then you can move on to the next section, but if not you can’t go wrong with a mascot or flag that you’d be proud to display.
While this boils down to personal preference, what better way to personify your vehicle than with a miniature statue of a Viking. This unique and versatile cabin fixture will certainly strike fear into the hearts of those who dare to overtake you, as they gaze up at its magnificence from their puny 4-wheeled automobiles.
• Seat Covers and wheel covers
The natural wear and tear of your cabin interior will bring its own ruggedness, but you might want to have a bit more control of your look. A good seat cover should offer protection for years, and the Deluxe cover sold by Truck Suff does just that. It is made from strong elastic fabric that is easy on the eyes and the seats.
• Curtains and lampshades
A homey interior does wonders for giving your relaxation levels a boost when you want to isolate yourself from the rest of the world. Truck Stuff sells an incredibly well-crafted royal curtain set is made from a rich velour and is completed with tasselled pommels which playfully line the edges. Perfect for making your cabin into the palace that you envisage it to be.
• Bluetooth charging kit
A small and sleek Bluetooth charging kit ensures that your phone will always have power on the road, freeing your cabin of messy wires and plugs. It is also hands-free so you can keep your eyes and hands focused on the road.
• Emergency pack
You never know what awaits you on those long hauls, so it pays to be prepared for anything. This incredible little piece of kit that can fit on your keys can easily smash through windows and cut through seatbelts if you need an emergency exit.
• Fishing Net
After weeks of delivery work, your cabin can become lost in a pile of dirty laundry and other miscellaneous debris. The solution is simple, a large fishing net. These are rather handy as they can be pinned to a wall or roof and won’t take up any space like a traditional wardrobe or container would.
• Satnav holder
The final entry in the great crusade against clutter is the satnav holder. There are some out there that are large and versatile enough to hold all manner of tablet, phone, or other screen-centric gadget. With a flexible suction cup fixing, and a metal alloy construction, this is a no-brainer if you’re looking for a universal satnav holder.
Delivery work can be long and arduous, so be sure to pick up some of these gadgets that will take away some of the strain!
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching delivery work with available drivers. Over 4,000 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.
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