Tools to help truckers get their jobs done

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.

BlueParrott B550-XT

Blueparrott B550xt 2020 04 03 18 07BlueParrott’s B550-XT is built to be a 100% voice-controlled IP54-rated over-the-head headset that provides access to Google Assistant and Siri for all controls. Its customizable Parrott Button provides one-touch access to favorite features.

The B550-XT features Voice Control Pro to control calls, access voice assistants and control apps, music and GPS directions. All a driver has to say is “Hello BlueParrott” to make use of these and other features.

It also boasts 24 hours of talk time, 500 hours of standby and 96% cancellation of background noise. It also lets a trucker wander up to 300 feet from Class 1-paired Bluetooth devices.

LG Tone Pro HBS-780

Screen Shot 2020 01 24 At 1 24 08 Pm 2020 04 03 18 07The LG Tone Pro HBS-780 headset is comfortable to wear around a trucker’s neck, and it is loaded with the features professional drivers need to stay connected while driving.

The headset is lightweight, draping comfortably around the wearer’s neck. Its Quad-Layer Speaker Technology delivers superior sound quality and includes hidden magnetic earbuds so a trucker is sure to hear important messages from dispatch or a loved one at home.

In addition, the low-profile Bluetooth (version 4.1) headset has sensitive dual MEMS microphones to ensure the wearer is heard properly.

Howes Diesel Defender

Diesel Defender 2020 04 03 18 08Howes Diesel Defender – which contains no alcohol or solvents – is formulated to improve power, performance and mileage in several ways. It does all that while making trucks run cleaner.

The additive contains IDX4 detergent that helps clean injectors, reduce emissions, eliminate harmful deposits, prevent coking and deliver more complete fuel combustion.

Howes Diesel Defender also is made to remove water by demulsifying it, which helps eliminate harmful microbial growth. The additive also provides more lubricity.

WeatherAce Wiper Blades

Weather Ace Wiper Blades 2020 04 03 18 08WeatherAce Wiper Blades have a patented flex beam technology that provides even pressure distribution across any shape of a windshield so the driver’s entire field of vision gets cleaned without skips or gaps.

They have natural rubber blade edges – not just one edge but several to ensure peak performance and extended blade life. An aerodynamically designed spoiler keeps the blades on their windshield and performing properly at any speed. Universal connections allow for quick installation.

They have no external frames; instead, they have spring steel incorporated into the rubber to press the blade onto the windshield for full contact for its entire sweep. They are available in 10 sizes: 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26 and 28 inches.

Lee Valley Nite Ize High-Visibility Vest

Lighted Vest 2020 04 03 18 08Lee Valley’s Nite Ize High-Visibility Vest is a good way to be seen day or night. In addition to reflective strips, it also has bright LEDs in the back and front, which means the wearer doesn’t have to depend on being lit by approaching headlights.

Made of thin mesh, the vest weighs 3 ounces so that it doesn’t restrict movement, and it has cinch straps to adjust the fit. The zippered pocket in the back has a water-resistant section for a wallet or smartphone. It comes with two long-life button-cell batteries.

A clip-on light has three modes – constant-on, flash and rapid strobe – and a strong spring clip provides secure attachment to clothing or gear. Weighing less than an ounce and just 1 1/4-inch in diameter, they are unobtrusive and easy to carry until needed. They operate on two included button-cell batteries and are available with a red or clear lens.

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