Hands-free phone calls in your cab - Best Bluetooth kits for Trucks
Love them or hate them, hands-free Bluetooth phone kits are here to stay, and they have changed quite a bit since their inception in 2000. Incorporating the very latest types of technology, they can be a useful guide, and many devices offer free updates for life. With so many available on the market right now it’s difficult to know which is the best for you, so here’s a rundown of three popular models recommended by truckers:
The Snooper Truckmate Pro Sound S6800 retails at around £350 and weighs just over 23 ounces. The device will allow the user to receive turn-by-voice instructions, and there is also a DAB digital radio. The excellent satnav software can calculate the easiest, most suitable route avoiding hazards and unsuitable roads. The software includes junction view and a speed limit monitor, and the device also offers free traffic information. The Bluetooth hands free kit, is easy to use, and comes with free Truckmate software updates and maps. The compact device can recalculate routes quickly, although it does sometimes have problems updating, and the screen can freeze when the memory is full.
The TomTom Trucker 6000 GPS costs around £300 and has a pinch and zoom 6" touch screen. It won best in its class for truck navigation, which covers 45 countries. It also comes with 1 year’s access to traffic reports, and three months of speed cameras, and free 3D maps for life. Described as an excellent satnav system it weighs approximately 24 ounces. Its biggest problem is the slow screen response time which effects typing speed. It also routes for bridges but doesn’t give heights. It is effective at redirecting but can sometimes lengthen the journey considerably just to save two minutes of time.
The Garmin Dezl 770 LMT-D 7 inch has a 7.0-inch glass display which is very clear. Enhanced speakers deliver good quality spoken instructions, and there is also an extra-loud option. The vocal instruction uses recognisable landmarks, rather than hard to see street signs, which make it feel more intuitive, and you would expect it to be for £400. Known to be very reliable, it can be slow when recalculating journey changes and the screen is sometimes hard to see during the day. The live traffic report is up to date, and the maps show a lot of detail. This one weighs in at just over 15 ounces, and it can also pair with your mobile via a smartphone link and use an existing data plan.