14 Gifts Ideas for Truck Drivers
What do truck drivers want as gifts? I had the same question, so I consulted a close friend who spent many years as a truck driver.
He came up with a list of 14 great gifts a driver would use and appreciate during their time on the road. Since then, I've added a few more gift ideas recommended by other truck drivers. Enjoy!
1. CB Radio
Your truck driving friend might appreciate a new CB radio. This is a great way to stay connected with other truck drivers while traveling.
I originally picked out a cheaper CB, but my truck-driving friend told me this is what truckers want: a large, easy-to-read meter with four scales, great sound, a five-digit frequency display, a SWR Circuit that doesn't need to be calibrated, and variable power output control.
This is a robust CB radio with more than 140 five-star reviews on Amazon.
Fun Facts About Trucking
- In the USA, truck drivers can drive only 11 hours, and must rest for a period of 10 hours.
- Truck drivers are responsible for inspecting their trucks and keeping them in working order.
- Truck drivers are known as "lorry drivers" in Ireland and "truckies" in Australia.
- Many large trucking companies in the USA pay drivers according to "short miles," meaning the distance between two cities if you were going from point A to point B on foot, not on the highway.
2. MP3 Player
I love my MP3 player. It is my most frequently used electronic gadget.
An MP3 player can help a truck driver fall asleep at night. They have some of the worst sleeping conditions imaginable, whether they're trying to sleep at a highway rest stop or with someone else at the wheel.
A nice gesture would be to put some great sleep-inducing music on the MP3 player before giving it to the driver. I suggest "Delta Sleep System" by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson.
3. Wooden Tire Thumper
This is a 2.2 pound wooden tire thumper with a sure-grip ridged handle for checking tires for low air and road damage. Any truck driver would be happy to receive this as a gift.
There are more than 45 five-star reviews for this tire thumper on Amazon, and some of the reviews are absolutely hilarious. One is titled, "Exactly what I was looking for. Thankfully, still unused."
4. GPS Device
When I'm traveling, I often don't where I am. I rely on a GPS unit and love using it.
The Rand McNally GPS unit has new routing options, which are especially helpful for those who must pilot a huge vehicle through narrow city streets. This will help your trucking friend get where they need to go as quickly and efficiently as possible.
All truck-friendly locations are found via a button on the map screen. This GPS unit can also track fuel consumption, and "breadcrumb" feature can record where the driver has been.
My truck-driving friend says this device helped him stay awake. It was so effective that he even gave up drinking coffee.
It quietly works away at purify and ionizing the truck's air without the use of chemicals or filters, and plugs into the cigarette lighter port. Another benefit is that it keeps drivers from getting sick.
6. Nap Zapper
One of the most vital parts of truck driving, and sometimes the most difficult, is simply to staying awake.
This Nap Zapper anti-sleep alarm is one of several ways truck drivers manage to stay awake once sleepiness creeps in.
The device hooks onto the drivers ear and will sound an alarm if their head nods forward. The price is low, but this device is really priceless, since it has the ability to save lives.
Reviews are mixed online. Some people love them, others hate them. One reviewer said it worked great, but since he didn't nod his head when sleeping it didn't work well for him.
My opinion? The price is low enough to warrant trying it out. A trucker will never know if it's useful until they try out themselves.
7. AC/DC Inverter
The Life of an American Truck Driver (Video)
8. Miniature Refrigerator
If the truck driver doesn't have a laptop, they probably want one. If theirs is more than three years old, they probably needs an upgrade.
This is a very low-cost computer, and is also the best-selling computer on Amazon as of the day this article was published.
It is also the type of computer I've been using for the last three years with no problems at all.
10. TV With Built-In DVD Player
I chose to feature this little television set because it is small yet mighty. It conveniently contains a built-in DVD player.
Because of this, your trucking friend will not have to juggle a TV and DVD player. With a small living space, they don't need anymore clutter.
There are over fifty five-star reviews for this television set on Amazon.
12. SiriusXM Radio Receiver
This is a dock and play receiver that lets a driver listen to the radio via the existing truck stereo system. They can pause, rewind, and replay using the satellite radio signal. This unit also has TuneStart,TuneMix, and TuneScan features.
Obviously, the truck would have to be equipped to handle this kind of technology, so if it is an older model truck, this might not work. Check for compatibility issues before buying this device.
Several truckers have told me they wouldn't want to drive without their SiriusXM receiver. There's a separate subscription that needs to be purchased from SiriusXM to make this receiver work properly.
13. Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
This tire pressure monitoring system can monitor ten tires at a time. It is pricey, but one truck driver said this system was a "life saver."
It is a convenient and fast way to know whether a tire needs more air. If you have a lot of tires to check, you can imagine how much time this would save.
The description for this product says that it has long range signals, so it isn't necessary for big-rig drivers to install a booster.
How a Tire Pressure Monitoring System Works (Video)
14. Massaging Seat Cushion With Heater
More Gift Ideas
Here are other things that have been suggested over the years:
- Self-Inflating Air Mattress
- Sheet Sets
- Slow Cooker
- Care Packages with laundry supplies, shower supplies, or food.
Are You a Truck Driver?
Who goes there?
I made this page to honor America's unsung heroes, the truck drivers that spend weeks on the road delivering our mail, the products we buy, and industrial purchases.
America relies on truck drivers who are willing to give up huge parts of their lives to keep things moving.
Without them, America wouldn't be America.