Holiday Tips for Truck Drivers

Being on the road and away from home as the holidays approach can be difficult for truck drivers. Unfortunately, for truckers, this is just the nature of the business. That does not mean that you cannot enjoy the holidays; you just need to get a little creative.

 

Tips for Truck Drivers

 

  1. Keep in Touch With Family And Friends Through Texting and Social Media – Remain in contact with your family by texting, Facebook, Skype or another video chat service. You can also help your spouse complete holiday shopping by finding bargains online. Use your mobile device to post greetings and messages to your children on their social media page or via email.
  2. Avoid Taking On Too Much Work – It can be tempting to pick up extra loads and runs to cover for other drivers who are taking time off. While the extra money is great, it can quickly wear you down so you are exhausted on the days you do get home.
  3. Bring Along Your Family if Possible – Some trucking companies allow drivers to bring along their family on longer trips so they can spend time together while you are working over the holiday season. Check with your employer to see if this is an option.
  4. Let Your Kids Decorate the Interior of Your Cab – Have your kids brighten up your sleeping area in the back of the truck with some holiday lights and decorations. You could also hang up holiday-themed coloring pages your kids colored or drawings they made.
  5. Send Your Children Postcards from Santa – During the weeks leading up to Christmas, mail postcards to your children with personalized messages from Santa. When you return home, they will be excited to share with you the postcards you sent.
  6. Create Your Own Holiday Traditions – There are no set rules when it comes to celebrating the holidays or the traditions you have to follow. It is perfectly acceptable to come up with your own that work best around your schedule.

We hope these holiday tips makes your holiday season enjoyable. Please feel free to contact Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) today for all of your replacement truck seats and accessories.

 

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Five Tips for New Truck Drivers

Adapting to a life on the road can be exciting and, at the same time, have its own set of new challenges. When you are first starting out, it is best to take the time to become familiar with your rig, its features, and how it operates before pulling out of the truck yard. If you are unfamiliar with the controls in the truck, as they might be different from the truck you drove during training, review the owner’s manual and ask questions.

 

Tips for New Truck Drivers

 

Once you are out on the road, keep in mind your objective should be to drive safely and arrive on time at your destinations by following these five tips:

 

  1. Drive at a comfortable speed. It is acceptable to drive five or ten miles per hour slower than the posted speed limit and remain in the right-hand lane if you are not entirely used to driving at the posted limit.
  2. Try to avoid heavy traffic. It is best to schedule your driving time so you do not have to drive through major cities during rush hour periods.
  3. Stop early to get the best parking. Finding truck parking later in the evening can be frustrating and involve wasting time you could be resting, while you go from truck stop to truck stop and get on and off exit after exit.
  4. Try to arrive early to deliver/pickup loads. Sometimes it is possible to get unloaded or loaded earlier than scheduled, giving you the opportunity to take on another load sooner, or potentially arrive sooner at the next delivery. This can translate to more money and better runs.
  5. It does not hurt to get to know other truck drivers. Veteran drivers are full of useful tips and suggestions to make life on the road easier.

 

Replacement Truck Seats

 

If your carrier allows you to customize your rig, remember to check out the wide selections of replacement truck seats, accessories, and other products from Suburban Seating & Safety to make life on the road more comfortable. Contact us at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) for assistance in selecting the right products for your truck.

 

Roadside Sleeping Safety Tips: Rest Areas and Other Options

When driving your truck from one destination to the next, you will no doubt need to stop and catch a few “zzz’s” to ensure you are well-rested and refreshed. Truck drivers have many different options of places where they can stop and take a nap or sleep. To help ensure you get a decent night’s rest, remember to check out the truck interior accessories, cushions, and other items available from us, here at Suburban Seating & Safety.

 

  1. Rest Areas

Rest areas are great places to stop when you need a break from driving. Some rest stops even have restaurants and fuel, allowing you to take care of all of your needs in one stop. If you plan on sleeping in rest areas, keep in mind that not all rest areas allow for overnight parking. However, sleeping during the day is commonly permitted.

 

Custom Truck Seats

 

  1. Truck Stops

Many truck stops have parking spaces where you can stop for the day. One benefit of truck stops is having access to food, fuel, showers, and other such amenities. The only drawback is that truck stops tend to fill up early, so, the later you arrive, the harder it is to find overnight parking.

 

  1. Hotels/Motels

Some truckers will book a hotel or motel room overnight to enjoy sleeping in a regular bed. There are various chains which have ample room to park your truck if you choose this option.

 

  1. Campgrounds

Some RV campsites can also accommodate overnight truck parking for truckers. Just make sure to call ahead to find out if parking is available at the campground.

 

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Safety Tips

 

  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Lock your doors when sleeping or away from your truck.
  • Stop driving immediately if you find yourself nodding off.
  • Never stop overnight on highway shoulders.

 

After picking up your load, take the time to map out your route and figure out where you will be stopping so you can research what sleeping and parking options are available. For more information about our replacement seats, bedding, and other items, call Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) today!

 

Truck Safety: Things to Watch Out For on the Road

Truck drivers can only do so much to ensure the safety of themselves and other people on the road. On-the-road safety also requires better educating others as to the potential risks and dangers of sharing the road with semi-trucks.

 

Truck Seats

 

  • Signals – Truck drivers need to make sure to always use signals to let others know their intentions. Other motorists need to watch for these and make sure they get out of a truck’s way, especially if they are riding in a blind spot where the truck cannot see them.
  • Blind Spots – Trucks have numerous blind spots all around the entire rig, including the front, rear, and both sides, with the right side being the biggest one. A good driving rule to follow is if you cannot see the truck driver in the side mirrors, the driver cannot see you.
  • Passing – Never pass a truck on the right-hand side, as it is dangerous due to the large blind spot. Make sure the truck has sufficient space on the road, as some areas of the road could be narrower, and the truck could overlap into the other lane. After passing the truck, do not cut into the lane directly in front of the truck. Before returning to the right-hand lane, make sure there is at least one full semi-truck of space in between you and the truck.
  • Stopping Distances – Trucks require up to a full football field of distance to come to a safe stop in optimal driving conditions. This is why you should not cut off a truck—ever.
  • Tailgating – First, this is a blind spot, and truck drivers cannot see the vehicle. Next, debris from the road could be kicked up from the truck and projected directly at the vehicle, including blown truck tires.

 

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All truck drivers can do is drive defensively when they get behind the wheel and make sure their truck seats and mirrors are set correctly to provide the best views. Others also need to drive defensively to keep the roads safe for everyone.

 

For replacement seats, cushions, covers, parts, and accessories for your truck, contact Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) today.

 

Truckers & Relationships: Maintaining a Relationship While Traveling

In a previous blog segment we discussed career options and communication tips for truckers in committed relationships. In this blog segment we will look at other things you and your partner and family can do to ensure you have a strong relationship even while you are away from home.

 

Maintaining a Relationship While Traveling

 

  1. Schedule activities you can both do while away from home. Finding similar interests is essential to a strong relationship. Pick a book, TV series, or other activities you can both do while you are away to help stimulate conversation and give each of you something to talk about that is not related to bills or household chores.
  2. Learn to recognize each other’s strengths. You may be the primary income earner, but your at-home partner might feel jealous because you are getting to see the country, while they are stuck at home. Remind them of their ability to maintain the home and their own strengths, and how the strength of each of you complements your relationship.
  3. Develop a “homecoming” schedule. Work with your partner to create a ritual to get reacquainted, like sitting down to a home-cooked family meal, or taking your spouse out for a romantic date night.
  4. Communicate frequently with each other, and pay attention when you talk. Some people find having a set time to call or Skype with each other is beneficial. During this time, eliminate all distractions and focus entirely on the other person. Distractions can make you or your partner feel left out and, in some cases, like you do not care and are just going through the motions.
  5. Express your love in fun and creative ways. Sending a postcard, trinket, or other mementos from your travels lets your loved ones know you care. You could also hide little notes around the house before you leave, or arrange for flowers to be delivered.
  6. Schedule family game nights. If you have children, make a point to schedule a family game night where you can play board games with them over Skype.

Traveling for work does not mean your relationships have to suffer if you remember these tips and suggestions. For all of your truck interior accessories, seat cushions, seat covers, and replacement seats, please call Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328).

 

Truckers & Relationships

 

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.

 

truck seating position

 

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.

 

seating position affect your driving

 

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).