Owning a pickup truck provides opportunities as well as responsibilities that don’t exist if you own a smaller vehicle. Towing trailers, driving rougher roads, moving couches and hauling dirty, stinky items that aren’t wanted inside of a vehicle are all things you can do with a pickup truck. Being able to do those things means you’ll need extra tools to accomplish them safely.
Here are some suggestions for the gear you need when you’re on the go.
All commercial vehicles are required by the U.S. Department of Transportation to have three things: a properly rated dry fire extinguisher, three safety flares or triangles, and spare fuses. It’s a good idea to have these items in any vehicle, not just commercial ones.
We recommend having an ABC-rated fire extinguisher rather than a BC-rated extinguisher and using the triangles instead of flares. A-rated fire extinguishers put out wood, paper, cloth and plastic fires; B-rated extinguishers are for fluids such as oil, gasoline and diesel fuel; and C-rated extinguishers are for electrical fires. For vehicle use, having one extinguisher that works for all three types of fires is the best way to go.
We recommend safety triangles over flares because flares can burn out in 10 to 30 minutes and can go bad over time. Safety triangles are larger and harder to store, but they work indefinitely as long as they aren’t broken.
In addition to these safety items, every vehicle should carry a basic first-aid kit. Finally, a stored pair of sturdy gloves will allow you to touch hot items without burning your hands and protect your hands from getting cut while wrenching.