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Drivers4Drivers | Season 2 Episode 04: Everyday Carry

At Giltner Transportation, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our drivers. A recent “Drivers for Drivers” podcast discussion, led by host Ken Cox with Francis Hamm and Kenny Kuntz, highlighted the importance of truck driver everyday carry (EDC) items. Let’s explore what our experts recommend for staying prepared on the road.

Understanding Everyday Carry for Truck Drivers

Ken Cox defines truck driver everyday carry as:

  • Items you have with you every time you go out driving
  • Essentials for handling unexpected situations and emergencies

Expert Recommendations for Truck Driver Everyday Carry

Francis Hamm shares his list of must-have items:

  • Phone charger and extra battery pack
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Towels
  • Blanket
  • Water
  • Non-perishable snacks like granola bars

Francis emphasizes the importance of these items, sharing a cautionary tale about someone who suffered frostbite after being stranded in winter without proper supplies.

Kenny Kuntz adds to the list with his essentials:

  • Multi-tool or pocket knife
  • Pen and paper
  • Watch
  • Wallet

Advanced Preparedness: The Bug-Out Bag Approach

Ken Cox takes preparedness a step further with his bug-out bag, which includes:

  • Survival essentials for major disasters
  • Maps and navigation tools
  • Long-term food and water supplies
  • Communication devices

Key Safety Considerations Beyond Everyday Carry

Our discussion highlighted several crucial safety points:

  • Stay hydrated: Always carry an ample supply of water
  • Emergency signaling: Have a way to signal for help if stranded
  • Tire maintenance: Properly inflated tires are crucial for preventing blowouts

The Importance of Seasonal Preparedness

The team stressed the need to adjust your truck driver everyday carry based on the season:

  • Winter: Extra warm clothing, ice scraper, and snow chains
  • Summer: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and extra water

At Giltner Transportation, we believe that a prepared driver is a safe driver. By carrying these essential items, you’re not just looking out for yourself – you’re contributing to the safety and efficiency of the entire trucking industry.

Are you a driver who values safety and preparedness? We’d love to have you on our team. Visit our Apply Now page to learn about opportunities at Giltner Transportation, where driver safety is always our top priority.