Monthly Archives: September 2016

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).

 

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.

 

replacement seats

 

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 1-844-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

 

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.