Monthly Archives: May 2018

When Daily Driving Causes Back Pain: Here’s How to Heal

Professional truck drivers face many physical challenges. Reaching, twisting, turning, and sitting for extended periods of time can wreak havoc with the spine. These necessary physical efforts are made worse by uncomfortable worn-out seating.

 

Road vibration, bouncing, and jolting motions are constantly being absorbed by the vertebrae and the fluid-filled structures between them. Professional-grade, fully adjustable custom truck seats with a solid suspension system built in can make all the difference.

 

common back problems for truck drivers

 

Common Back Problems Truck Drivers Develop

 

The stresses on the skeletal system associated with truck driving cause an increased chance of:

 

  • Spinal problems like slipped discs and spinal compression
  • Reduction of cushioning fluid between the vertebrae
  • Limited or painful mobility
  • Chronic neck pain and headaches
  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Associated muscle spasms
  • Nerve pain such as sciatica

 

Is Your Truck Seat Properly Adjusted?

 

Adjusting your driving position in existing and replacement seats can relieve some of the most common back problems for truck drivers.

 

Check for these signs of perfect adjustment:

 

  • Thighs are fully supported to a comfortable point behind the knee.
  • Feet can reach the pedals easily, without sliding forward or arching the neck.
  • Arms are bent comfortably when holding the steering wheel at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock positions.

 

The lower back meets with lumbar support at belt height.

 

transport truck between the mountains

 

Support Your Spine and Find Your Seat

 

If your existing truck seat cannot be adjusted to meet these ergonomic requirements, it is your spine that takes up the stress and shock instead of the suspension of the truck seat. Truck replacement seats are available that provide adjustable lumbar support and the right depth, height, and angle to support your spine and relieve your chronic backache or truck driver leg pain.

 

Your bad back might really be originating from that old truck seat. Check out the latest options in adjustable and back-cradling custom truck seats at Suburban Seating & Safety. We have replacement seats for all makes and models, including automobile replacement seats, so don’t let back pain become your normal when driving in comfort is just a click away!

 

Why Seatbelts Should Be Worn Even When You Are a Passenger

Whether you drive a truck as a team with another person or are a passenger on a bus, you should always wear your seatbelt. There have been countless studies and research projects conducted that have demonstrated how seatbelts can save lives.

 

important to wear your seatbelt

 

This is just one of the many reasons why it is important to wear your seatbelt. Other reasons you will want to buckle up include:

 

  • Prevents you from becoming a flying human projectile. Without your seatbelt on, you can go flying out of the seat.
  • Keeps you in your seat in the event of a crash or rollover. The seatbelt prevents you from slamming your head and body into the dashboard or windshield.
  • Protects you from secondary injuries during an accident. Serious injuries are often the result of secondary injuries sustained after being ejected from the seat.
  • Ensures the airbag safety system protects you. The airbag system in vehicles is designed to provide crash protection, but you have to be wearing your seatbelt. Otherwise, they could do more harm than good.
  • Wearing a seatbelt is the law. All states have seatbelt laws requiring the driver and passengers to wear them. If you don’t, and the driver is stopped for another traffic violation, the law enforcement officer could issue a ticket.

 

Wearing a Seatbelt Even You Passenger

 

Crash Injury and Death Statistics

 

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), in 2015, there were a total of 22,441 passengers who died because they were not wearing their seatbelts. That same year, there were more than 2.5 million passengers and drivers treated in hospital emergency rooms after being injured in a vehicle accident due to non-seatbelt usage.1

 

The easiest way to prevent deaths and injuries while driving or riding as a passenger is to remember to always put on your seatbelt. For assistance in selecting custom truck seats with seatbelts for your truck, bus, or any other commercial vehicle, please feel free to contact Suburban Seating & Safety at 1-844-SAS-SEAT today!

 

Source:

 

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/seatbelts/facts.html

How Truck Replacement Seats Make Every Mile Better

The seat of your truck is more than a chair and, with the long hours you spend driving, your comfort promotes safety. There’s nothing worse than dealing with back or neck pain with hundreds of miles still left before you reach your destination. A low-quality truck seat can also lead to increased sweat and fatigue from driving in the heat. This can directly affect your ability to make the miles needed to deliver a load on time. With climate control seats featuring air conditioning, you can drive longer and feel better this summer.

 

climate control truck seats

 

Here’s why OTR drivers should look into custom truck seats with climate control.

The Benefits of Air Conditioned Truck Seats

  • Saving Fuel While Staying Cool. Air-conditioned truck seats direct their cooling power where you need it most, such as your neck, back, and other areas that are prone to sweating. With an air-conditioned truck seat, you can be surrounded in cool air and lessen the need for refrigerating the whole cab. This means less money spent on fuel, which means less time at the pump and more time on the open road.
  • Improving Safety by Eliminating Distractions. Trickles of sweat are distracting, as is back pain. From adjusting the cab air-condition to stretching your back to minimize the pain, driving distracted while behind the wheel of a large truck is dangerous. To eliminate distractions, a custom truck seat is a must. High-quality custom truck seats provide excellent lumbar support, reducing the aches that come with a long haul. Experiencing less pain and discomfort means more attention to focused driving. There are also air-conditioned seats to keep you cool in the summer and heated seats to keep you cozy during the colder months. With these seats, your eyes and hands can remain focused on driving instead of on the knobs to adjust the cab’s temperature.
  • Driving Longer in Complete Comfort. Some hot summer days on the road make the hard work of operating a heavy truck more exhausting by a bouncy, sticky, hot truck seat. Suburban Seating & Safety replacement seats have the latest in high-tech cooling fabric and internal climate control options available to keep you in your seat longer.

 

hot summer road

 

Keeping Cool in the Cab

 

The best climate control seats start with luxury automotive seat detailing, ergonomic design, and a solid professional grade construction to stand up to long days behind the wheel. Because you spend hours in truck seats throughout the day, it’s important to purchase one that is made with durable material that’s strong and also easy to clean. Adding direct heating and cooling capabilities will be the final touch to guarantee that you can be your best behind the wheel for as long as possible. The more comfortable you are, the safer of a driver you are. Aches, pains, and uncomfortable temperatures can leave you irritated and distracted. With a quality climate control seat, you can easily adjust your support and temperature, ensuring the perfect drive each time.

 

You don’t have to spend another summer in that old bouncy seat, still hot even with the air conditioner going full blast. You also don’t have to go another winter sitting on an ice cold seat and having to blast the heat, causing you to sweat and be uncomfortable. Instead, you can outfit your truck with a new seat that is supportive, comfortable, and entirely controllable. Modern climate controlled seats are taking the auto industry by storm as a luxury option, but they should be standard equipment for professional drivers.

 

Choose Suburban Seating & Safety for Your Custom Truck Seats

 

If you are looking for replacement seats for trucks, look no further than Suburban Seating & Safety. As an industry leader in professional truck and automobile replacement seats, we have a wide selection sure to contain the perfect choice for your rig.

 

From air-conditioned seats to heated seats, you can count on us to have the best semi-truck seat that will make your drive time as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Call our team today at 1-844-727-7328 to get started on your order.

 

 

ROAD RAGE! How Truck Drivers Can Let Go of Road Rage and Stay Calm

Experienced and veteran truck drivers know how to let go of road rage and stay calm, even when they have to deal with someone else’s bad driving. If you feel yourself getting upset or angry because someone cut in front of your truck too closely or made an obscene gesture because you were driving a little under the speed limit, here are some tips and tricks you can use:

 

  1. Make sure you are comfortable. Having custom truck seats makes it easier to remain calm while driving. You are able to keep your focus on the road and not be as easily angered by other drivers.

 

truck driver stay calm while driving

 

  1. Driver slower than the posted speed limit. Going two to three mile per hour slower than the rest of traffic can help avoid road rage. Most offensive drivers will zip right on by you, so you will not have to worry about them.
  2. You are not losing money. There is no reason to stress because traffic isn’t moving as fast as you want it to. Most drivers are paid by the mile. If you take a little longer to get to where you need to go, you are still making the same amount.
  3. Drive with lowered expectations. What this means is to be prepared for bad drivers, traffic, and other such issues you will encounter. Think about how you are going to react to each situation in a positive manner, so, when it happens, you already know what to do.

 

road rage traffic sign

 

By using these tips to deal with road rage, you will become a better truck driver. For your own custom seats for your truck, please feel free to contact Suburban Seating & Safety at 1-844-SAS-SEAT today!

 

Hot Highway Habits: Professional Truck Drivers Tips for Summer

As a professional driver, you know that safety concerns vary by season. With the right seats for trucks, safety products, and truck interior accessories, you can take the heat out of summer driving and avoid the potholes along the way.

 

Hot Highway

 

Top Tips for Summer Hauling

 

  • Check Your Rig

The inspection walk-around is even more important in the summer. Tires lose pressure more easily and are softer from the heat. Cooling systems are under greater pressure. Do a check at every stop and keep doors locked to prevent curious children from getting trapped inside or hitching a ride.

 

  • Sit Comfortably

The right truck seat and safety belt harness will work together to keep you comfortable on a long hot drive. Your belt should fit down over your hips with the shoulder belt on your shoulder, not across your neck. Consider replacing the safety harness if it can’t be adjusted to fit properly.

 

  • Keep Your Cool

It’s no secret that the heat causes irritability. Keeping your own head cool and professional will help you deal with the aggressive driving and short tempers around you. Keeping your seat cool can make a real difference – consider replacing a hot vinyl seat with a professional model with cooling technology, like the ComforTEK ventilation system in the National Admiral CT truck seat.

 

  • Keep Your Eye on the Little Guys

Summer brings motorcycles, bicycles, RVs, and pedestrians. Be aware when changing lanes and backing up of the increased odds of a pedestrian or vehicle being in the way. Do what you can to help them anticipate your moves with signals and sound alerts.

 

long cycle highway runs

 

  • Don’t Overwork Your A/C

 

Hot temps in the truck cab can make your job miserable in the summer, but the air conditioner uses so much fuel and adds to the stress on the cooling systems. Again, one of the best ways to beat the heat is to replace your worn-out seat with one with proper ventilation from Suburban Seats.

 

With advanced features all the way around, the National Admiral CT is incredibly comfortable, and we’ve added the ComforTEK ventilation system to keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. When driving is your profession, your seat should be professional grade. Check out the options today!