Monthly Archives: March 2019

Four Tips for Truckers Driving in Hard Rain

Driving long distances can be demanding, but driving long distances in hard rain is even more demanding. According to a study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, rain and wet pavement account for 25% of automobile accidents. That’s why we put compiled this list of four driving in the rain safety tips.

 

Slow Down and Look Around

The first safety tip while driving in the rain is to slow down. One of the biggest risks to semis driving in the rain is hydroplaning, which occurs when a layer of water builds up between the wheels of your truck and the highway, causing the vehicle to slide out of control. One of the best ways to ensure a truck doesn’t hydroplane is to reduce your speed.

 

Next, make sure you have good visibility.

 

  • Make sure you have the best truck windshield wipers mounted on your vehicle and keep your windshield free of streaks and other distractions.
  • Adjust your truck seat to ensure you have the best view of the highway.
  • Remember that even the best semi-truck seats still need to be readjusted regularly to make sure they give you an optimal view of the road.

 

driving in the rain water on windshield

 

Give Drivers More Space and Control a Skid

Even if you’re used to giving other cars a lot of space, make sure you give them even more space during a rainstorm. Semi-trucks take longer to stop than smaller vehicles, so giving other vehicles more space means you’re reducing the risk of rear-ending another car.

 

Finally, know what to do if you start skidding on the road. If your truck starts to skid, the first thing you need to do is not panic and focus on your training instead. Avoid slamming on the brakes, but steer the truck in the direction you want it to go

 

Remember that the more control you can keep over the truck, the less severe a potential accident will be.

 

trailer truck passing on road near rail guard

 

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If you’re looking for truck accessories, including the best truck windshield wipers and the best semi-truck tire accessories, visit Suburban Seating & Safety. This family-owned company was formed in 1947 and has consistently provided top-quality supplies for truckers and the truck industry since.

 

To learn more about the company and its wide line of products from respected manufacturers, call 1-844-SAS-SEAT or contact them on their website.

 

Six Tips for Your Pre-Trip Inspection

Pre-trip inspections ensure your vehicle is safe for the road, reducing risk to you, your truckload, and other motorists on the highway. If an accident occurs or if you’re stopped by police, you’ll want to make sure all your ducks are in a row to avoid potential liability or penalties. The best semi-truck seats on the market might keep you safe and protected on long trips, but they don’t cover all your compliance and safety needs.

 

Truck accessories

 

Preparation can ensure your inspection goes off without a hitch and that you can hit the road as soon as possible. When preparing your vehicle for a pre-trip inspection, make sure you have all of the bases covered.

  • Start with your wheels– Chock your wheels to keep them steady and prevent them from moving as you inspect them. Check the lug nuts and tighten them if necessary. Next, check the condition of your tires to ensure they’re acceptable. If there is uneven and/or excessive wear, address it right away. Steering tires should have a minimum tread depth of 4/32”. Check for nails in the treads or abrasions, bulges, or cuts in the side wall, and make sure the 5th wheel is coupled to the trailer.
  • Test the Brakes – A brake check is an essential part of an 18-wheeler pre-trip inspection. Check that the parking brake engages properly, and then test the brake pedal by moving five feet forward; then stop with the vehicle in gear and motor off. Conduct an applied test to check for pressure leaks and if the buzzer and warning light activate when air pressure drops below 60 psi. Pump emergency and spring brakes down to 40 psi and raise idle and air pressure; the governor should kick in at 120-140 psi.
  • Pop the hood– Your engine should be on the pre-trip inspection list. Much of what can go wrong during an inspection involves what’s under the hood. Get in there and make sure everything is in good order. Check oil and coolant fluid levels. Every driver pre-trip inspection must include a look for:
    • Oil, coolant, fuel, and power steering fluid leaks.
    • The radiator, power steering fluid, and oil filler dip sticks are properly seated.
    • Leaks on the engine block and damaged hoses or fan belts.
    • Missing pieces on fan blades.
    • Exposed, bare wires or misconnections.
    • Low windshield wiper fluid levels.
    • Lubrication of shock absorbers, ball joints, and king pins.
    • Loose caps and covers; if so, tighten them.
  • Make sure your paperwork is in order – Paperwork hassles are the worst. Before your pre-trip inspection, be sure that you have all the necessary documentation. Organize your binders and keep them in a safe, clean place where you’ll remember they are in case you need them quickly.

 

Truck-parts

 

  • Check your lights and reflectors– Defective reflectors and lights can get you a ticket, and they could possibly contribute to an accident. Big trucks need to be visible, especially at night, to avoid getting into accidents. As part of your pre-trip ritual, check all lights and reflectors and make sure they’re in top shape.

During this part of the inspection, turn on your marker lights and headlights and do a walk-around, checking the front, rear, and both sides of the truck. Check the rear and sides of the trailer as well. With the help of your examiner, check the function of brake lights, left/right turn signals, four-way flashers, and high/low beams.

  • Be methodical– Going step by step in your inspection may cost time now, but it can help you avoid greater delays later caused by accidents, equipment failures, or getting stopped by the police. A few extra minutes at the start of a trip can shave hours off its end.

Suburban Seating & Safety is a family-owned aftermarket auto seats and truck accessory company. In business since 1947, Suburban Seating & Safety has built a reputation for offering a wide selection of replacement truck seats and accessories from top manufacturers and ensuring customers’ specific needs are met. To learn more, call 1-844-SAS-SEAT.

 

Why You Need Replacement Truck Seats After an Accident

Being involved in a semi-truck accident can be very stressful and unnerving. Regardless of who was at fault, the extent of damages can range from a minor “fender bender” to major damages that keep you off the road for several weeks until your truck is repaired.

 

While you will certainly be concerned about the damage to your semi-truck and its major operating components—engine, brakes, transmission, etc.—one thing often overlooked after an accident is whether you need replacement truck seats.

 

the truck lies in a ditch after the road accident

 

The impacts from a crash not only damage the exterior of your truck but can also send vibrations throughout the entire cabin. The extent of these vibrations from impacts could damage your truck seats so they are no longer safe. To help determine if truck seat replacement is needed, ask yourself the following:

 

  • Did your airbags deploy?
  • Was the truck undrivable after the accident?
  • Did you sustain any serious injuries?
  • Were doors to the cabin damaged?
  • Is there any visible damage to the seats?

If you answered yes to one or more of these, then you should include replacement truck seats as part of your repairs to your semi-truck.

 

Insurance May Cover the Costs of Replacement Truck Seats

You will want to include the costs for new seats in your repair estimate. Most insurance policies will cover the costs of new seats as long as they have been verified by the repair shop to be damaged. When choosing a new truck seat, you want to select one that is comparable or better than the one you currently had.

 

Semi Truck Driver Showing Thumb Up.

 

Never Buy Used Air Ride Truck Seats

While it can be tempting to save a little money and buy used air ride truck seats, don’t. The problem with used seats is you do not know their accident history or have any guarantee that the seats will meet safety standards in the event of another accident. If you need to replace the truck seats in your semi after an accident, you want to get the best semi-truck seats possible by purchasing new.

 

For assistance in finding the best semi-truck seats for your truck, please feel free to contact Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) today!

 

Truck Industry Trends for 2019: 7 Trends to Keep an Eye On

Trucking industry trends include a wide range of topics from driver demand to advances in technologies. As we are just into 2019, now is a good time to find out what industry experts are anticipating will be some of the top trends for this year.

 

1. Plenty of Jobs

Driver shortages have started to occur in recent years. The shortages have come about as older drivers retire and there are fewer younger drivers entering this career field. As a result, the demand for drivers continues to be high.

 

2. Higher Wages

With job shortages, current drivers could notice an increase in their wages as their employers take steps to prevent them from leaving the industry. Higher wages could also help attract more drivers to fill job openings.

 

Modern cargo trunk truck, electric car

 

3. ELDs Now Standard

ELDs (electronic logging devices) are not going away. In fact, if you were previously grandfathered by AOBRDs (automatic onboard recording devices), you have until the end of the year to upgrade to ELDs.

 

4. More Comfortable Seats for Truck Drivers

Expect existing fleets to continue to upgrade to more comfortable seats for truck drivers like heated and ventilated seats. Having better seats helps truck drivers remain more alert and operate their trucks safer.

 

5. Increased Use in Voice-Activated Driving Assistants

From getting directions to turning headlights and wipers on and off, the use of voice-activated driving assistants in truck cabs will continue to increase. By using voice commands to take care of specific functions, drivers can keep their focus on the road.

 

6. Improved Advanced Safety Features

Expect to see many of the latest advanced safety features to continue to be adopted into new truck technology systems, from blind spot monitoring to cross traffic alerts and forward crash prevention. Some of these features will even be able to be added to existing fleets, thanks to aftermarket upgrades.

 

Black truck stopped on highway by automatic braking system

 

6. Advances in Hybrid/Electric Trucks

Truck manufacturers will continue to make strides in battery- and solar-powered trucks. Demand for hybrid/electric trucks will continue to grow in highly congested and larger cities for local use.

 

For access to the latest high-quality and comfortable truck seats, aftermarket accessory upgrades, and other items for your truck, please feel free to shop Suburban Seating & Safety’s online store or contact us at 844.SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) today!