Monthly Archives: June 2018

Safety Tips for Ferry Passengers

Seating on ferry boats has gotten more comfortable. There are many options, including boat air ride seats from Suburban Seating & Safety, a leading distributor of aftermarket truck, auto, and other seating. Aside from new and replacement seats, safety is a major concern. Some of the most important safety tips for ferry passengers include:


Before Boarding


  • Make sure your car is locked and valuables are hidden.
  • Give yourself enough time to board prior to departure.
  • Refrain from climbing over railings or other barriers.
  • Don’t board the ferry on a bike, skateboard, or rollerblades.
  • Don’t touch, move, or manipulate ramps or walkways.
  • At night, stay in well-lit areas and within sight of incoming ferries.
  • Don’t allow children to play on the dock.


boat air ride seats


Safety While on the Dock


People typically disembark before you can board. Allow them room to leave before the deckhand gives the signal to board. Gangways can be dangerous if you’re not careful. Therefore, always hold the handrail, keep an eye on your footing, and stay off your mobile phone while boarding.


Also, give careful attention to the elderly and individuals accompanied by caregivers or who use mobility aids. Let them go in front so they have room to board. This also gives them time to do so safely.


When Aboard the Vessel


Rushing to a vessel and carelessness on the dock can lead to serious injuries or even falling overboard. Once you find your seat:


  • Keep luggage out of the way and ask for help stowing large items.
  • Note where the exits and lifejackets are located.
  • Hold on to a bicycle or secure it to a bike rack.
  • Don’t lean out the window.
  • Refrain from standing on top of seats.
  • Don’t sit children on your shoulders or rails.
  • Don’t sit on the boat’s edge or on the bow.
  • Stay seated, as ferries are prone to sudden movements with the water.


safety belts


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We supply floor- and wall-mounted models from leading brands for passengers and pilots, in addition to our line of automobile replacement seats. You’ll find single- and double-models, including boat air ride seats and jump seats. Continue on our site to purchase products, review testimonials, or get more information (by submitting our contact form). For personalized assistance, call Suburban Seating & Safety toll-free at (844) 727-7328.


Why States Require a Special License to Become a Truck Driver

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required to become a truck driver. This federal requirement applies to vehicles built to transport nine or more passengers and that weigh 10,001 pounds or more.1 These have operational and physical demands, unlike other motor vehicles, regardless of, for example, the types of semi-truck seats used. Although the federal government maintains specific requirements, states issue their own licenses.


White Semi truck on bridgeWhite Semi truck on bridge


In 1986, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act was passed. Drivers could no longer have CDLs in multiple states, which could be used to hide bad driving records. Truck drivers must meet CDL license requirements, including passing written and knowledge exams, skill and road CDL license tests, and physical qualifications.


Obtaining a CDL at the State Level


Before 1986, the requirements varied from one state to the other. Thus, some truck drivers were not properly trained or qualified. The federal requirement covers all states and includes three classes.




Finding quality semi-truck seats for sale isn’t the only priority for drivers There are three main licensure classes, including:


  • Class A: To drive trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more and a towing capacity exceeding 10,000 pounds.
  • Class B: For those driving vehicles rated at 26,001 pounds or more that don’t tow vehicles over 10,000 pounds.
  • Class C: For operators of vehicles, or combinations thereof, with a capacity for 16 or more passengers or for drivers of small hazardous materials vehicles.


Variations by State


There are slight differences among states. A CDL holder in New York can operate school buses, while anyone in California employed to drive must have a CDL (regardless of whether it’s a commercial vehicle). New Jersey law specifies anyone who operates a bus, van, or limousine must have a commercial license. See the Trucker Country website for more CDL requirements by state.


fat man driving truck


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What Types of Vehicles Have Jump Seats?

There are all sorts of vehicles where jump seats may be found and used. This type of seat is different from traditional bench-style or captain-style seating found in cars, trucks, RVs, buses, boats, or trains. Rather, it is a folding seat that can be opened and closed to create a seat for someone to sit, or to provide extra storage and cargo space.


A Brief History of the Jump Seat


The term “jump seat” was used prior to the invention of the automobile. The word can be traced back to the mid-1800s when people were using horse-drawn carriages for transportation. The jump seat was an important part of carriage designs.


Stage Coach on Highway

A stage coach travels a lonely road in Outback Australia with dog riding on the back.


The primary use was when people traveled and wanted to bring along household staff. Since they were considered staff, they were not allowed to ride in the carriage with their employer. Instead, they had to sit in the jump seat on the rear of the carriage, so they could easily be available to open and close the carriage door and assist their employer in and out of the carriage.


When automobiles were first invented, they were considered a luxury. The jump seat found its ways into automobile designs for the same reasons as carriages. Even after affordable vehicles came along, the jump seat continued to live on.


Today, you will still find jump seats in semi-trucks, buses, minivans, crossovers, RVs, boats, trains, and other such vehicles where extra seating may be occasionally required. For instance, on commercial buses, boats, and trains, jump seats are typically used in locations that can quickly be converted into wheelchair seating for passengers.


Wheelchair symbol in public transport

Wheelchair symbol in public transport


Choosing the Right Jump Seat

When selecting a jump seat for your type of vehicle, you need to make sure it satisfies federal safety standards. For example, certain vehicles will require any jump seat to provide a seatbelt for the occupant. You will also want to make sure the overall dimensions of the seat will fit easily into the vehicle.


Please feel free to contact Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) for further help and assistance in finding the right jump seat for your vehicle today!


Improve Backup Safety with Backup Cameras and Alarms for Trucks and Buses

When you were learning how to drive a semi-truck or commercial bus, you were probably taught how to use your side mirrors to perform backup maneuvers. While this method of backing up is an important one to develop to avoid accidents, there are newer technologies you should also consider using, like backup cameras and alarms.


Backup Camera System for Commercial Trucks

CCTV car camera for safety on the road accident. Safety concept.


Backup cameras can make it easier to see in blind spots and areas directly behind the truck or bus that are normally obscured and not seen in the side mirrors. You can quickly tell if there are people, children, or other equipment or vehicles directly behind where you want to back up. Some newer models may even provide a warning if they detect movement of an approaching vehicle, person, or object.


Alarms are another way for you to alert others you are backing up. This warning can help prevent vehicles and people from getting behind the semi-truck or bus. Alarm devices typically emit a loud constant beeping sound while the vehicle is in reverse.


Why You Should Not Rely Solely on Technology for Backing Up


One mistake people can make is to discard other safe driving habits and rely solely on newer technologies. Even though backup cameras do give you a good idea what is behind your truck or bus, they do not always “see” everything.


This is why it is important for you to still check your blind spots and use your side mirrors, too. If you are backing up into an area with high vehicle or people traffic, consider using a spotter to help navigate and back up safely. Sometimes, you or your spotter might notice something you would not see if you just used the backup camera.


Female Bus Driver


  • Safety Tip: Consider installing multiple cameras on the semi-truck or bus. Install cameras on the back and sides so you can “see” easier all the way around the bus or truck.


By using the backup skills you learned in truck or bus driving school, along with backup cameras, alarms, and other technologies, you can reduce the risks of accidents. For help selecting backup cameras, alarms, or other safety accessories for trucks and buses, please feel free to contact Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) today!