Fall brings with it any number of things, including:
- Increased freight volume
- Cooler weather
- Pumpkin-spiced flavored everything
And this fall, despite supply chain issues, there are a number of new gear items and gadgets to make your trucking life easier, more comfortable, and more profitable. Here’s a few of them.
New Apparel from Cummins
Few brands in the world of trucking are as iconic as Cummins, and now you wear their company logo with pride. DAS Companies, the parent company of RoadPro Family of Brands, is introducing Cummins-branded apparel available this fall.
A new T-shirt is perfect for Cummins diesel and gas-powered engine fans. Made of a heavyweight cotton blend (60% cotton and 40% polyester), it has a tagless label for comfort. The unisex t is designed with a generous cut and comes with or without a pocket. These shirts come in gray or black and in sizes small to 4XL.
The new line also offers a Cummins-branded trucker’s cap. This mid-prole hat has a lower crown and a mesh backing for ventilation. The baseball cap bill needs little adjustment and retains the ideal curve for a comfortable t that still blocks the sun. The snap-back is adjustable to suit any size. Available in black. Available at truck stops and travel centers.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Foldable Phone
Following on the heels of the popular Galaxy Z Flip 3, the new Flip 4 is expected to sell for $999.99. When opened, the so-called ”clamshell” phone has a 6.7-inch display, broken up by a cutout for the front camera. There's also a 1.9-inch cover display that shows notifications and offers several other functions when the phone is folded.
The Flip 4 has two rear cameras, a 12MP main and a 12MP with an ultra-wide lens, and is driven by the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, giving it plenty of power.
Seeing and being seen in low-light conditions is essential for truckers on the road, and now RoadPro delivers a long line of flashlights by Garrity. With 13 different models, there’s certainly one to meet your needs.
The Garrity lineup includes everything from pocket-sized penlights to heavy-duty tactical flashlights with night-piercing 350 lumens. A mainstay in the Garrity line, and one well suited for truckers, is the Lifelight Pro. This compact but powerful flashlight has five light modes and delivers
350 lumens. It also has a magnetic base for use as a hands-free work light. Batteries are included with all Garrity flashlights. Available at truck stops and travel centers.
Milwaukee Packout First Aid Kit
Accidents happen. That’s why it only makes sense to have a decent first aid kit in your truck.
New from well-known tool maker Milwaukee is this 79-piece Class A Type III first aid kit. Its impact-resistant body and IP65-rated weather seal keep the kit’s considerable list of contents safe.
Among those contents are an array of bandages, adhesives, and antibiotics, as well as burn cream, an instant cold pack, disposable nitrile gloves, 4-inch offset scissors, and a reference manual.
Available online for $79.97.
Goodyear Tall Lumbar Support
Driving all day can take a toll on your back. This tall lumbar support from Goodyear can eliminate much of that discomfort. Made of premium memory foam, this oversized back support is contoured for your comfort and supports more of your back than a normal lumbar cushion. It has an adjustable seat strap to keep it in place. Available at truck stops and travel centers.
Leatherman Darkside Multitool
Despite being just a compact 4 inches long, the Leatherman Darkside offers 23 tools, including needle nose and regular pliers, smooth and serrated knives, a saw, a diamond-coated le, a pen, and multiple screwdrivers.
The features on the Darkside can be opened and operated with one hand. This enables the user to keep the other hand free for situations that require multi-tasking or a free hand.
It comes with a storage sheath and is available online for $250.
Sony SRS-NB10 Wireless Neckband Speaker
Sony’s unique, new Neckband speaker rests on your shoulders and directs the sound toward your ears in a focused beam, giving your ears a rest from headphones or earbuds.
Lightweight – weight just 3.99 ounces – and easy to wear, the Neckband includes a built-in microphone and Bluetooth connectivity, which means you can take calls or listen to music up to 30 feet away. Other features include dedicated mute, volume, and power buttons, and it provides up to 20 hours of battery life with USB-C quick charging. Available online for $98.
Garmin Instinct 2 - dēzl Edition Smartwatch
Designed for professional drivers, Garmin’s Instinct 2 - dēzl edition smartwatch can help your efforts to stay healthy while on the road. It tracks health metrics, provides access to short-break workouts, and helps you keep track of truck stop loyalty programs.
Built with truckers in mind, the Instinct 2 is thermal- and shock-resistant and has a scratch-resistant glass display. It also has extra-long battery life and a sweatproof silicone comfort band.
To help with your wellness efforts, the Instinct 2 tracks steps and calories burned and provides workouts designed to t within standard break times. It also provides body-weight, dumbbell, or resistance bar-based workout sets created by well-known owner-operator and fitness guru Kevin Rutherford. It also tracks your heart rate and monitors your sleep habits and breathing.
The Instinct 2 can help save time and improve efficiency with on-screen notifications of upcoming weigh stations and bypass decisions. (Requires active PrePass account and use of the dēzl app on your compatible smartphone.)
Because time is so important to today’s professional driver, the watch can help keep track of time spent driving, on a break, and stopped.
Available online for $399.99.
RIDGID 18-Volt Hand Vacuum
No matter how careful you are, sometimes you need to tidy up your truck’s cab. The R8609021 18V hand vacuum from toolmaker RIDGID may be exactly what you need.
With an assortment of included attachments, this new hand vacuum can assist in a wide variety of cleaning needs on your truck and at home. It comes with an extension wand, utility nozzle, crevice nozzle, and crevice clip to ensure you can get into even tight spots. It features a large, transparent, detachable tank so you can see when it's time to empty your hand vacuum. This edition of the R8609021 18V hand vacuum has 40% increased airflow and 65% more suction power.
And the hand vacuum uses two-stage filtration, with a washable and reusable pre-filter, ensuring it maintains maximum cleaning efficiency.
Available online for $59.97, not including battery and charger, which sell for an additional $99.