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Brett Aquila's Comment
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I'll just add that we have some great resources regarding items to bring on the road:


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Myself would carry a wrench set, maybe socket set, so I can make any brake or whatever adjustments, rather than wait for road service ! My personal vehicles, I carry a tote full of hand tools, which have came in handy more times than I can count! Did head gasket job on buddies car passing thru lol he had no metric tools or experience(waste of time, 3 weeks later car got repo'd)

I'd like to carry an extra serpentine belt as well, just in case! 10-20 minutes, I can be back up and running ! That's just me

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Not sure if I saw it mentioned - pin puller.

Dutch's Comment
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Probably my most cherished tool I keep on the truck is my leaf blower. It really comes in handy, when I need to clean out a trailer quickly, on really hot days, or really cold ones. I can usually knock out the job in around 3 minutes, and be ready to roll to the next shipper.

I too would never keep a dusty broom inside the cab of my truck, if I still carried a broom. Every hard bump you hit, is going to discharge dust, and eventually the entire inside of your cab will have the same dust from all the trailers you have swept out.

My leaf blower easily breaks down, and fits inside the lug door of my tractor, and I periodically wipe it down with a Clorox wipe to keep it policed up.

I was recently at a customer, and saw a neat Milwaukee brand blower they were using to clean out trailers, and it was even smaller than the Ryobi I bought at Home Depot. I am planning on getting one just like it, next time I go leaf blower shopping, since space on my truck is a priority, and I like to free up extra any chance I get. Milwaukee has always been one of my favorite brands when it comes to tools, so I am looking forward to upgrading.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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