Monthly Archives: January 2016

Signs It Is Time to Replace Truck and Car Seats

Just like your sofa, office chair, or recliner, your truck and car seats wear out, too. If you keep your vehicles for a long period of time, chances are the seat has started to feel not as comfortable as when you first drove your new vehicle off the car dealer’s lot. When a vehicle seat wears out, it affects our driving abilities. Reaction times could be slower because we are uncomfortable and not thinking about driving, but about the soreness in our backs and necks.

 

Replace Car Seats

 

Besides back and neck pain, stiffness, and soreness, other signs it is time to get rid of that old seat and order replacement truck seats, or car seats, include:

 

 

  • Cracked/Ripped Seat Covering: If the vinyl, cloth, or leather covering is cracking or ripped, it is time to replace the seat, because moisture can now get inside the foam padding and cause it to deteriorate, as well as become an ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew.
  • Sunken Look: If the seat no longer returns to its original shape, and it feels like you are sinking into it when you get behind the vehicle, replace it with a new one.
  • Hardness: If the seat feels like you are sitting on a hard surface, because the padding is no longer reactive or has fallen out, it is time to order a new replacement seat.
  • Broken Parts: If you can no longer adjust the seat, or it will not remain locked in place, you need to replace it, because a broken seat affects your safety and the safety of others on the road.

When selecting a new seat for your vehicle, consider the amount of time you are behind the wheel. Spending a bit more on a higher quality seat with extra padding and other features is well worth the investment if you spend a large amount of time behind the wheel. For assistance in selecting the right seat for your vehicle with the features and comfort you desire, do not hesitate to contact Suburban Seats, by phoning 844-SAS-SEAT (844-727-7328), and speak to a representative today.

 

Replacement Truck Seats

Driver Fatigue: Driving Tired Is Just as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

It is estimated that driver fatigue accounts for about 20% of serious and fatal accidents and is roughly 33% of all accidents involving a single vehicle. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the number of accidents related to driver fatigue is approximately 100,000 per year, with 71,000 injuries, 1,550 deaths, and $12.5 billion in losses. These approximations could potentially be higher, as the reporting of accidents related to fatigue is difficult to track.

 

Dangerous as Drunk Driving

 

While you might think driver-fatigue-related accidents are only limited to long distance truck drivers, you would be wrong. These types of accidents can occur whether you are driving a short distance or a long distance. Fatigue is not caused by driving, in most cases. Rather, there are other underlying causes for the driver already being tired and getting behind the wheel.

 

There are several underlying causes for fatigue, such as stress, sleep disorders, driving when you would normally be asleep, and not getting plenty of quality sleep. In addition, fatigue can be the result of working long hours. Common symptoms can include:

 

  • A lack of concentration
  • Drifting off to sleep
  • Yawning
  • Erratic driving
  • A general soreness, stiffness, or cramping
  • Problems keeping eyes open

Fatigue impacts a person’s driving abilities because it causes them to react more slowly, much like driving while impaired. Driving after being awake for approximately 17 hours is the same as operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05. Driving without having slept in 24 hours or longer is similar to having a BAC level of 0.10, which is considered double the legal alcohol limit in many states.

 

The best thing to do if you are fatigued and notice you are having problems driving is to pull off the road and find somewhere to get some rest, either in a hotel, your home, or the sleeper in the back of your truck. It is also recommended that you stop every few hours to take a 15 minute break from driving.

 

To help avoid distractions while you are driving, make sure your seat is comfortable. If it is not, consider replacing it with custom truck seats, seat covers, or seat cushions from Suburban Seats by calling 844-SAS-SEAT (844-727-7328) today.

 

Truck Seat Covers

Tips for Eating Healthy While on the Road

Being on the road can make it challenging to eat healthfully all of the time. Those fast food burgers, pizzas, and tacos are quick and convenient. However, they can make you feel tired, bloated, and lackluster, and drain your energy. The last thing you need is to feel tired or not have plenty of energy while you are concentrating on driving on the road.

 

Invest in a cooler or small refrigerator for your truck. You can pack low-fat white cheeses, yogurt, fresh fruit and vegetables, and other such healthy snacks in your cooler and refrigerator. Lean lunch meats are also good choices to pack and allow you to make your own sandwiches instead of eating greasy burgers from fast food joints.

 

Eating Healthy

 

Try to eat more often throughout the day instead of one or two big meals. Your body will respond better when it is getting smaller portions more often during the day. Start your day off with a big breakfast, with plenty of protein. After breakfast, make a point to eat small snacks every two hours, like four ounces of peanuts, two ounces of pretzels, a half a cup of fresh fruit or vegetables, and so on.

 

Make dinner a smaller meal than lunch. For instance, if you stop at a buffet, and it has a carving station, get meat from here and avoid fried foods. Round out the meal with fresh vegetables and a salad. Eating a higher protein lunch will keep you fuller, so when dinner rolls around you will not feel as hungry and can eat a smaller meal.

 

The next time you pull into a truck stop, gas station, or other area, take the time to weigh your options and start making healthier choices for better meals while you are on the road. You would be surprised by the number of healthy choices you can find, like whole grain cereals, yogurt, vegetable juices, bags of fresh fruits and vegetables, bananas, and trail mix.

 

If your truck seat is wearing out, consider replacing it with a replacement seat from Suburban Seats. We offer a variety of seats, cushions, and other items to keep you comfortable while on the road. Call 844-SAS-SEAT (844-727-7328) now for more information.

 

Truck Seat