Monthly Archives: December 2016

Lifesaving Items Every Truck Should Have in Their Truck

Whether you own your own rig or drive one provided by your employer, there are several essential items you need to make sure you have available at all times, especially should an emergency arise.

Lifesaving Items Every Truck

  • First Aid Kit
  • Flares and Road Side Reflectors
  • Several Sets of Gloves
  • Rain and Snow Gear
  • Tool Kit
  • Knife
  • Flashlight
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Camping Shovel
  • Small Axe
  • Bottled Water
  • Canned and Dry Foods
  • External Smartphone Chargers
  • Extra Blankets

In addition to these items, you can increase your comfort with a variety of truck interior accessories to make traveling on the road easier and more enjoyable, including:

  • New Semi Truck Seat – Helps prevent back and shoulder pain and provides better comfort while driving.
  • Portable Refrigerator – Store perishable items you can buy at the grocery store for less than truck stops.
  • Slow Cooker – Cook your own meals and save on your food costs.
  • Flip Flops/Shower Shoes – Protect your feet while showering at truck stops.
  • Bathroom/Hygiene Products – A must-have so you can always look your best.
  • Emergency Toilet and Toilet Paper – You never know when you might have to go now, and a rest stop may not be nearby.
  • Paper Towels – For easy cleanups and accidental spills.
  • Truck Mattress – Helps you get a decent night’s rest.
  • Extra Pillows – Provides back support and added comfort.
  • Electric Blanket – Stay warm on colder nights without having to crank up the heat in the cab.
  • Portable TV – Enjoy in-cab entertainment options or watch the local news.
  • Blu-ray Player – Watch movies during your down time.
  • Game Console – Play games alone or online with your family and friends.
  • Satellite Dish – Never miss your favorite shows while on the road.
  • Tablet or Laptop Computer – Play games, send and read emails, and Skype with your family.
  • Ear Plugs – Helps block out noise so you can sleep soundly.
  • Sunglasses – Great for those bright sunny days to make it easier to see the road.
  • Tire Monitoring System – Helps monitor the tires’ pressure and temperature to avoid blowouts.

For assistance in selecting a new replacement truck seat, truck accessories, or other items for your truck, call Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (1-844-727-7328) today!

Semi-Truck Seats

Truck Safety: Winter Season Driving Considerations

Wintertime driving requires using your entire wheelhouse of driving skills and abilities. You need to make sure you are fully rested and alert before heading out. If you are sluggish, feel tired, or did not get sufficient rest, you may want to consider sleeping in a little longer and hitting the road later when you will be able to concentrate on driving, the road conditions, and other vehicles around you.

 

Winter Season Driving

 

Before pulling out, take the time to do an inspection of your truck and trailer. Clear away any snow or ice from headlights, tail lights, mirrors, and windows. You should also brush off any snow on the hood of the truck, as this will prevent it from blowing up and into your line of vision as you start driving.

 

During your pre-check make sure your tires are properly inflated and the load is correctly balanced. In addition, make sure your mirrors are angled correctly, the truck seat is in the proper position to reach the pedals, and you have extra food and water, should you get stuck or stranded.

 

Once out on the road, monitor weather reports and road conditions on a regular basis. You will want to have a Roadwatch Bullet Temperature Safety System installed, since this device monitors outdoor and road surface temperatures with fast alerts, as conditions can change unexpectedly in certain areas of the country. To ensure you arrive safely, slow down and increase the following distances between other trucks and vehicles on the road.

 

Truck Safety

 

In wet, snowy, and icy conditions, the amount of time it takes to stop is increased and could require two to three times more distance than under dry road conditions. If you are driving on asphalt roads, be aware of the potential for black ice. This type of ice is difficult to see and could easily be mistaken for wet roads.

 

Last, do not be afraid to stop and get off the road if winds get too high, “white-outs” make it impossible to see, rain is freezing onto the roads as ice, or snow is accumulating quickly making roads impassable.

 

Suburban Seating & Safety wants you to be safe when out on the road, and we offer a variety of items you can use to maintain and operate your truck safely. Please feel to contact us at (844) SAS.SEAT (1-844-727-7328).

 

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.

 

children postcards from santa