Keeping Clean When Trucking
Driving trucks long distances can make a driver sweaty and uncomfortable especially during summer months, being able to maintain a high level of cleanliness is important for a driver’s health, but sometimes it is very difficult with a lack of amenities available across the UK.
To ensure that a driver can stay clean for days on end truck drivers carry essential washing and cleaning supplies with them ensuring that they can keep clean on long journeys even if roadside facilities are not available to them.
Is Long Distance Trucking Similar to Camping?
Long-distance truck driving is very similar to camping, the only difference is time! a camper will have more time to prepare and set up equipment ready for a night out camping with no time restraints, a truck driver has limited time due to needing vital rest before continuing their journey to meet deadlines when their tachograph allows them to.
Many truck drivers will park their vehicles in a roadside layby to avoid the high costs of overnight parking at service areas with dedicated truck parking, parking a truck can cost as much as £30 per night, and although there are facilities such as showers, toilets, and food outlets it proves to be expensive on a long haul.
When parked in a layby and a driver wants to have a shower safety is essential, make sure that a shower tent or any items used outside of the cab are set up on the verge and that you use your parked vehicle for protection and also privacy.
Great Products to Keep Truck Drivers Clean
Finding the right products that will keep a truck driver clean on a long journey is important, after all the space in a truck cab is limited so compact equipment is required to ensure it does not take up valuable space.
Below we have listed some great options that can be used to keep a truck driver clean on long journeys using roadside laybys to park their vehicles overnight.
AUTOPkio Portable Outdoor Shower & Bucket
This product is perfect for a truck driver who wants to shower with ease an item that can be used in conjunction with a simple pop-up shower tent.
The shower Unit runs simply from a 12v power outlet and pumps water through the showerhead providing a great shower option to clean and refresh hard-working drivers anywhere that they park.
- Powerful electric pump
- Put the pump into clean water, and turn on the switch, it will start working!
- Water flow adjustable knob.
- Adjustable water flow design, meet different needs! Water flow can be adjusted from min to max, which can be used for various showers.
- On/off switch.
- It is handy and easy to use and made of durable ABS materials with an easy-to-operate switch on the power cable. You can use it anywhere along with the water supply.
- 12 volt plug.
This portable multifunctional shower set is a perfect choice for Trucking, camping, hiking, or bathing pets outdoors, and so on.
- “S” Hook & Suction cup with shower holder
- 20L Folding Bucket
- Rubber ring
- Electric pump
- 2 meter plastic hose
- On/off switch
- 4 meter 12 volt plug
- Water flow adjustable knob
- Storage bag
WolfWise Pop-Up Shower Tent
This pop-up shower tent can be easily used anywhere for privacy when showering, it can also be used as a toilet tent when no local facilities are available.
- UV protection fabric making this the perfect shelter for sunny days.
- 1 side storage bag to store your phone, tablet, or other handy items.
- Interior elastic hang rope for towels, or holding clothes while taking a shower.
RISEPRO Solar Shower Bag
- The RISEPRO shower bag is made from environmental-friendly materials which are safe for human health. This deluxe version with multiple layers further enhances the leakproof feature and make it even more durable!
- The advanced showerhead offers an easy ON/OFF switch with LOW to HIGH water flow for a much better showering experience!
- This useful bag can easily carry up to 5 GALLONS (20Liters) of water for showering in remote areas! A nice and refreshing shower anywhere!
- The SMART PVC material can efficiently absorb the solar energy to heat up the water inside the bag. It heats water to 113°C (45°C) in 3 hours with direct sunlight.
- There is a temperature indicator (°C/°F) attached to the bag. No more guessing on water temperature in remote areas!
SAMMART Collapsible Wash Basin
This handy collapsible wash basin is perfect for truck drivers, it folds flat for storing easily within the truck cab, but when opened up provides a great functional bowl for an early morning wash or shave.
- BPA Free. User-friendly operation simply pop-up to open when using and collapses flat for space-saving storage.
- Space saving with Expanded size: 37 x 32 x 14.4(h) cm and its height just 4.5cm after folds, save over 70% space when storage. Capacity: 9.45L.
- Perfect for outdoor uses, such as camping, BBQ, and campsite clean-up.
- Non-slip design at the bottom keeping the bowl steady and firm.
- Hanging hole for easy hanging on a hook.
Frequently Asked Questions
Truck drivers will keep a supply of fresh water in their vehicles in a plastic container which can be used for washing, making drinks, or general usage, water containers can be stored in a storage box fitted to the outside of the vehicle.
Having a shower in a layby using a portable shower in most cases would be legal providing that you use a shower tent outside of the road area for example a grass verge, without a shower tent you could be prosecuted for indecent exposure, if no shower tent is available, wear swimming trunks or a bikini to prevent such prosecution, make sure the area you use is safe first.
Using a portable shower in the dark will require a waterproof light, a camping light that has a hanging hook is best suited for a portable shower.
Driving long distances in a truck can be more satisfying if the driver is able to keep clean after finishing a long driving day.
Compact cleaning products are easy to store in a truck cab and are beneficial to the health and well-being of truck drivers, allowing them to wash or shower when parked on the side of a road taking their daily rest periods.
We hope you found this British Trucking Article “How Truck Drivers Keep Clean Long Distance Driving?” useful showing some of the great products available for long distance lorry drivers that can help to provide cleaning solutions when out on the roads of Britain.