Carhartt Waterproof Insulated Gloves
It’s wise to keep a few pairs of gloves in the truck. It’s why an entire compartment is named after them. Also, manual dexterity is greatly reduced the colder it gets, so try hooking up connections or even cleaning off a windshield in -5° F without them. This particular pair of men's winter gloves feature a durable shell with a grippy palm and a waterproof insert, adjustable soft fleece cuff and waterproof insert.
Milwaukee Realtree Camo Heated Jacket
This wind and water-resistant jacket has heating elements on the front and back to keep drivers warm (3 different settings) when they must step out of the cab for loading and offloading, clearing off snow, connecting a trailer or a host of other tasks. And of course, it’s indispensable outerwear for hunting season. Compatible with M12 and M18 batteries (not included).
ActionHeat Rechargeable Battery Heated Insoles
If you’re worried about getting cold feet, slip these inside your shoes to get them nice and toasty up to 130° F. They last up to 8 hours on one charge. Men 4-9.5+, women 5.5-10.5. Safety note: The company says these have been through “rigorous testing” to ensure product safety and that they are safe to use while driving.
Keen Utility Men’s CSA Philadelphia+ Work Boots
Because of the Polar Traction technology—micro-glass fibers embedded on the hexagonal cleats—these heavy-duty boots can get a grip even on the slickest of surfaces. And with rubber soles rated for up to 572° F, extra shock resistance and a waterproof leather sole that resists “barnyard” chemicals (oleic acid, urea, sodium chloride, and ammonium hydroxide), these heavy-duty boots are as tough as Rocky Balboa. They’re also extremely comfortable, with a breathable membrane and lightweight asymmetrical carbon fiber safety toes.
Ergodyne Trex Ice Traction Devices
These ice cleats stretch over a shoe or boot and the eight replaceable carbon steel spikes provide solid footing in icy conditions. Four sizes, covering Men’s 5 through 18.
Suncast 11-in. Telescoping Car Shovel
It’s better to have a shovel and not need it than need it and not have it. The foam-wrapped shaft extends from 30 to 38 in., so you’ll have what you need and it won’t take up a lot of room.
Everblades Heated Windshield Wiper Kit for Semi Trucks
During a recent frost, my SUV’s wipers were frozen to the windshield, something I realized only after turning them on. After knocking some ice away, the wiper arm ripped half the blade free, leaving the other half frozen to the windshield. I can only imagine what a pain that would be on a Class 8 truck. With this kit — which includes two blades, a heated rubber and heated frame, along with wiring harness, fuse and switch—your drivers won’t go through the same experience. Fits all major brands.
Buddeez Medium Ice Melt Storage Dispenser
The pour spout is big enough to quickly disperse enough salt to melt away ice around the truck and on the truck step. The stackable 16.5x7.75x14.5-in. container comes with about 4 lb. of salt.
Snow Joe Snow Broom
One end is a broom with an 18-in. foam head; the other is an ice scraper. The pole extends from 30 to 49 in. and weighs 1.2 lb.
Webasto ThermoTop Evo Cooler Pre-heater
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Instead of idling to warm up an engine and expending valuable fuel, a fleet manager or driver can program the heater to warm up two hours prior to engine startup, which is vital to ease wear and tear on an engine in cold weather. “When you start the engine at 40° F, you’re going to push about 66% more particulate matter into the DPF than it’s designed to take,” explained Tommy Smith, Webasto, SE regional sales manager. The heater draws diesel straight from the tank and has a range of 8,600–17,200 BTU/h.
Espar Airtronic D2 bunk heater
The Airtronic D2 12v Truck Kit with Digi-Max Controller emits 7,500 BTU to heat bunk areas in all makes of heavy-duty trucks. The heating modes include low, medium, high and power, the latter of which consumes 0.28 liters of diesel fuel per hour. It also has a fan-only mode for recirculating air.
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Mounds of snow left on top of a trailer create a major hazard for other drivers and could lead to serious fines in several states. The TrucBrush attaches to a front loader in about a minute and can the spinning roller clears ice and snow off a tractor-trailer in about 30 seconds. “The TrucBrush has been a pivotal component to our fleet when dealing with a New England winter,” said Jarod Warsofsky, GM at Boston Trailer, who said the savings have made it a worthwhile investment.
Insta-Chain automatic snow chain system
$2,000 per axle
Once activated from inside the cab — and when the vehicle is going under 30 mph — an arm lowers the chain rotor to rapidly spin under the front of each configured tire to give the truck the traction it needs in severe snow. The whole process takes less than 2.3 seconds.
One of the best ways to protect your driver in snowy conditions is to help them after an accident happens. This AI-powered dashcam can stores up to 120 hours of video data securely in the cloud via a 4G connection, and will immediately send crash video to the driver’s phone to show law enforcement that the car driver texting while driving was at fault for the accident. Emergency response will also be sent to the driver’s GPS location. Fleet managers can also video chat through the device and it can act as a sentry to protect the truck from theft or vandalism.