It is midsummer in Central Europe and temperatures are rising by the day. Most people look forward to days like these: sunshine, an open-air swimming pool and perhaps a visit to an ice-cream parlour. But for professional truck drivers, hot days take on a different aspect: turn up the air conditioner and hope to find a parking space in the shade. Mercedes-Benz Genuine Accessories has solutions for all the brand’s trucks which make the heat and working in the truck on hot days much more bearable.

Drivers of the new and proven Actros are able to protect their cab from the heat during downtimes and breaks with a window insulation mat. The mat can be easily applied to the glass surfaces, and also darkens the cab so that drivers can find sleep more easily even on long summer evenings. The mat is also useful in the winter, as it protects the cab from the cold.

The on-board thermoelectric cool box with a 12 and 24 Volt connection and a 7-stage electronic thermostat with LED control lamps fits well into all model series. With a capacity of 21 l, it keeps the driver well-supplied with cold drinks. It also enables fruit to be carried on board during the summer months, in the interests of healthy nutrition. The cooler box can also be heated up to 65 degrees Celsius, ensuring that hot drinks remain that way.

The range of Genuine Accessories also has a simple alternative to the cool box in the form of the SoloStar collapsible box, which takes up less space and can be easily stowed away in any compartment or under the SoloStar specification co-driver’s seat. This flexible, insulated folding box can be used anywhere, and cools or warms as required. It is also easy to carry thanks to the strap supplied.

A well-ordered cab makes working much easier. In the new as well in the proven Mercedes-Benz Actros this can be ensured with a variety of stowage bags which precisely fit the stowage compartments so that no space is wasted. They have large top apertures and robust zip fasteners, are the perfect solution for the stowage spaces under the bunk and save the time and effort of packing and unpacking. A laundry bag sized to fit into the stowage compartment above the windscreen has an extra section for a washbag plus a removable dividing wall. The bag can be quickly and easily filled thanks to the large zipped aperture at the top, and when removing clothing it can remain in the stowage compartment thanks to its useful front flaps.

The universal mobile phone cradle in the new and proven Actros has three extra benefits: apart from providing secure stowage for the phone it acts as a charging station, and thanks to an inductive connection to the vehicle’s exterior aerial, it considerably improves reception and therefore the voice quality. Use of the hands-free function is possible via Bluetooth. In the new Actros, the mobile phone can be operated via the multifunction steering wheel when in its cradle.

Even in the heat of the summer, many drivers find it hard to go without a mug of freshly brewed coffee in the morning. No problem for Actros drivers: the Comfort coffee maker with a high-quality stainless steel insulating flask, removable water tank, LED operating light, safety power connector and automatic switch-off after brewing is a welcome invitation to take a well-earned coffee-break – anytime and anywhere when on a trip.

There are numerous other products in the range which make work easier for truckers – and not only in the summer months. All the products in the Mercedes-Benz Genuine Accessories range are comprehensively tested for safety and approved by Mercedes-Benz truck developers. The products are available from Mercedes-Benz service outlets worldwide. A full overview of the range is given in the Mercedes-Benz Genuine Accessories catalogue, which is available from service outlets or can be downloaded at www.mercedes-benz.com.

Source: Daimler AG