Inclement weather, challenging driving conditions, health and wellness concerns while on the road -- these are all things that truck drivers deal with every time they head out for a short or long haul. While it may not be easy being a trucker navigating through today’s driver landscape, there are certain things we CAN control that can increase our creature comforts and safety. Check out Thunder Funding’s top 5 gadgets for truck drivers for 2020:
Garmin DezlCam 785 LMT-S 7-Inches Advanced Truck Navigator
Every driver needs a great GPS and this one made the top of our list. This Garmin DezlCam is sleek, user-friendly and extremely popular with truck drivers, for good reason: It was designed just for commercial trucks.
You can customize routes according to your truck’s weight, size, time constraints, and more. It updates routes, gives you real-time traffic alerts, and even allows you to keep track of fuel, maintenance costs, hours driven, etc. The 7-inch touchscreen is easy-to-use, the audible navigation is loud and clear, and it’s also compatible with Bluetooth, allowing you to make hands-free calls wherever you are on the road. You can enable driver awareness features such as forward collision and lane departure warnings while the built-in dash cam (yes, it comes with a dash cam!) automatically records all your drives. You can check it out on Amazon here.
Wagan 12V Personal Cooler/Warmer - 14 Liter Capacity (6214)
Because sometimes a cooler just isn’t enough. Maybe you don’t want to go into a truck stop or a restaurant because you want to save money. Or, perhaps, you’re investing in your own health and wellness and have committed to packing your own healthy meals and snacks. Whatever reason you have, this 14-L 12v food cooler and warmer will help you get the job done. You can easily keep your food and beverages cool and, with just a flip of a switch, quickly heat meals up anywhere you go. Grab it on Amazon here.
OXX COFFEEBOXX Single Serve Coffee Maker
This rugged, impact-resistant, single-cup coffee maker is a game changer. The OXX is compatible with all K-cup pods and even has a separate hot water line for steeping tea or making a quick meal. It comes with a large, 2.5L water tank that’s spill-proof and can make up to 10 cups of coffee before it needs to be refilled. Sealed caps prevent water from leaking out during transport and it also comes with an integrated carbon water filter. Ready for your first mug of coffee? It takes just 30-seconds to pre-heat and 70 seconds to brew a cup. Talk about convenience. Now can you see why this made our top gadgets for truckers list? Grab it on Amazon here.
Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch
If there was ever a sidekick to help you up your health and fitness game while on the road, it’s the Fitbit Versa 2. This model has Amazon’s Alexa built in so that you can access news, weather updates, set timers and alarms, and operate all your other automated smart devices through the sound of your voice. Monitor your sleep patterns, heart rate, steps taken, calories burned, floors climbed, and other fitness information for next-level tracking. You can even control your Spotify music app, download Pandora stations, and get call, text, calendar and smartphone app notifications when your phone is connected to the Fitbit. Get it on Amazon here.
Rexing V1-4K Ultra HD Car Dash Cam
This dash cam rocks and is a favorite amongst truck drivers because of its ability to record ultra clear, 4K resolution video in any light conditions while the ultra wide angle lens is able to capture a sweeping view of your truck’s surroundings at all times. You can even transfer your recordings to your mobile device using an app interface and the dash cam can withstand extreme temperatures from -20 all the way to 176°F. One of the features we really like about the Rexing is that it has a parking monitor feature where the dash camera will automatically turn on and record a 20-second video when the camera detects vibration. Or, you have the option to change that setting so that the dash cam captures frames for a time lapse video for 24/7 coverage when parked. You just can’t beat that. Get it here on Amazon.
Which of these is your favorite tech gadget for truckers? Got a different suggestion? Tell us in the comments section below!
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