Monthly Archives: August 2020

Why Custom Sleeper Trucks Are Making a Comeback

Back in the later 1970s and early 1980s, custom sleeper trucks with extra-large extended cabs were quite trendy. The trend died out as the 90s rolled around, mainly due to the weight of these massive trucks and the challenges of weight restrictions for loads. As the 2000s hit and fuel prices soared, the custom sleeper was essentially dead.

 

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, custom sleeper cabs are making a resurgence. The extra space found in custom sleepers helps truck drivers be pretty much self-sufficient. They can be customized with mini-kitchens, showers, toilets, larger semi-truck mattresses, separate sleeping and sitting areas with elite seats for trucks like recliners, and more.

 

Woman truck driver on the step

 

 

Custom sleepers provide an effective solution for truck drivers who miss the comforts of home and need to be on the road earning money. With no signs of COVID-19 slowing down, and the virus being around for the foreseeable future, truck drivers are considering customized extended cabs to help stay safer and reduce the risks of getting the coronavirus.

 

Unlike the sleeper trucks of the past, advances in truck design have helped to keep their weight in check. Some truck manufacturers are utilizing similar technologies like those found in custom RVs, where the back of the cab can be extended when stopped and retracted for driving.

 

Another option some manufacturers are using in their designs is to create a “studio” sleeper, where the bed is elevated. The space below, where the bed used to be, is used for a mini-kitchen, shower, bathroom, or other such customizations.

 

Big Rig Trucks at the Dock

 

Another reason for the resurgence of customer sleepers is related to the costs of being on the road. Let’s face it. There’s not a whole lot of healthy options for truck drivers when it comes to meals. Not to mention, as we saw when COVID-19 forced closures, there were even more limitations on what meals could be obtained.

 

With a custom mini-kitchen, truck drivers can make and prepare their own meals using fresh food they’ve purchased from a grocery store. The money they used to spend on a single meal can now cover the costs of two, three, or even four meals.

 

Most importantly, custom sleeper trucks can help truckers live more comfortably when on the road while reducing living expenses to increase earnings at a time when the industry is adjusting to new challenges like COVID-19.

 

Whether you have a custom sleeper cab or a traditional cab, you can find semi-truck mattresses and elite seats for trucks online at Suburban Seating & Safety or call us at 844-727-7328 to discuss customization options today!

 

The Dangers of Tailgating Every Truck Drive Should Know

Tailgating is following the vehicle or truck in front of you too closely. It can result in serious accidents because you have less time to react if the driver suddenly slows down or brakes or something else goes wrong causing them to have to stop quickly. This is just one of several dangers of tailgating. Other dangers include:

 

1. You could lose control of your truck.

If you tailgate, you must react quickly to bring the big rig and trailer to a stop. When you lack the space to stop, you only have a few options, none of them ideal. You could try to maneuver around the vehicle or go off onto the shoulder to avoid a crash. Either situation could cause you to lose control of your truck.

 

car after a collision with a heavy truck

 

2. You are trying to get in your hours before you stop.

Sadly, this is the reason some truckers use for tailgating. To avoid this situation, consider driving at night when there is less traffic if possible.

 

3. You may not be able to see what is around the corner.

When driving on curvy roads, it can be hard to see what is around corners because you are focused on the vehicle in front of you and not what is farther down the road. To keep your focus on the entire road and other drivers, back off and put some space in between you and the vehicle in front of you.

 

4. You could overcome a slow-moving vehicle too quickly.

One practice that is related to tailgating is utilizing the increase in speed as you come down a hill or incline. The extra pull downward increases speeds that can quickly close the gap between you and the vehicle in front of you.

 

5. Accidents are more likely to occur in congested traffic.

Tailgating in big cities like Atlanta, Chicago, or Los Angeles may seem necessary, especially in stop and go traffic. However, when traffic starts moving, tailgating is never a good idea, as traffic could suddenly stop again quickly.

 

Intense traffic flow of trucks and cars on a highway.

 

To help you stay focused on your driving and maintain a safe following distance, make sure you have comfortable truck seats. To find the perfect seat with the options you desire, explore the selections online at Suburban Seating & Safety or call us at 844-727-7328 to discuss options for custom truck seats today!