Six Tips for Safe & Efficient Truck Loading

Any trucker can tell you that driving is just one part of the job. Most truck drivers also spend a considerable part of their time loading and unloading vehicles, and, all too often, they suffer back injuries as a result of their labors.

 

There’s a right way and a wrong way to load trucks, and knowing the difference can help truck drivers avoid injuries that can put them out of work. About 35 percent of all injuries suffered by tractor trailer drivers are related to overexertion and bodily reaction, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Forty-one percent of all injuries to delivery truck drivers resulted from overexertion and bodily reaction.

 

Safe & Efficient Truck Loading

Truck drivers can reduce their chance of injury and load trucks more efficiently by following a few simple tips:

 

  • Get help for items that are too large – If a load is too large for you to comfortably lift on your own, be sure to have tools like dollies on hand or ask another person to help.
  • Lift with your knees – When picking up and setting down items, bend your knees, not your waist.
  • Use good posture – When lifting, try to keep your back as straight as possible. Avoid arching your back.
  • Use good footwork – When lifting, stand close to the item you’re picking up and keep your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Take it easy – When lifting heavy objects, use slow and steady movements. Moving a little slower won’t slow you as much as having to stop because you’ve overexerted yourself will.
  • Load large items first – This helps you to ensure you have sufficient room for everything you need to load. It’s much easier to rearrange smaller items at the end of loading than having to try to make room for a large item.

By utilizing these best practices, you can load and unload your truck more efficiently and reduce your risk of injury.

 

Safe Truck Loading

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Source

 

1. https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2015/article/pdf/workplace-hazards-of-truck-drivers.pdf

 

5-Must Have Accessories for Your Everyday Drive

Regular passenger vehicles are far more likely to be involved in an accident, but the large size and heavy loads carried by big trucks increase the likelihood that there will be serious injury and damage caused. These factors limit truck drivers’ control, sometimes putting their own lives and those of other drivers at great risk.

 

Safety seats for trucks

The right safety equipment can go a long way toward restoring control and reducing the possibility that they will be in an accident. Below are five must-have safety accessories that should be in every truck. Browse our selection of truck interior accessories to find the equipment that will improve the safety of your truck every time you take to the road.

 

  1. Cameras – Cameras are the ideal safety tool for truck drivers who are always vulnerable to blind spots. The newest technology from Brigade Electronics allows truckers to install cameras where they are needed and to use the twin camera screen splitter to view two angles at all times.
  2. LCD Monitor – Your monitor displays what your camera captures so you know when something is in your blind spot. Suburban Seating and Safety carries a variety of LCD monitors, including those with back-up, waterproof, and multi-image features.
  3. Heated Mirrors – Mirrors that are frosted or frozen-over are useless. Our collection of heated mirrors includes those that are motorized so they can rotate a full 360° for the ultimate in visibility.
  4. Road Watch Sensor – Truck drivers must go where their job takes them, and that often means driving in all types of weather conditions. Road Watch Sensor is an early warning system that accurately measures the surface temperature of the road and the air to detect all types of dangerous road conditions—like black ice. It is sensitive enough to detect a 1-degree change in temperature but costs a loss less than other models.

Truck interior safety accessories

  1. Seat Belts – Safety belts are a type of essential standard safety equipment that is too often overlooked when upgrading to more modern and effective safety equipment. A three-point safety belt holds the driver in from the waist up instead of putting all of the pressure on the waist during a forceful stop.

To learn more about our custom truck seats or any of our safety equipment for truck drivers or bus drivers, call 1-844-SAS-SEAT.

 

Four Ways Truckers Can Avoid Road Rage

Long hours in a truck seat and pressing deadlines can make it easy for truck drivers to become angry and frustrated. Discourtesy and inept driving by others can add fuel to the fire. Left unchecked, these emotions can boil over into a road rage incident that puts your career as well as your safety and that of others at risk.

 

Road Rage Incident

 

According to the American Safety Council, over a seven-year period, 218 murders and 12,610 injuries were attributed to road rage. Knowing how to keep your own emotions in check and how to diffuse the anger of other drivers can help truck drivers stay safe and avoid unfortunate incidents that can have severe consequences for themselves and others.

 

The following are a few ways truck drivers can avoid road rage events:

 

  • Get enough sleep – When we don’t get enough sleep, we become irritable and easier to provoke. Drivers who are groggy from lack of sleep are more likely to become annoyed and angered by small irritations that a well-rested person would easily ignore.
  • Don’t take bad driving personally – Human beings are fallible and make mistakes. If another driver cuts you off or doesn’t let you in a lane, don’t take it as a personal insult. It won’t fix the situation, and attempts on your part to retaliate may end in tragedy.
  • Drive courteously – It’s hypocritical to fume about other drivers’ habits if your own leave much to be desired. Avoid aggressive driving habits and observe the rules of the road. Being courteous to other drivers will reduce your chance of inciting road rage in them and will also get you into the habit of safe driving.
  • Eat right – Hungry drivers are grumpy drivers. Make sure that you get enough to eat when you’re on the road, but be sure to consume healthy fare such as fruits and vegetables to avoid ill health from a poor diet.

 

Road rage incident

Comfortable drivers are drivers less likely to become involved in road rage incidents. Stay comfortable with the latest ergonomically designed truck seats from Suburban Seating & Safety, a trusted provider of truck interior accessories. To learn more about the company and its wide line of products from respected manufacturers, call 1-844-SAS-SEAT.

 

Four Must-Do Health Tips for New Truck Drivers

Spending hours seated each day isn’t the best activity to promote good health, whether you’re in an office chair or a truck seat. Although most truckers engage in strenuous work loading and unloading their trucks, the hours spent in a sedentary position can have negative health impacts unless drivers practice positive health habits to counterbalance them.

 

Eat healthy snacks

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, research has established that sitting for long periods of time is connected with increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure, excess body fat around the abdomen, and high cholesterol. There’s no way truckers can avoid sitting for hours at a time, but there are a number of healthy habits truckers can adopt, including:

 

  • Eat healthy snacks – While fast food and convenience store fare may be tempting for truck drivers, their health will be better served if they opt for healthy snacks when they’re on the road. Truckers should load up on fruit, nuts, and other healthy snacks when they’re near grocery stores. Some larger convenience stores may have a fresh fruit and vegetable section, allowing truck drivers easy access to healthy food.
  • Exercise – Finding time for exercise can be tough for OTR drivers. However, there are a few convenient ways truckers can get needed exercise when they’re traveling. Truckers can safely pack dumbbells in secure containers and use them at stops. A folding bicycle can also provide a convenient means of exercise.
  • Cut out unhealthy habits – Drivers who use tobacco products can see a bit improvement in their health if they kick the habit. Sodas and fast food are also habits drivers should try to abandon.
  • Get enough sleep – Sleep is important to good health. Make sure your sleeper compartment is comfortable and has a quality berth mattress and the right climate control to facilitate good sleep. By getting enough sleep, you ensure you’re alert when you’re on the road, and you give your body sufficient time to rest and heal.

 

Health Tips

 

 

Ensuring that you are comfortable on the road is also important, and nothing contributes to driver comfort like the right truck seat. Suburban Seating & Safety is a trusted provider of truck seats and truck interior accessories. A family-owned business, Suburban Seating & Safety has been a trusted supplier since 1947. To learn more about the company and its wide line of products from respected manufacturers, call 1-844-SAS-SEAT.

 

Source

 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sitting/faq-20058005

 

Four Ways Truckers Can Avoid Tailgating

Tailgating poses a huge danger for all drivers but, especially, for drivers of large trucks and tractor trailers, as these vehicles are far more difficult to stop than smaller automobiles. Truckers need to be aware of the dangers posed by tailgating and avoid this unsafe driving practice.

 

Tailgaitng

 

Passenger vehicles traveling at 60 mph need at least 240 feet to come to a safe stop – and that’s when road conditions are good. The first 60 feet is taken up by the driver’s reaction time – that is, the driver’s realization that he or she needs to stop. The remaining 180 feet is taken up by the driver applying the brakes and slowing the vehicle. Drivers of big trucks and semis need even more space to come to a complete stop because of the weight and momentum of their vehicles.

 

To Avoid Tailgating

 

  • Big trucks traveling slower than 40 mph should leave one second of distance for every 10 feet of their vehicle’s length. You can gauge seconds of distance by making note of a landmark and how many seconds it takes after the vehicle in front of you passes the landmark for you to pass it. For example, if your vehicle is 40 feet long, there should be four seconds between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
  • If you’re traveling faster than 40 mph, add an additional second. That means that if you’re driving a 60 ft. vehicle 60 mph, you should leave seven seconds between your vehicle and the lead vehicle.
  • In rain or snow, increase your driving distance. Wet, slick roads will increase the distance needed for you to safely stop your vehicle. Add a few seconds to your following distance in adverse conditions to improve safety.
  • Accelerate slowly from stops. Flooring the gas will make it more likely that you may get too close to the vehicle in front of you.

 

Avoid Tailgating

 

Tailgating poses a serious threat to highway safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly a quarter of all automobile crashes are rear-end collisions. These accidents result in almost a million injuries and 2,000 deaths each year.

 

In addition to safe driving practicing, truck drivers can improve their safety by having the right truck seats and accessories. Suburban Seating & Safety is a trusted provider of truck seats and truck interior accessories. A family-owned business, Suburban Seating & Safety has been a trusted supplier since 1947. To learn more about the company and its wide line of products from respected manufacturers, call 1-844-SAS-SEAT.

 

Four Ways Truckers Can Avoid Jackknife Accidents

If there’s one thing that truck drivers dread, it’s a jackknife accident. Jackknifing has huge potential for carnage, often resulting in multiple vehicle accidents and truck flip-overs. About 10 percent of all big truck-related deaths result from jackknife accidents.

 

Jackknife Accidents

 

Jackknife accidents occur when a truck towing a trailer skids and the trailer’s momentum causes the trailer to swing to the side while pushing the truck. When a tractor trailer is jackknifing, the trailer often collides with the truck. During a jackknife accident, the driver has no control, and the truck and trailer can take up multiple traffic lanes, careening into other vehicles. Trucks that jackknife also often overturn, which can result in fires and cargo spills.

 

Truckers can reduce their risk of jackknifing by using these best practices for driving a tractor trailer:

 

  • Brake gradually – Slamming on brakes makes jackknifing more likely. Practice progressive braking – slowing over the longest distance possible. It helps reduce the likelihood of jackknifing and is a good general safety practice, as it provides drivers with more reaction time.
  • Be careful when towing light loads – Vehicles carrying heavy loads are unlikely to jackknife; it’s the lightly packed trailers that you have to worry about. Jackknifing typically happens when trailers are empty or light loads are badly distributed. Light trailer loads and poorly distributed loads are more likely to cause skidding because trailers and their brakes are designed for full loads and provide too much power when loads are light, resulting in skidding.
  • Avoid braking on a curve – Slow down on straight-line stretches of highway before you enter a curve. Braking on a curve can cause wheels to lose traction, resulting in a skid. By slowing before the curve, you avoid this situation. Avoiding braking on a curve is particularly important when the curve ahead is a downhill curve, as the momentum on the trailer will be increased, making a jackknife more likely.
  • If your vehicle starts to skid, remove your foot from the brake – This may be counterintuitive, but, by releasing the brake, you prevent the skid from becoming worse, and you stand a better chance of avoiding a jackknife.

 

Driving a Tractor Trailer

 

Having the right seat to provide proper support and elevation can also help truck drivers avoid accidents. Suburban Seating & Safety is a trusted provider of truck seats and truck interior accessories. A family-owned business, Suburban Seating & Safety has been a trusted supplier since 1947. To learn more about the company and its wide line of products from respected manufacturers, call 1-844-SAS-SEAT.

 

Four Weather Conditions Truckers Must Avoid

Getting cargo to its destination and getting it there on time are important priorities for truckers, but safety is also a critical priority and, in some weather conditions, the risks involved with driving make staying grounded the best course.

 

Drivers of large trucks

 

Certain adverse weather conditions pose elevated dangers for drivers of large trucks. Because large trucks are so much harder to slow down and stop, visibility and traction are especially important.

 

  • Severe storm conditions – Truck drivers should regularly check weather apps on their smartphone and pay attention to radio alerts concerning severe storm conditions. Should a severe storm or tornado threaten their area, truckers should try to plan an alternate route or seek shelter. Strong winds from severe storms, as well as debris that a storm may produce, put drivers of semis and other big trucks at risk.
  • Sun glare – Sun glare is a condition truckers need to take precautions against. Driving toward the sun at certain times of day can significantly impair your visibility, making an accident more likely. Try to plan your route to avoid driving into the sun at times of day when glare is bad. Also, keep sunglasses and other truck accessories onboard to reduce glare.
  • Extreme fog – Fog can greatly reduce visibility, putting truckers and other drivers on the road at risk. Truckers who find themselves in severe fog conditions should get off the road until it passes. Even in mild fog conditions, drivers should exercise caution, slow down, and make use of their fog lights.
  • Extreme ice and snow –  If possible, truckers should avoid driving in conditions of severe snow and ice. Should truckers have to travel in snow or icy conditions, they should equip their vehicle with any tire chains or snow tires, as needed. Truckers traveling on snowy or icy roads should also avoid fast turns and quick stops, and approach intersections with extreme caution.

Truck seats

 

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Big Trucks, Big City: Seven Tips for Urban Big Rig Driving

While big trucks are most often seen on the interstates and major highways, many must travel through city streets to reach their destinations. City streets are smaller and more crowded than rural highways and major freeways, so truckers must be on their guard to avoid accidents and delays.

 

Truck seats and accessories

 

  • Optimize your visibilityAdjust your truck seat so you are comfortable and have a full range of vision.
  • Budget your time wisely – Traveling five miles in an urban environment takes a lot longer than traveling five miles on the highway. Factor in the time it takes to successfully navigate city streets into your trip planning. Make sure you don’t have to rush to be on time, as this can increase your chance of accidents.
  • Plan your route – Use your experience and the technological tools available to plan your trip to minimize in-city driving.
  • Be careful when it’s raining – Wet city streets will make it harder for you to stop your truck. In addition to the water, there will likely also be oil and fuel on the street surface, increasing the slipperiness of the road.
  • Don’t assume green means go – When approaching an intersection, even if the light is green, slow down a little and keep a lookout for drivers who may run the light.
  • Be mindful of your “no zone” – Pay close attention to other drivers that may enter this zone, as well as pedestrians and bikers.
  • Be careful on left turns – Enter the left lane before making a left turn and avoid swinging right as much as possible.

 

Truck Drivers Safely

 

With a little extra planning and caution, truck drivers can safely share the road with other drivers even on crowded city streets. For optimal comfort and safety, drivers should choose truck seats and accessories from a proven provider.

 

Suburban Seating & Safety is a trusted provider of truck seats and truck interior accessories. A family-owned business, Suburban Seating & Safety has been a trusted supplier since 1947. To learn more about the company and its wide line of products from respected manufacturers, call 1-844-SAS-SEAT.

 

How to Park Your Semi-Truck Safely

Parking a semi-truck can be challenging, even for the most experienced drivers. Obviously, the easiest way to park your truck is to find a spot where you can pull in directly. However, finding these premium spaces is not always possible, depending upon your driving schedule and what time you are ready to call it a day.

 

Truck Interior Accessories

 

An alternative is to find a spot where you can pull in straight, right behind another truck, although you may want to ask the other driver when they plan on leaving; otherwise, you could have to back up to get out of the spot. Aside from these types of parking spaces, there can be times when you will need to back your truck into a parking space.

 

Before backing up, it is a good idea to get out of the truck and do a visual inspection of what is behind you. Make note of the location of other trucks, vehicles, and objects you could accidently hit. To make backing up easier, consider upgrading your truck interior accessories to include a backup camera.

 

When it is not possible to do a “straight-back” parking maneuver, you may be required to do an “off-set-back,” “alley dock,” or parallel park. Again, check your surroundings before backing up. Because these types of maneuvers require turning the trailer and truck, take your time and allow proper clearance for wide turns.

 

If a spot looks like it will be too tight, and it will not be easy to back into, then try to find a different location to park, if possible. If not, it never hurts to ask another trucker to serve as a spotter and let you know if you are getting too close to an object or another truck.

 

Semi-Truck Seats

 

It is also a good idea to practice different parking maneuvers whenever you have the opportunity. Find a big, empty parking lot to practice in and consider using plastic traffic cones to gauge your performance. For backup cameras for your truck, truck seats, and other accessories, contact Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) today!

 

Seven Ways Truck Drivers Can Beat Back Pain

Back pain is the bane of truck drivers all over the country. Long hours spent in a truck seat can contribute to low back pain, a significant health problem that can have dire results for truck drivers. Better ergonomic practices and gear can help drivers avoid this potentially career-ending problem.

 

Low back pain is the leading cause of disability in workers under 45, and a major cause of compensation claims, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.  Truck drivers are at elevated risk for low back pain because they spend many hours sitting and because of the heavy physical labor they perform loading and unloading trucks.

 

Truck Drivers Can Beat Back Pain

 

The following ergonomic tips can help truckers avoid developing low back pain:

 

  • Reduce the stress on your body by changing your seat position every half hour.
  • If your truck vibrates, use a gel seat cushion to mitigate the vibration. Constant vibration can result in low back pain and other musculoskeletal issues.
  • Position your steering wheel so your elbows are close to your sides. This minimizes the amount of reaching you must do.
  • Stay hydrated. If you keep hydrated your body will be better able to function and heal.
  • If needed, use a towel or lumbar roll to provide additional support for the lower back. Support for the lower back can help prevent discomfort and musculoskeletal issues.
  • Position mirrors so you can see them without stretching or straining.
  • Adjust your seat to ensure that your knees are not higher than your hips. Sitting with your knees higher than your hips for extended periods can contribute to low back pain.

 

Ergonomic Tips

 

By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can reduce your likelihood of developing low back pain, saving you lost work time and doctor’s bills. It’s well worth the effort.

 

Suburban Seating & Safety is a trusted provider of truck seats and truck interior accessories. A family-owned business, Suburban Seating & Safety has been a trusted supplier since 1947. To learn more about the company and its wide line of products from respected manufacturers, call 1-844-SAS-SEAT.