Tools to help truckers get their jobs done

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Even the best, most proficient truck driver on the road today needs a little help from time to time, and he can get it from some of today’s top technologies.

Rand McNally ClearDryve 180

2 Clear Dryve 180 2 2019 08 29 07 39Rand McNally’s ClearDryve 180 2-In-1 Headphones/Headset converts from premium stereo headphones with active noise cancellation to a noise-canceling mono headset. The 180 features a pliable boom microphone and sound equalizer presets for optimal listening.

The ClearDryve 180 is the third in Rand McNally’s line of convertible wireless headphones developed specifically for professional drivers.

“This new ClearDryve model is the most comfortable, full-featured and flexible 2-in1 yet,” said Stephen Fletcher, chief executive officer for Rand McNally. “While our ClearDryve technology means users will experience crystal-clear calls and high-end sound, the plush, premium ear cups and high-end finishes provide superior comfort as well.”

Cobra DASH2316D dashcam

Cobra Dash2316 D Dash Cam 2019 08 21 13 37The Cobra DASH2316D dual-view dashcam has simultaneous front and rear recording with a flexible configuration and boasts an ultrawide 160-degree viewing angle. It also gets real-time information such as red light cameras, speed cameras and live police locations from other iRadar users on the road.

The DASH2316D’s lane-departure and forward-collision warnings let you know if you are drifting out of your lane or quickly approaching something in front of you. It has a 2-inch screen and provides continuous loop recording, so you’re always covered.

The DASH2316D’s G-Sensor detects impacts and automatically protects surrounding footage, and when in parking mode, the device records when motion is detected. It includes a 16GB microSD card, a low-profile adhesive mount and a vehicle power adapter.

Cobra 29 LX MAX

Cobra Cb 29 Lxmax 0 1024x1024 2019 08 21 13 37Cobra’s 29 LX MAX offers truckers a legal way to communicate safely and easily on their smartphones with patented CB radio and enhanced smartphone features. The 29 LX MAX syncs your smartphone calls with the CB radio. A noise-canceling microphone allows calls to be heard, even over a noisy engine and other road noise.

Incoming audio is routed through the radio’s speaker, making it easy for the driver to hear who is calling with audible caller ID. The system provides one-touch technology for hands-free safety. The Cobra iRadar app integration allows the user to receive and report police calls, road hazards and red light camera intersections from a linked community of users.

The Rewind-Say-Again feature allows the driver to replay the last 10 seconds of signals received over the airwaves and record a 10-second personal memo that can be replayed at any time. Built on Cobra’s 29 LTD Classic chassis, the 29 LX MAX features a selectable four-color LCD display in easy-to-read display in green, blue, amber and red.

Plantronics Voyager 104 Bluetooth headset

Voyager 104 2019 08 21 13 38Plantronics’ Voyager 104 Bluetooth wireless over-the-head headset features 24-hour talk time and noise-canceling technology in the boom mic and comes with a windsock for drivers who need to talk in windy conditions. The Voyager’s 104 earcups and headband are made of memory foam to give drivers a comfortable headset for as long as they want to wear the device.

The headset has a Bluetooth range of up to 60 feet from its connected device, and it has the ability to be connected to two devices at the same time. In addition to answering and talking on the phone, the headset also can be used to listen to music.

The speaker on the ear has the same drivers as Plantronics’ audio headsets, so the sound quality for music remains high. It also features easy-to-use large buttons for call answering and volume controls. This is especially helpful for truckers wearing gloves.

Coin capsule

Coin Capsule 2 2019 08 21 13 38The Coin Capsule can help keep all your loose change organized and more easily accessible. Made of aerospace grade aluminum, this coin holder has slots for $5.44: 16 quarters, 10 dimes, 7 nickels and 9 pennies.

Less than 2 1/2 inches in diameter, the Coin Capsule has a stainless-steel clip and comes with a 6-inch paracord tether. It goes for $49 or $39 without the tether. Go to