Best Gift Ideas for a Truck Driver

It’s the holiday season. You may be wondering about the best gift ideas for truck drivers if your loved one spends time on the road. From safety to comfort, to convenience, there are quite a few truck driver essentials to consider.

 

womans hands hold christmas gift box

Cameras

Consumer automotive cameras mounted in-vehicle are among things truck drivers need on the road. They provide a view of your surroundings and blind spots. Product choices include heated, waterproof, and flush-mount mirror view cameras, as well as a complete backup camera system with a 7-inch screen.

 

Device Mount

Looking away from the road when driving is dangerous. A device mount is one of the best semi-truck accessories you can find, as the screen is right in your field of view. Suburban Seating & Safety offers a dash or windshield mounted holder with a jaw mount design, 360-degree rotation, and suction cup that sticks to a hard or textured surface.

 

Tablet Mount

A tablet mount takes this idea even further. Have all your apps and files a touch away with a windshield- or dash-mounted tablet holder. The device secures a tablet while its multi-position arm lets you rest a tablet on top or below the dash. Even find the perfect angle, thanks to full 360-degree rotation.

 

Seat Cover/Seat Cushion

Suburban Seating & Safety stocks a full line of truck seat covers, seat cushions, and upholstery. Various name brands are sold in vinyl, cloth, and leather and in colors including gray, black, and brown. Search our catalog for the best truck driver seat cushion from leading brands such as National, Bostrom, Coverall, and more.

 

truck seating position

 

Armrest

Replacement armrests easily address damage and wear. They are available in leather, cloth, or vinyl, and in many colors. Plus, they’re easy to install and your truck driver gift recipients will be thankful whenever they get behind the wheel.

 

Other Cool Truck Driver Gift Ideas

A truck driver may appreciate other gifts, such as a:

 

  • GPS navigation system
  • Fast food gift card
  • Compact cooler
  • Battery powered light
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Bluetooth headset

 

Truck seats, cushions, and accessories from Suburban Seating & Safety are perfect gift ideas for truck drivers. The many described above are in stock now. Order today or call us at 844-727-7328 for assistance.

 

Top 7 Accessories for Your Truck

Looking to buy truck accessories online? If you’re a professional driver, you’re probably already overwhelmed with all the options. There are enough bells and whistles out there that you could spend a fortune and still find more to fall in love with, but some accessories are undoubtedly better than others. To help you find your way, here’s a list of our top seven accessories for professional truck drivers.

 

Bracketron Mi-T Grip Dash Mount

Distracted driving isn’t safe driving; that’s why it’s so important to use a hands-free mount for your GPS when you’re cruising down the road. The Bracketron Mi-T Grip Dash Mount has a unique rotating head and a firm grip, letting you position it as you see fit. Attach it to your dash, your windshield, or anywhere else within arm’s reach.

 

Mi-T grip dash mount for GPS devices

 

Luxury Seat Heater Retro-Fit Kit

Any driver who spends time in the United States knows that early mornings can be frigid. There’s nothing more invigorating than slipping into an icy-cold leather seat, but why suffer from that initial shock? Our Luxury Seat Heater Retro-Fit Kit gives you the power to warm it up without replacing the entire seat. Ultra-safe heating elements, hidden hardware, and a premium peel-and-stick design make this one a great choice for winter drivers.

 

RAM Mounts Universal No-Drill™ Laptop Mount

The RAM Mounts Universal No-Drill Laptop Mount serves the same important goal as the Bracketron Mi-T; it lets you keep your device close by without distracting you from the road. Need to stop and enter your logs? No problem with RAM laptop mounts—just pull over, shift to the side, and your laptop is ready for use on the passenger side. It attaches to the floor, and it is compatible with bucket and bench seats.

 

Sym-Mat Boot Brush Door Mat for Trucks

Hey—not everything we love in life is complicated or fancy. The Sym-Mat Boot Brush isn’t, either, but it can save you an incredible amount of time. Place it on the step rail to pull off debris before you step inside, saving you hours on cleaning.

 

sym mat boot brush door mat for trucks

 

Bostrom + Serta Truck Mattress

How you sleep matters, especially when you’re on the road using a semi-truck mattress. Bostrom and Serta’s mattress partnership has created some truly incredible sleeping solutions for tractors and other trucks with sleeping areas. Pick one up for yourself and lie in the lap of luxury with cool action gel, memory foam, pressure point relief, and even weight distribution. No more sore, cramped-up mornings for you!

 

Bracketron Trucker Tough Tablet Mount

Working with a tablet instead of a laptop or smartphone? Use the Bracketron Trucker Tough mount to keep your tablet front and center. This heavy-duty system secures your device and features shock absorbers to reduce vibration.

 

Universal Smartphone Backup Battery Power Bank

Have you ever had a time when two devices died at the same time? Most trucks only have so many plugs. With the Universal Smartphone Backup Battery Power Bank, you can charge any micro USB to USB device without needing to plug into your vehicle. It’s perfect for long trips.

 

Just because you’re a professional driver doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the drive. Pick up a few of these items from Suburban Seating & Safety and become the talk of the trucker world, all while treating yourself to an incredible driving experience. 10-4 until we see you again, good buddy!

How to Care for Your Truck Seat Upholstery

Truck seat upholstery protects underlying seat material and helps enable it to last longer. Upholstery itself requires care, whether it’s factory installed or applied as a durable truck seat cover. At Suburban Seating & Safety, you’ll find the best place to buy truck seat covers, but do you really know how to care for them?

 

Here is an overview of some of the most common seat cover materials, and the best ways to care for them:

 

Leather

Leather is synonymous with luxury. Its fresh smell is desired by many drivers. As durable as it is, leather can be tough to care for beyond wiping it off with a clean cloth. This is effective for removing dirt, dust, and oils. On the other hand, a special leather conditioner is required for more thorough cleanings. Otherwise, the wrong cleaner can dry out the leather and cause it to crack.

 

leather upholstery of a car seat

 

Nylon

Nylon car seat upholstery is durable and stain- and tear-resistant. We offer many nylon bus and truck seats in many different styles. Cleaning up spills is generally simple, and a standard vacuum can be used to clean up dirt and crumbs. The seat can also be washed with detergent and water; when you’re done, use cold water to wipe away the remaining detergent and then just let the seat dry on its own.

 

Vinyl

Non-porous vinyl is a generally waterproof material. It can be wiped clean with a damp towel, or with a cleaner formulated for vinyl surfaces. Vinyl is typically easier to clean than fabric upholstery.

 

grey leather upholstery

 

Caring for Your Seat Covers

If you have a cloth seat cover, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to care for it. Fabric is best treated with a cloth and warm water, along with some gentle soap. Be conservative with soap and water, especially with polyester that tends to stain. It is also highly porous, so you should clean up spills right away.

 

To find semi seats, upholstery, parts for truck seats, and more, search or browse our online catalog, or call us at 844-727-7328 for help and information.

Why Truckers Should Choose Bostrom Truck Seats

You’re a trucker—a person who spends countless hours on the road, driving through rain and snow, beautiful sunny days, and sparkling starry nights. On the road, there’s often little more than you, maybe a dog, and your CB radio as the trees, plains, and mountains breeze by.

 

It’s an idyllic picture, isn’t it? Unfortunately, it leaves out some of the challenges truckers face every single day—like back pain, discomfort, and improper posture. The seat you choose before you drive can mean the difference between a successful job completed and time off due to pain. In this post, we’ll tell you why we think Bostrom truck seats are the right choice for the job.

 

truck trailer in farm field

 

High-Quality Materials

Bostrom truck seats represent the very best in trucking equipment within the seating industry. Each seat is crafted using only the highest-quality, high-durability materials, ensuring that your investment really stands the test of time. When you shop with Suburban Seating & Safety, you can be sure that any product you purchase follows the same exquisite attention to detail and standards of excellence.

 

Custom-Fitted for Individual Fleets

At Suburban Seating & Safety, we know every fleet and company is unique. In partnership with Bostrom, we strive to offer every company with the option for custom-fitted seating. Instead of cookie-cutter solutions, you get all of the quality associated with Bostrom’s brand-name packaged into a more convenient, more suitable solution just for you.

 

professional truck driver driving his big vehicle

 

The Ultimate Seating for Professional Drivers

Bostrom seats aren’t only made with care; they’re specially designed to fit the needs of professional drivers. From the durability of the materials used on the outside of each seat to make seating available for Class 6, 7, and 8 vehicles, there’s an incredible amount of thought put into product design.

 

Bostrom even considers posture and comfort issues specific to individual driving styles and trucks. Order seating for Mack, Volvo, International, Kenworth, Sterling, Peterbilt, and Freightliner trucks or a long list of other makes and models.

 

Bostrom truck air seats provide the ultimate in cushioning and shock protection for long-haul, short-haul, and other professional driving fleets. Shop Suburban Seating & Safety and find your best Bostrom product today to see just how fun driving can really be.

5 Benefits of Investing in Truck Seat Covers

You’ll find many types of truck seat covers at Suburban Seating & Safety. Truck drivers must endure long work shifts, and seat covers help them stay more comfortable. Beyond this most obvious advantage, there are other benefits to covering semi-truck seats in the vehicles of your fleet.

 

steering truck inside cabin of heavy truck

 

Simple Installation

Most commercial truck seat covers install easily without tools or the need for professional expertise. That means no hassle and little downtime, so your trucks get back on the road quickly and are ready for business.

 

Easier Maintenance

Many seat covers can be quickly removed and are machine washable. No major interior detailing work is necessary if there is a spill or universal truck seat covers otherwise get soiled. Some materials are stain-resistant, further protecting the upholstery.

 

Durability

Aside from dirt resistance, each seat cover is highly resilient and wear resistant. From leather and tough fabrics that don’t absorb liquid to cloth that can be simply wiped off, our heavy-duty truck seat covers can handle just about anything.

 

Customizability

Various colors, patterns, and materials are available. Our seat covers come in gray, charcoal, and black, or combinations of these, but others come in tan/gray cloth, red, and a range of other colors. Two-tone cushions are also available, so you can find the best seat covers for trucks in your fleet.

 

leather upholstery of a car seat

 

Reasonable Pricing

We offer high-end commercial semi-truck seat covers at affordable prices from Bostrom, National, ISRI, Sears, and more. Drivers can enjoy the comfort of a leather seat without the high costs. Plus, these seat covers are built to support any passenger on any type of ride.

 

Commercial truck seat covers are a great way to preserve the condition of your seats and vehicle interior as well. They protect against more expensive seat damage caused by stains, wear and tear, and even heat exposure. Drivers remain comfortable all day and don’t have to worry about any food or drinks spilling and damaging the seat material.

 

To find top-brand truck seat covers and upholstery, browse our site or contact Suburban Seating & Safety today.

Why Every Truck Driver and Fleet Managers Should Have a RoadWatch Sensor

One of the latest advancements in new trucking technology is the use of a RoadWatch sensor by truck drivers and fleet managers. RoadWatch is designed to provide temperature detection, but it is much more than your typical thermometer. A RoadWatch Tracker System is designed to provide two vital services truck drivers and fleet managers can utilize.

 

  1. When installed on commercial trucks, buses, and other such vehicles, the RoadWatch Tracker System improves vehicle travel safety. The sensor takes measurements of real-time air and road temperatures. These can be used to help determine when there could be potentially dangerous driving conditions.
  2. When used on road management snow removal and salt/sand application trucks, the RoadWatch Tracker System helps provide more accurate and efficient removal and application processes. In addition, the system can be used at other times of the year, like when repainting lines on roadways.

 

truck trailer on raining road

 

Aside from these two vital services, the RoadWatch Tracker System also offers the following benefits:

 

  • Vehicle Location in Real-Time
  • Vehicle MPH
  • Vehicle Stop and Idle Times
  • Real-Time Road Conditions
  • Can Operate as a Standalone Device or Integrated with Other Vehicle Controls
  • Can Be Used to Determine the Most Efficient and Fastest Routes to Take
  • Fleet Manages Have Access to Data with View Tools Like ArcGIS or Google Earth
  • Bluetooth Connectivity for Easy Installation
  • Can Be Easily Moved from One Truck to Another
  • Can Be Used to Obtain Complete Spreader Information on Salt/Sand Trucks
  • Improves Salt/Sand Spreading Efficiencies
  • Color-Coded Road Temperatures
  • Color-Coded Paths/Routes
  • Low-Cost “Smart Device” Solution

 

RoadWatch uses very precise infrared (IR) energy being radiated by the road. Using the IR data provided by the sensor, the system converts this into an easy to understand road surface temperature reading, which is constantly updated.

 

road watch tracker

 

With winter and inclement weather right around the corner, now is the time to get the RoadWatch Tracking System and Sensors, whether you are a truck driver or a fleet manager. For further information about RoadWatch or to order your system, please feel free to contact Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT or (844-727-7328) today!

 

Assemble a Vehicle Emergency Kit for Your Next Truck Route

lady trucker at her blue 18 wheeler

 

There’s an ever-growing list of things every trucker needs. From comfortable custom truck seats to a reliable GPS system, there are all sorts of items that truckers should have in their cabs on a daily basis to make life on the road as comfortable and efficient as possible.

 

One thing that many fleet drivers and commercial truck drivers forget about is a vehicle emergency kit. Spending hours upon hours on the road each day poses all sorts of risks. While emergencies are often outside of our own control, there are items you can have handy to ensure you have a safe drive each day.

 

Keep reading to learn about the importance of fleet safety, along with the must-have items you’ll want to have access to when on the road.

 

Must-Have Items for Truckers

Being prepared is all part of being a trucker. In today’s world, there are all sorts of accessories that are worth having in commercial truck safety kits. To start, be sure you have mobile accessories, to include a dash mount, a phone charger, and a universal mobile backup battery for your phone. A dash mount will allow you to stay focused on the road, while a charger and backup battery will ensure you’re always connected.

 

Aside from staying connected, comfort is also important. The more comfortable you are, the less distracted you’ll be. Supportive truck seats are a must to minimize the risk of neck and back pain. A comfortable seat cushion may also help to make long routes more bearable.

 

Other items that you’ll want to have accessible when you’re on the road include:

 

  • Bungee cords
  • Backup camera
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Bad weather gear
  • Extra personal items (shampoo, blanket, etc.)

By being prepared for each trip, you can ensure that you’re ready for any emergency or incident that you may face along a route.

 

generic semi trucks at a parking lot

 

Choose Suburban Seating & Safety for All of Your Fleet Truck Safety Needs

Our team at Suburban Seating & Safety knows just how tiring and dangerous life on the road can be. This is why we offer a dedicated inventory of products that are designed to make trucks and drivers safer on every truck route. With our products, including custom truck seats, replacement truck seats, seat belts, and much more, you can count on us to be your go-to for anything related to fleet truck safety.

 

Don’t go another day without the items you need in your vehicle emergency kit. Browse our online inventory or call us at 1-844-727-7328 to place your order.

 

How Air-Conditioned Seats Work

Air-conditioned seats are a standard feature in many cars and trucks. Whether you’re a leisurely driver stuck in traffic in the summer or a trucker on a long haul, you may wonder how the AC can come from your seats yet appreciate the luxury. Cooling truck seats are an energy-efficient alternative to traditional air conditioning.

 

Many of the custom truck seats from Suburban Seating & Safety include ventilation and heating. One advantage is they confine cooled air to where the driver or passenger is sitting. Since the seat doesn’t cool the entire interior, less energy is used. At the same time, occupants can each adjust the air conditioning to their needs.

 

truck interior and seating position

 

The Inner Workings of Air Conditioned Seating

Air-conditioned seats feature built-in fans that circulate air to keep your body cool. Once in motion, the air is blown through a diffusion layer under the seat fabric. The cooling effect then spreads upward to the surface, so occupants get a maximum effect from the cab’s AC cooling or heating system.

 

Cooled replacement truck seats have a porous covering that enables your body’s own cooling system to be more effective when you’re sitting down.

 

Modern air-conditioned seats use a single system to heat and cool. Changes in temperature occur through the foam cushion and perforated leather, in response to actuation of a switch and CPU control. Each type of seat cushion supplied by Suburban Seating & Safety has a fan and diffuser system to make long-haul trips more comfortable.

 

The truck’s AC system still cools the cab. Then the seat’s built-in fan circulates cool air through the cushions, which helps keep a driver or passenger cool.

 

truck driver on the highway

 

Premium Cooling Truck Seats from Suburban Seating & Safety

Our options include the Admiral CT seat with the ComfortTEK ventilation and heat system, which circulates air through the back of the seat and the cushion. The Sears Atlas II LE seat has a cushion ventilation, heating, and cooling system. Other products we offer include Bostrom Wide Ride + Serta, ISRI 5030/880 Premium, and Knoedler seats. For more information on these and other products in our diverse truck seats catalog, contact Suburban Seating and Safety today.

 

7 Trucking Industry Trends for 2019

Fast Truck on Highway

As a trucking company or the owner of a big rig, you know just how important it is to stay on top of the latest and greatest trucking trends. From custom truck seats to eco-friendly trucks, there is a wide range of trends that you’ll want to be on top of for 2019.

 

Here are 7 trucking industry trends to know about.

 

1. Truck Tracking

All companies offer training for their truckers, but there are now companies that offer tracking capabilities to ensure drivers are following the rules of the road. Fleet management platforms use GPS devices to not only track where trucks are located, but also to ensure trucks are on schedule and are driving safely.

 

2. Uber for Trucks

As people are looking for cheaper, easier, and more convenient ways to use carrier services, there’s a brewing trend of using Uber for trucking. There are several apps that have popped up recently, and there are likely more to come in the future.

 

3. Software-as-a-Service

By using Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms, trucking companies can better manage their fleets. These platforms can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

 

  • Load optimization
  • Fleet management
  • Route planning
  • Scheduling

With fleet management software and use of the cloud, keeping tabs on your truckers is much easier.

 

4. Custom Truck Seats

A comfortable truck driver is less likely to be distracted and frustrated. Comfort is important for someone who is on the road for hours and hundreds of miles each day. To ensure comfort and safer drivers, custom truck seats are sure to be a growing trend in the future.

 

5. Safety Big Screens

Big screens aren’t just for watching television. An upcoming trucking trend involves the use of big screens that are installed on the back of trucks, which display the view in front of it, giving other drivers on the road a clear picture of what’s ahead.

 

6. Electric Trucks

Just as there are electric cars, truck manufacturers are now working toward a new era of trucks that use electricity to run. Electric trucks are cheaper and lighter and are also healthier for the environment. One of the top names working on electric trucks is Tesla, which is testing a sleek and minimalistic big rig for use in the future.

 

7. Driverless Technology

Autonomous technology isn’t only being considered for automobiles; it’s also a future option that will be available for trucks. Using artificial intelligence, trucks may one day be able to navigate themselves on the road versus requiring a physical driver.

 

Currently, some trucks are being outfitted with autopilot features, paving the way for autonomous technology in the future.

 

car driving on highway

 

Upgrade Your Trucks Today!

Now is the time to prepare your fleet for the future. Ensure your drivers are comfortable and safe by providing custom truck seats. At Suburban Seating & Safety, we offer auto replacement seats, along with a wide variety of custom truck seats for sale.

 

Contact us today at (844) 727-7328 to get started on your order.

Truck and Auto Replacement Seats: Buying New vs. Buying Used

You know it is time to get truck or auto replacement seats when the seats in your truck or automobile are causing a sore back or are simply uncomfortable to sit in. Depending on the age of your truck or auto, you may have the choice between new and used seats. For really old trucks and autos, your only option may be used.

 

car bench

 

To help you decide which option is best for you, here are some pros and cons of new and used seats to consider:

 

New Seats Pros

  • New seats allow you to upgrade the seat style to include additional features which you currently do not have that are compatible with your vehicle, like heated seats or power seats.
  • New seats are free from possible defects.
  • New seats offer OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) quality.
  • New seats will last longer.
  • New seats can be more comfortable.
  • New seats can have better suspension/springs.
  • They can replace the entire seat or just the bottom, back, or headrest.

New Seats Cons

  • New seats can cost more than used ones, which can present challenges if you are on a budget.
  • New seats may not be compatible with your vehicle.
  • New seats may not give you the authentic look and appearance you want.

Used Seats Pros

  • They are great when restoring vintage and classic cars, as new seats are not authentic and the manufacturer may no longer make seats for the vehicle.
  • They are a good option when you are on a budget and want to keep the same style of seat.
  • It is easy to find used seats compatible with your truck or automobile.
  • You can replace the entire seat or just the damaged section.

Used Seats Cons

  • Used seats could have certain defects if the vehicle they came out of was in an accident.
  • Used seats may not last as long as new seats.
  • Used seats could have certain imperfections in materials, like rips and tears you will also have to repair.

For help finding new seats, seat sections, and seat accessories for your truck or auto, please feel free to explore Suburban replacement seats or contact Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS. SEAT (844-727-7328) for further assistance today!