Whether you’re riding 18 all night long for that drop and pick or snatching up holiday shifts on your local route, when you’re a truck driver on the road, the road is where your mind needs to be. That’s because when you’re sitting for long hours in that tractor, every stop equals more time in the seat and every distraction equals more opportunities for an accident.
In 2021, to help keep truck drivers and their compact car driving road buddies safe, a trucker’s headset is almost a part of the dress code. That’s because a great headset will keep their head in the game and distraction-free. It’ll allow them to stay engaged with tunes and podcasts, will help block cab noise, and allow them to manage their work and personal life while driving.
If you’re a truck driver looking for a pair of headphones to do it all, ride safe and read on!
What to Look For in the Best Headsets for Truckers
Because truck driving is such a specific and challenging job with a significant mental, emotional and physical toll, a great headset needs to meet a few specific demands, aside from the usual things to look for in a headphone.
Long hours in the seat mean comfort is already at a premium inside the cab of a tractor. So when choosing a solid pair of headphones, truckers should look for a comfortable pair first.
Comfort first for headphones means things like low overhead clamping pressure on the headband and soft, breathable, and even cooling ear cups. You’ll also want to consider in the ear, versus over the ear and on the ear headphones. If you can forget your headset is even on and just focus on the drive, you’ll know you found the right pair.
Cords in the cab of your truck add to the mess of things to manage in a vehicle that, for a lot of drivers, doubles as a second home.
Not only does a headset with Bluetooth capability remove the tangled mess, but it also offers easy-to-use wireless phone connectivity, excellent wireless call quality, and hands-free application. Those are all top-of-the-list things to look for in a good headset that will keep you focused on the road out of the runaway truck ramp.
Today’s more advanced forms of Bluetooth will mean less interference during calls, include a more intuitive, user-friendly application, and of course, offer hands-free listening.
Before I was a writer, I was a fish farmer. Transferring fish across the State of Washington meant riding in all varieties of tractor trailer combinations. The one constant across all of the rides, besides the drivers having great stories, was the road noise.
Whether you’re driving a modern Volvo or a classic Peterbilt with a rebuilt engine and a couple million on the frame, trucks are just loud.
Having a great headset with noise-canceling onboard will cut the noise and allow you to focus on the road. And the real beauty of noise-canceling in headsets is that you can turn it off at the click of a button or the flip of the switch. That means when you need to hear the engine, instead of completely removing your headset, you can simply turn the volume down or turn the noise canceling off.
When you’re on the road for long hours, there isn’t a lot of time to take care of the little things in your life, let alone the big things. A great microphone on your headset paired with the intuitive hands-free application of a newer version of Bluetooth will allow you to take care of it all without pulling over to make a call.
Whether you’re chit-chatting for a few hours with your wife or husband or that girl you met last fall in Chattanooga or working out the time of the drop and pick with your dispatcher, a great microphone will mean you won’t have to sacrifice time on the road to communicate.
Long battery life
In the recent past, having a Bluetooth headset meant that although you would benefit from going hands-free, you would now have to deal with a low battery life and hours between use.
I’m here to tell you that’s no longer the case. Bluetooth headsets today last longer than ever.
If you haven’t found one that lasts longer than your duty period when looking for a headset, you haven’t looked hard enough.
Don’t worry, though; I’ve looked for you. Don’t forget to check the list below.
Hands Free Application
I’ve touched on hands-free applications in nearly every category above because, at the end of the day, you’re a truck driver, not a truck sitter.
An excellent headset with easy-to-use controls and the most advanced hands-free application possible is a headset that will keep you safe and the other drivers on the road safe as well.
So when looking for a headset, look for one that has the easiest to use hands-free application. That could include voice activation for things like changing tunes or making calls or buttons on the actual headset to press to change things up.
At the end of the day, any headset that helps keep your phone out of your hands and your eyes on the road is a real winner.
With the continuous shortage of truck drivers across the U.S., truckers are being asked to sit in the cab for longer hours and for more days than ever. When you’ve got the pedal to the floor at the end of a 14-hour shift, the last thing you want to be thinking about is a below-par headset.
If the hours on the road are adding up and you’re tired of your old, uncomfortable, hard to hear, low-quality microphone headset, don’t go hanging up the keys just yet.
Instead, try something new. Grabbing a new headset with updated technology and a comfort-first hands-free design will be the difference between counting the hours and watching them fly by.