2021 was a good year for trucker gear, devices – truckersnews.com
America engaged in a new national pastime during 2021: fretting over shortages of products caused by ongoing supply chain problems.
However, the year about to close was still an exceptional year for the arrival of products aimed at making the truck driver’s life safer, more comfortable, and more profitable. Some were new electronic devices and others were gadgets to ensure those other devices remained fully fueled and functioning. Still others were aimed at making life on the road a bit more like life at home.
Our purely subjective year-end list of our favorite trucker gear of the year includes:
RoadKing breaks new ground with Bluetooth-enabled CB
RoadKing, part of RoadPro Family of Brands, early this year introduced the first-of-its-kind Bluetooth CB radio that provides complete hands-free communication bringing the CB Radio into the 21st century, according to the company.
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This is the first device to provide a seamless transition between the CB radio, smartphone, and Bluetooth headset with one touch. Pushing the multi-function button on the Bluetooth headset allows the user to switch between a conversation on the CB radio to an incoming call and talk hands-free. This makes for an effortless transition between a CB conversation and an incoming call.
It includes a RoadKing 940 noise-canceling Bluetooth headset, which is already paired to the radio, and a dynamic 4-pin handheld CB microphone, as well as an optional push-to-talk button. This industry-first CB radio system also features a seven-color display, NOAA weather alerts, PA function, and talkback.
The RoadKing voice-activated hands-free CB radio system is available at travel centers and truck stops throughout the US and Canada.
Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas gets annual update
Rand McNally in July released its annually updated edition of its iconic Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas. The atlas for professional truck drivers features updated maps that highlight truck-accessible roads, a roster of current state trucking regulations and fuel tax charts.
Among numerous updates in the 2021 edition are:
- The inclusion of mileage-based exit numbers in Massachusetts and Vermont
- The addition of the southern extension of John Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City
- The re-routing of U.S. Hwy. 52, around Dubuque, Iowa
- Updated restricted routes on the maps
- Changes to low-clearance and weigh station locations
- Verification of more than 40,000 truck-route-specific, city-to-city mileages
- Confirmation of weight and size limitations as mandated by states and provinces plus verified registration guidelines, phone numbers and websites for state police and operating authorities
- Updated contacts for state toll systems, hotlines for road construction and conditions, and a review of Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) regulations.
The new edition, which comes in paperback as well as a spiral-bound version with write-on/wipe-off laminated pages, is available at travel centers, in bookstores, online, and at the Rand McNally online store.
New 5.5″ screen option added to Garmin navigators
Garmin International, Inc. introduced the latest entry into its line of dēzl GPS units. The dēzl OTR500 features a new 5.5” size with a crisp, HD resolution touchscreen display that is easy to see and operate on the road. </…….