Tips for Staying Awake on the Road

Those long haul trips can start to become boring for some drivers after they have made the same trip numerous times. Between the feeling of familiarity with the trip, the boredom, and the white-noise in the background from the radio, CB, and tires, it can create a situation where you find yourself getting sleepy and your eyelids getting heavy.


Awake on the Road


Falling asleep while behind the wheel can have serious consequences for you and other motorists. To prevent accidents and keep yourself safe, remember these essential tips to help stay awake while driving:


  • Eat a healthy breakfast/meal before heading out. Whether you like driving overnight or during the day, make sure to eat a healthy meal before hitting the road. The first meal of the day is the most important and gives you the energy you need to stay alert.
  • Avoid drinking too much caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it flushes out the water in your body and could result in dehydration. Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water in between caffeinated beverages.
  • Take a daily vitamin. Avoid those so-called energy drinks that are packed full of sugar. Instead, take a daily vitamin after eating breakfast to help give your body the nutrients and energy it needs.
  • Stop and stretch your legs every so often. After driving for two or three hours, make a point to stop, get out of your truck, take a fifteen minute break, and get some fresh air.
  • If you find yourself starting to nod off, pull off the road. It is better to pull into a rest area and take a half hour to hour nap, than fighting off sleep.
  • Avoid fast food meals. Sure, fast food is convenient, but the fat and grease in most meals makes you sleepy. If possible, try to eat somewhere with healthier options, where you can sit down to eat and get a break from driving.
  • Get new truck seats. If your seat is lumpy and uncomfortable, it can result in soreness and stiffness, which can make it harder to get a decent night’s rest, leading to you potentially nodding off while driving.

Please feel free to contact Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) today for help in selecting the best seats for your truck.


Staying Awake on the Road


Ways to Customize Your Semi Truck

Most truck drivers spend long hours on the road away from the comforts of home. From driving to sleeping and relaxing, the truck cab becomes your home-away-from-home. Taking the time to customize your semi truck allows you to put your own personal touches on your truck and make spending time in it more enjoyable.


Customize Your Semi Truck


  • Upgrade your seat. Getting new replacement truck seats allows you to choose the features and options that best meet your needs, like better back and neck support. You can also consider seat covers if your seat is still in decent condition, but is starting to look a bit worn.
  • Install a navigation/GPS/entertainment system. From custom audio systems to integration with smartphones, a new entertainment center will provide access to your favorite music and provide you with detailed directions, and nearby fuel stations and restaurants, and some even offer weather updates and traffic alerts.
  • Add Bluetooth hands-free compatible devices. Changing radio stations, CB channels, and anything else that takes your hands off the wheel and eyes of the road can be dangerous. With a hands-free Bluetooth system you can use voice commands to take care of most functions and still keep your attention on the road.
  • Get a comfortable mattress. Making sure you are well-rested before driving is important; not to mention, a new mattress can help prevent back aches and pains.
  • Install a satellite TV receiver.  Get access to TVs, movies, and on-demand channels you can watch while you unwind after a day of driving.
  • Upgrade the exterior of the truck. There are numerous exterior upgrades, like adding chrome bumpers and wheels, fog lights, and additional exterior lights.


If you do not own your truck, before making customizations check with the owner and get his or her permission. Most owners are willing to allow their drivers to make certain customizations to keep them happy.


Truck Interior Accessories


Remember to check out the truck accessories and replacement seats available from Suburban Seating & Safety, or call us at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) to get the items you need to personalize your truck.


Truck Safety: Driving and Fog Considerations

Driving in fog is considered one of the most potentially hazardous conditions. Fog is created when cooler air passes over warmer air at ground level. In many cases, the humidity or moisture level is exceptionally high, leading to much thicker and denser fog. Driving in fog is essentially driving through a cloud at ground level.


Driving and Fog Considerations


As a result, visibility is reduced, and it becomes much more difficult to see other vehicles, the road, and your surroundings. Roadways could also become wet and even slippery. As with any change in road conditions, it is important to follow safe driving practices and habits while driving in fog, including:


  • Reduce your speed. Slow down and pay attention to the speedometer. Some people unfortunately speed up and drive faster in foggy conditions because they do not think they are moving that fast.
  • Turn on your flashers/hazard lights. It can be difficult for traffic behind you to see your trailer in thick fog, and turning on the flashers helps.
  • Turn on headlights and fog lights. Even if you encounter fog during the day, always turn on your low-beam headlights and fog lights. These lights will make it easier to see the road in front of you.
  • Never use high-beam headlights during foggy conditions. The light from high-beam headlights is intense and will make it much harder to see the road and other motorists.
  • Avoid stopping on the road or on the side of the road. Other motorists could rear-end the back of your truck, which would result in a major pile up.
  • If conditions deteriorate, and it becomes too difficult to drive, stop driving. Find a safe place to exit off the road, like a rest area, truck stop, or parking lot.

Keep in mind, some places refer to fog as “smoke,” and may even have warning signs posted along the roadside in locations where fog is a regular and frequent occurrence.


Truck Safety


One way to remain alert while driving in fog is with comfortable semi truck seats from Suburban Seating & Safety. Contact us at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) for assistance in selecting the best seats for your truck.


Options for Truck Drivers with Families

With the number of truck driving positions growing, and the demand for experienced truckers increasing, a career in this field can be appealing for many people looking for a career change or an opportunity to travel the country. The rewards trucking offers can also bring with it challenges for truckers in committed relationships, as well as those with children.


truck drivers with families


In cases where you do not have children, some couples choose to work as a long distance truck driving team. If this is not feasible for your particular situation, keep in mind that communication is key to a successful relationship, so you should schedule time daily to talk to your spouse.


One option for truckers with families is to seek out local driving positions that keep you close to home. Securing these types of positions can be difficult, because they are highly sought-after by many skilled truck drivers. In addition, these positions can require working just as many long hours as over-the-road drivers, so the trade-off for being at home every evening may not be worth it in the long run.


On the other hand, most over-the-road drivers spend several weeks on the road, and then get to enjoy at least a week or longer at home with their families. It is important to carefully weigh your options between local and over-the-road opportunities to determine what is best.


Thanks to smartphones, and text and video messaging, you can always be connected to your spouse and children, even while away for several weeks at a time. You could even explore truck interior accessories, like a web cam, so your kids can see you and talk to you on speaker phone or through an earpiece.


Mother and son with a laptop


Another option is to look for careers with “family-friendly” carriers. Some carriers offer the option to bring your spouse and/or children along with you on the road for occasional trips together.


Having a spouse and children does not mean you cannot still be a truck driver. It just means you need to make sure you are active in their daily lives, even while on the road. For truck cab and mobile device accessories to help keep you connected with your loved ones, call Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (1-844-727-7328) today.


How Does Your Seating Position Affect Your Driving?

Our ability to safely operate any type of motorized vehicle, including semi-trucks, is influenced by the position of our seat. It is important to remember, the position of your truck seat is directly related to the make, model, and year of truck you are driving. Some truck designs influence our seated positions based upon the amount of visibility available, as well as the installation and placement of the seat.


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In addition, every truck driver has their own preferences for comfort, so their preferred seating position could easily vary from yours. This is perfectly acceptable, as long as the driver is sitting correctly to ensure the safe operation and control of the truck.


The main thing to remember is you are operating a large motorized vehicle, so looking “cool,” with the seatback fully reclined and the seat pushed so far back you can just barely reach the pedals, is never an option.


When you are not able to easily reach the truck’s pedals, it results in slower reaction times if you need to stop suddenly. Plus, a reclined seat back reduces your line of vision, making it more difficult to see further down the road. For instance, you might not be able to notice stopped traffic ahead or an accident until you are much closer, not providing you with sufficient time to stop.


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One problem some truck drivers have is they are taller. Seats are typically designed as a “one-size-fits-all” solution. This leads to taller truck drivers having to slide their seats back further for comfortable leg positioning, but this could create problems with their being able to maintain a proper grip on the steering wheel. This can lead to problems maintaining control over the truck in adverse weather, as well as in slower reaction times should drivers need to quickly change lanes or direction. An adjustable steering wheel can easily resolve this type of problem.


To learn more about proper seat position and how to adjust your truck seat so it is ergonomically correct, check our free guide online or contact Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (1-844-727-7328).


Tips for Selecting the Right Truck Seat Cushions

Let’s face it. As a truck driver, you spend the majority of your working day sitting behind the wheel of your rig in the driver’s seat. Having the right truck seat cushions is essential to prevent your back, neck, shoulders, and bottom from getting sore and stiff. It is uncomfortable to sit for long hours on a hard, unforgiving seat. Plus, it is not good for your body, and skeletal and nervous systems.


Seats for Trucks


A new replacement set or cushion for your existing seat can be exactly what you need to remain comfortable. There are several things you need to consider to ensure you are getting the best seat, as follows:


  • Budget – You need to decide how much you want to invest in a new seat or cushion. Sometimes paying a little more for a higher quality seat or cushion will pay off in the long run, as it means fewer backaches and less discomfort.
  • Options/Features – Seats and cushions can include a wide array of options and features, including lumbar support, shoulder support, and neck support. Some models could also provide heat and massaging options.
  • Cleaning and Care – If you are concerned about accidental spills, sweating, and fading, select a seat that is stain and water resistant. With cushions, look for ones you can toss into a washer to get clean. Another option is to get a protective seat cover to put over the seat and cushion.
  • Truck Make/Model/Year – To select a correctly fitting seat or cushion, you need to know the make, model, and year of your truck.
  • Availability of Replacement Parts – Sometimes the cause of an uncomfortable seat cushion is the result of broken springs, parts, and other pieces of the seat framework. Remember to take this into consideration when selecting a new seat or cushion.


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For further assistance in selecting the correct seat, cushion, or cover, please feel free to call Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (1-844-727-7328) and speak with one of our truck seat experts today!


Truck Safety: High Wind Considerations and Driving

In order to prevent your big rig from accidently tipping over during high winds, it is important know how to handle your truck and what to do when you encounter these conditions. Suburban Seating & Safety, supplier of semi-truck and custom truck seats, offers the following suggestions to help keep you, fellow truckers, and motorists safe.


Wind Considerations and Driving


Be aware of hazardous weather conditions. The weather can change unexpectedly at any time. A clear and sunny day can suddenly become windy or stormy. When hazardous conditions appear, take necessary precautions.


Check weather reports before hitting the road and periodically throughout the day. You want to make sure to verify weather reports in all areas you will travel through and monitor updates on a regular basis. It can be beneficial to invest in a weather radio to obtain the latest weather reports.


Increase following distances and slow down. During high winds and hazardous weather conditions, slow down and reduce your speed. Increase the following distances between you and other trucks and vehicles on the road to allow for ample stopping should an accident occur in front of you. Do not be afraid to stop driving, by finding a safe place to park and wait for conditions to improve, if it becomes too difficult to drive and safely maintain control of your truck.


Know your weights and loads. The weight of the trailer and truck determines how easily it can be blown over during windy conditions. If you are traveling with an empty trailer, a light load, or a load with a high center of gravity, be prepared to stop if the wind is pushing you around easily.


Manually control your truck. Do not use cruise control during high winds and poor driving conditions. It can also help to downshift into a lower gear to supply more power and control over a truck and trailer against strong winds.


Custom Truck Seats


Driving during windy conditions might seem difficult, but, by following these suggestions, you will know how to handle your truck better to avoid accidents. Lastly, remember to operate your truck with a comfortable and fully functioning seat. If you require a custom or replacement truck seat, contact Suburban Seating & Safety today by calling (844) SAS.SEAT.


Five Hacks for Cleaning Your Semi Cab

When you spend around 70 hours a week in one spot, you don’t want it smelling like nachos. On top of driving hundreds of miles, and loading and unloading trucks, commercial drivers also fight a never-ending war against dirt and grime in their truck cabs.


Finding the time and energy to give your truck seats and interior a thorough scrub-down can be tough, as those precious few minutes when you have time to clean may not occur in the most convenient places. The following are a few hacks commercial drivers have learned by trial and error that help them keep their trucks clean and organized.


Cleaning Your Semi Cab


  • Dump trash at every stop – Every time you stop for gas, to get a meal, or to load or unload your truck, take a few seconds to empty the trash in your vehicle. This will help keep trash from piling up in your cab.
  • Make cleaning part of your pre-trip routine – Before embarking on a trip, don’t just check the tires and mirrors and perform your usual safety tasks. Incorporate a few cleaning tasks into your routine. Take the time to wipe down the dash, vacuum, or complete other cleaning related tasks. You don’t have to clean the whole vehicle, but, by knocking out a few tasks before hitting the road, you reduce the amount of work you have to do later.
  • Use CD cases for DVDS – Many truckers have a small library of DVDs on board to watch when they pull in to rest for the evening. Keeping DVDs in DVD cases takes up too much space. Storing them in CD cases is more efficient.
  • Make use of vertical space – Use racks and containers you can mount to the walls of your cab to provide added storage space for your truck. By maximizing use of your available space, you can store more items and keep your gear more efficiently organized.
  • Get professional help – Every now and again, get a pro to come clean your truck cab. It’ll cost a little, but it’s completely worth having a professional cleaning job done once or twice a year to get everything back in tip-top shape.


cleaning your truck


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Seven Bus Safety Tips Every Driver Needs to Follow

School buses, public transport buses, and private buses transport millions of people each year. Bus drivers have a huge responsibility, being responsible for dozens of passengers’ wellbeing every time they sit in the bus driver’s seat.


Bus driver’s seat


Men and women who drive buses should undergo thorough training and have all the appropriate licenses before getting behind the wheel. They should also refresh their knowledge from time to time with continuing education and reading.


For bus drivers, these safety tips are helpful to remember:


  • While bus drivers must follow a strict time schedule, they should never sacrifice safety to adhere to the schedule. Always make safety the first priority and, if a route is just unfeasible, discuss the matter with your supervisor.
  • Bus drivers should avoid wearing hoods while driving, as they can interfere with peripheral vision and hearing.
  • Pay attention to the weather. Bad weather conditions can be perilous for large vehicles like buses. Listen to radio weather reports before work and be sure to drive appropriately for weather conditions.
  • Know your routes. Be sure to know your route, as well as alternate routes you may have to take. Modern GPS technology makes this easy, but it’s always worthwhile to keep an old-fashioned city map or Rand McNally atlas on hand.
  • Give your vehicle an inspection before each trip. Walk around the vehicle and check for any damage, check your tires, and also make sure your mirrors are in the right position before driving the bus.
  • Don’t follow too close. Buses take a lot longer to stop than regular passenger vehicles. Maintain adequate distance between yourself and vehicles ahead of you.
  • Be mindful of your blind spots. Buses have large blind spots. Additional mirrors and other accessories have mitigated this somewhat, but drivers should always be mindful of their vehicles’ blind spots when changing lanes.


Bus Safety Tips Every Driver


By practicing good safety habits, bus drivers can ensure their passengers arrive safely and on time. Accidents can be costly for bus companies and can be emotionally damaging for drivers, so following commonsense safety precautions is a wise course for drivers.


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Five Facts About the Commercial Driving Lifestyle

Being a commercial truck driver isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle. To be successful as a truck driver, you have to make certain changes to accommodate the necessities of the work. This includes being willing to work long and irregular hours, spending weeks away from home, and having a high level of responsibility for the safety of yourself and others.


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The trucking life isn’t for everyone, and, before starting training to become a commercial truck driver, you should know what you’re getting into. Think about these facts about the trucking life when determining whether a career in commercial driving is right for you:


  • Be ready to get up early. Really early. Most drivers are up and on the road by 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. However, there are many drivers who work changing hours or who drive through the night.
  • It’s great if you like to travel. Most drivers cover about 125,000 miles per year. That’s about 500 miles per day.
  • The pay can vary. Some drivers are paid by the mile, while others earn an hourly rate. In general, commercial truckers can expect to earn about $35,000 in their first year and between $45,000 and $55,000 in subsequent years.
  • You’ll need to be fit. On top of having the endurance to spend 11 hours in a truck seat, drivers also often help load and unload their trucks. Staying in shape and following best practices for lifting can help drivers avoid discomfort and injury.
  • Be ready to work long hours. Many drivers are expected to work around 70 hours over an eight-day period. There are limits – the law does not permit drivers to drive more than 11 hours in a day and drivers are required to conclude their hours of service with at least a 10-hour break.


Commercial Driving Lifestyle



If the lifestyle and demands of commercial trucking seem appealing to you, you’re likely a great candidate for the job. Find a reputable training program and, once you’re on the road, be sure to outfit your vehicle with the right accessories to maximize your comfort and productivity.


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.