Is your dad a truck driver? How about your husband? We all know truckers work hard to keep America moving and this means they definitely need something extra special for Father's Day. But what should you get a truck driver for Father's Day? What do they REALLY need?
We've asked thousands of truck drivers over the years to recommend some of the top products that make life on the road easier. We then read reviews, did our homework and put together complete buying guides for all of the best gift ideas for truck drivers. Below is a list of the Top 5 when it comes to Father's Day gift ideas. Each of the numbered item names will take you to a complete blog post with an in-depth review on that specific item. One thing is for sure, any item from this list will go over well with Dad this Father's Day!
1. GPS Unit
This is a must-have for every truck driver and it's that simple. There's nothing easy about navigating to new places every day/week/month and having a trucker-friendly GPS is a huge help. Notice the term "trucker-friendly GPS." That's because a regular GPS doesn't cut it for Dad when there are roads he can't go down and bridges he can't clear in a semi truck. So which GPS unit should you buy this Father's Day?
Don't worry, Driver Solutions has done the research for you. We can highly recommend the Rand McNally TND 720 and the Garmin dezl 760LMT Apply Nows-and-training/best-gps-for-truck-drivers#sthash.L6nQLieZ.dpuf
You want Dad to be safe while talking to you, right? Of course you do! Well then getting him the best bluetooth for truck drivers would make you his favorite this Father's Day. Not only does this BlueParrott Bluetooth Headset do an awesome job of cancelling out noise, most truck drivers say it's actually pretty comfortable to wear. Let's be clear on one thing - Dad isn't going to win any fashion awards wearing this Bluetooth, but he will be able to hear you well, you'll be able to hear him clearly too, and it'll all be hands-free. And at the end of the day, any trucker will tell you safety wins over fashion!
3. Portable Stove
Many truck drivers develop unhealthy habits when they're living life out on the road, but it doesn't have to be that way. With this portable stove, Dad will be cooking and reheating some delicious, healthy meals in no time. This handy RoadPro stove plugs right into most 12V lighter-type sockets and can heat food up to 300 degrees anytime, anywhere. This convenient stove is super affordable and works great with pre-heated food. To make life easier for ya, we've got a ton of recipes you can prepare for Dad (click that link to get cookin') to take out on the road with him. Imagine giving Dad this portable stove with a few meals already prepared that he just needs to heat up? Talk about a good way to score some brownie points!
What is the best smartphone for truck drivers? This question always comes down to iPhone vs. Android. Really, it's just a matter of personal preference. Remember, this is one of Dad's single most important ways to stay in communication with friends and family while out on the road. While some phones may seem to be on the more expensive side, it might be worth considering it an investment. If Dad likes to watch movies on his phone, you might want to do with the Samsung Galaxy S4 for the large screen. Or if Dad is an Apple Fanboy who likes using FaceTime to stay in touch with family, it might be wise to go with the Apple iPhone 5. Both are great phones and again it'll likely just come down to personal preference.
5. Portable Refrigerator
Last but certainly not least, we have the portable refrigerator. Driver Solutions has talked to thousands of truck drivers about this one and really the portable coolers just don't cut it. If Dad is going to plan meals ahead of time, which we highly recommend, he needs a more heavy-duty style refrigerator. You know, one that's durable with a lot of space for storage that can keep food cold...not just cool.
This ARB 50 Quart Fridge Freezer is top-of-the-line and Dad will probably love you forever (if he doesn't already) if he gets it as a Father's Day gift. It's a bit on the pricey side, but considering it could save him thousands of dollars over the long haul vs. eating out it comes highly recommended.