Monthly Archives: October 2016

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.