Monthly Archives: October 2018

Why Every Truck Driver and Fleet Managers Should Have a RoadWatch Sensor

One of the latest advancements in new trucking technology is the use of a RoadWatch sensor by truck drivers and fleet managers. RoadWatch is designed to provide temperature detection, but it is much more than your typical thermometer. A RoadWatch Tracker System is designed to provide two vital services truck drivers and fleet managers can utilize.


  1. When installed on commercial trucks, buses, and other such vehicles, the RoadWatch Tracker System improves vehicle travel safety. The sensor takes measurements of real-time air and road temperatures. These can be used to help determine when there could be potentially dangerous driving conditions.
  2. When used on road management snow removal and salt/sand application trucks, the RoadWatch Tracker System helps provide more accurate and efficient removal and application processes. In addition, the system can be used at other times of the year, like when repainting lines on roadways.


truck trailer on raining road


Aside from these two vital services, the RoadWatch Tracker System also offers the following benefits:


  • Vehicle Location in Real-Time
  • Vehicle MPH
  • Vehicle Stop and Idle Times
  • Real-Time Road Conditions
  • Can Operate as a Standalone Device or Integrated with Other Vehicle Controls
  • Can Be Used to Determine the Most Efficient and Fastest Routes to Take
  • Fleet Manages Have Access to Data with View Tools Like ArcGIS or Google Earth
  • Bluetooth Connectivity for Easy Installation
  • Can Be Easily Moved from One Truck to Another
  • Can Be Used to Obtain Complete Spreader Information on Salt/Sand Trucks

  • Improves Salt/Sand Spreading Efficiencies
  • Color-Coded Road Temperatures
  • Color-Coded Paths/Routes
  • Low-Cost “Smart Device” Solution


RoadWatch uses very precise infrared (IR) energy being radiated by the road. Using the IR data provided by the sensor, the system converts this into an easy to understand road surface temperature reading, which is constantly updated.


road watch tracker


With winter and inclement weather right around the corner, now is the time to get the RoadWatch Tracking System and Sensors, whether you are a truck driver or a fleet manager. For further information about RoadWatch or to order your system, please feel free to contact Suburban Seating & Safety at 1-844-SAS-SEAT or (844-727-7328) today!


Assemble a Vehicle Emergency Kit for Your Next Truck Route

lady trucker at her blue 18 wheeler


There’s an ever-growing list of things every trucker needs. From comfortable custom truck seats to a reliable GPS system, there are all sorts of items that truckers should have in their cabs on a daily basis to make life on the road as comfortable and efficient as possible.


One thing that many fleet drivers and commercial truck drivers forget about is a vehicle emergency kit. Spending hours upon hours on the road each day poses all sorts of risks. While emergencies are often outside of our own control, there are items you can have handy to ensure you have a safe drive each day.


Keep reading to learn about the importance of fleet safety, along with the must-have items you’ll want to have access to when on the road.


Must-Have Items for Truckers

Being prepared is all part of being a trucker. In today’s world, there are all sorts of accessories that are worth having in commercial truck safety kits. To start, be sure you have mobile accessories, to include a dash mount, a phone charger, and a universal mobile backup battery for your phone. A dash mount will allow you to stay focused on the road, while a charger and backup battery will ensure you’re always connected.


Aside from staying connected, comfort is also important. The more comfortable you are, the less distracted you’ll be. Supportive truck seats are a must to minimize the risk of neck and back pain. A comfortable seat cushion may also help to make long routes more bearable.


Other items that you’ll want to have accessible when you’re on the road include:


  • Bungee cords
  • Backup camera
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Bad weather gear
  • Extra personal items (shampoo, blanket, etc.)

By being prepared for each trip, you can ensure that you’re ready for any emergency or incident that you may face along a route.


generic semi trucks at a parking lot


Choose Suburban Seating & Safety for All of Your Fleet Truck Safety Needs

Our team at Suburban Seating & Safety knows just how tiring and dangerous life on the road can be. This is why we offer a dedicated inventory of products that are designed to make trucks and drivers safer on every truck route. With our products, including custom truck seats, replacement truck seats, seat belts, and much more, you can count on us to be your go-to for anything related to fleet truck safety.


Don’t go another day without the items you need in your vehicle emergency kit. Browse our online inventory or call us at 844-727-7328 to place your order.


How Air-Conditioned Seats Work

Air-conditioned seats are a standard feature in many cars and trucks. Whether you’re a leisurely driver stuck in traffic in the summer or a trucker on a long haul, you may wonder how the AC can come from your seats yet appreciate the luxury. Cooling truck seats are an energy-efficient alternative to traditional air conditioning.


Many of the custom truck seats from Suburban Seating & Safety include ventilation and heating. One advantage is they confine cooled air to where the driver or passenger is sitting. Since the seat doesn’t cool the entire interior, less energy is used. At the same time, occupants can each adjust the air conditioning to their needs.


truck interior and seating position


The Inner Workings of Air Conditioned Seating

Air-conditioned seats feature built-in fans that circulate air to keep your body cool. Once in motion, the air is blown through a diffusion layer under the seat fabric. The cooling effect then spreads upward to the surface, so occupants get a maximum effect from the cab’s AC cooling or heating system.


Cooled replacement truck seats have a porous covering that enables your body’s own cooling system to be more effective when you’re sitting down.


Modern air-conditioned seats use a single system to heat and cool. Changes in temperature occur through the foam cushion and perforated leather, in response to actuation of a switch and CPU control. Each type of seat cushion supplied by Suburban Seating & Safety has a fan and diffuser system to make long-haul trips more comfortable.


The truck’s AC system still cools the cab. Then the seat’s built-in fan circulates cool air through the cushions, which helps keep a driver or passenger cool.


truck driver on the highway


Premium Cooling Truck Seats from Suburban Seating & Safety

Our options include the Admiral CT seat with the ComfortTEK ventilation and heat system, which circulates air through the back of the seat and the cushion. The Sears Atlas II LE seat has a cushion ventilation, heating, and cooling system. Other products we offer include Bostrom Wide Ride + Serta, ISRI 5030/880 Premium, and Knoedler seats. For more information on these and other products in our diverse truck seats catalog, contact Suburban Seating and Safety today.