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News in the Trucking Industry: Drivers Share Concerns About COVID-19

When the COVID-19 crisis struck, many truck drivers across the country continued to work to deliver essential supplies, groceries, medical supplies, etc. The virus presented several changes in the trucking industry, as well; namely, concerns about truck driver safety, pay, and

necessities.

1. The availability of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

Numerous truck drivers were concerned over access to face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and other PPE to help keep them safe when they could not socially distance during deliveries and pickups.

 

Many communities showed an outpouring of generosity and provided these items, initially, until trucking companies could catch up and provide these resources for their truck drivers.

 

young transporter on the truck with face mask and protective gloves for Coronavirus

 

2. The amount and types of compensation during a pandemic.

Some truck drivers expressed concern over the amount they were being paid, considering they were not “frontline” essential workers. Other truckers wanted the option to defer tuition payments and truck payments. Yet others wanted to be reimbursed for the additional expenses incurred for buying cleaning supplies and PPE.

 

3. The availability of non-essential loads.

Truck drivers that were delivering non-essential materials had concerns over load availability. Some truck drivers had been laid off for a period because of no work. Yet, they were entitled to unemployment compensation. Now that the country is re-opening this is still a major concern, as not all non-essential drivers are back to work yet.

 

4. Access to necessities and comfort items.

With truck drivers being on the road more hours, many had concerns about the access to various items like better, more comfortable truck seats, cooking appliances, better truck mattresses, and so on. Some trucking companies surprised their drivers by providing them with various items or reimbursing them for the costs of certain items.

 

Female truck driver lying on vehicle cabin bed showing thumbs up

 

5. The types of benefits offered by trucking companies.

Many truck drivers don’t have sufficient sick days. They were concerned if they got COVID-19 they wouldn’t be able to work and would not have any sick pay for their families. Fortunately, many companies offered additional paid time off. Some companies even paid their drivers a bonus week of paid time off so they could be at home with their families.

 

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, truck drivers will continue to have concerns about being on the “frontlines” and the risks they will be taking daily.

 

Whether you are an owner-operator or a trucking company, Suburban Seating & Safety is here to help you with access to different types of truck seats, truck accessories, truck mattresses, and more. Please feel free to browse online or contact us at 844-727-7328 today!

Custom Semi-Truck Interiors to Upgrade Your Semi Truck

Truck drivers are spending more time on the road, these days, and more time in their truck cabs. Comfort is essential to make sure you not only are alert when driving but can relax at the end of your day. The best way to do this is by upgrading your truck using custom semi-truck interiors.

 

1. Upgrade to comfortable truck seats.

You spend a lot of time sitting each day. Whether you are driving or kicking back and chatting to your family via video chat, you spend hours in your truck seat. Why not treat yourself and get new comfortable truck seats with features like heating, cooling, and massage?

 

Commodore Truck Seat With Armrest

 

2. Upgrade your truck mattress.

You need to make sure you get plenty of restful sleep. If your mattress feels lumpy and hard or makes your back hurt, you are miserable all day long. Truck mattresses come in a wide range of styles and sizes. You can even find ones with quilted foam, gel memory foam, body temperature regulation, and more.

 

3. Keep the interior neat and tidy.

If you have a bad habit of just tossing food wrappers and other trash where it falls and leaving clothes tossed in back on the bed or floor, it makes the cab seem cluttered. Invest in a trash can for trash. Buy some hooks and hangers to hang up clothes, as well as other such things that make it easy to keep your interior neat.

 

4. Add some accessories and appliances.

Don’t forget to add some of the comforts of home too. You could get a laptop stand that installs next to the passenger truck seat. Some truck drivers even have a TV with satellite TV service, video gaming system, and surround sound stereo system so they can enjoy TV, movies, and video games.

 

You might want to get a mini-refrigerator, single flat-top burner, slow cooker, or other such things. By taking the time to upgrade your truck’s interior using these ideas, you will find that it is easier to be away from home when you have the comforts you want.

 

Truck driver lying on bed in his truck cabin and holding tablet

 

To find truck interior accessories and truck mattresses and to explore different types of truck seats in various styles and customization options, please feel free to browse online or contact Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328 today!

 

Latest News in the Trucking Industry Include CDC Guidance for Truck Drivers

The CDC released guidance for truck drivers that details important things they need to know about COVID-19, the risk of exposure, and how to take the appropriate precautions to reduce these risks. While most truck drivers spend numerous hours inside their cabs, there are times when they still have to have contact with other people, like at truck stops and rest areas, and when making deliveries.

 

It is during these times that truck drivers need to make sure they are doing the right things to stay safe, including:

 

1. Wear a protective face mask. A cloth mask or another style mask is appropriate and should cover the mouth and nose. It should be worn anytime you are in close contact with others.

 

Truck driver giving thumbs up during coronavirus pandemic

 

2. Wash and/or sanitize the hands frequently. Get into the habit of washing or sanitizing hands before and after making deliveries or having contact with surfaces outside the truck cab.

3. Disinfect and clean interior cab surfaces regularly. Wipe down the steering wheel, handles, armrests, and other such surfaces daily.

4. Practice safe social distancing when possible. Always maintain a distance of at least six feet from other individuals.

5. Wear gloves when refueling, unloading or loading cargo, or touching things outside the truck. Regular disposable gloves are fine. If you use work gloves, store them in a zip-locking plastic bag and wash them frequently. Replace the zip-locking bag each time you wash the gloves.

6. Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, or mouth when outside the truck. If the virus is on your gloves, it can be transferred to your face and increase the risk of infection.

7. Try to arrange contactless deliveries when possible. The less contact you have with other people, the better.

 

Truck driver with mask and gloves talking on the phone and reviewing documents

 

8. Use your phone or radio to communicate with others. If you must be outside the truck supervising the loading or unloading of the truck, maintain safe distancing and use your phone or radio for communications.

 

Keep in mind, this is just part of the CDC-recommended guidance for truck drivers. For the latest news in the trucking industry regarding COVID-19, be sure to visit the CDC website.

 

For truck interior accessories and comfortable truck seats that can help make being on the road easier during the COVID-19 crisis, please feel free to browse online or contact Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328 today!

Changes in the Trucking Industry Due to the COVID-19 Crisis

There are been several changes in the trucking industry since the COVID-19 pandemic swept its way across the country. From states issuing mandatory stay-at-home/safer-at-home orders to non-essential businesses closing, the virus has affected everyone in some manner—especially truck drivers.

 

Truck drivers going to their favorite truck stops have had to adapt to not being able to socialize and visit when stopping to refuel, get a bite to eat, or take a break from driving. Instead, it has become harder for them to find cooked meals, take a shower, or even find a bathroom that is open.

 

Truck drivers have been concerned they are being asked to work to deliver needed supplies but without access to the usual services they need. Fortunately, many restaurants that are still open have started to get creative—like allowing truck drivers to order food on an app and have it brought out to their truck.

 

truck passing rest area on the road

 

Numerous states have also reopened rest stops and restrooms so truck drivers can have access to these facilities. Truck stops have placed restrictions to limit the number of truckers inside at one time so they can shower and do laundry but not “hang out” in lounges or other areas.

 

Many communities have even put together “care packages” for truck drivers that include a wide range of truck interior accessories, PPE (personal protection equipment), hand sanitizer, snacks, bottled water, and more.

 

The outpouring of kindness has helped truckers immensely as they continue to deliver goods and work on the “front lines,” with the risk of exposure to COVID-19 always present. As states start to reopen, many truckers who usually haul non-essential items are getting back to work too.

 

Whether they are making long-haul trips or in-town deliveries, truckers will continue to need the support they have received over the past several months. The virus is still being passed around and there is no vaccine or treatment for it yet.

 

Truck driver with protective mask during coronavirus

 

One thing that can also help trucker drivers immensely is upgrading to better and more comfortable truck seats since they are spending a lot more hours in their trucks and on the road.

 

For further information about truck interior accessories and comfortable truck seats that can help make being on the road easier during the COVID-19 crisis, please feel free to browse online or contact Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328 today!

 

How People Are Thanking Truckers During COVID-19

With changes in the trucking industry due to COVID-19, many truckers are finding appreciation in the form of kindness from strangers. Thanking truckers during COVID-19 has become a growing movement of using the hashtag #ThankATrucker on social media sites to send truckers messages of appreciation.

 

Young Girl holding homemade Thank You sign indoors

 

Yet, this new appreciation does not stop with kind words on social media. Many people of all ages are providing gifts for truckers for their dedication during these challenging times. Some of the more popular ways people are doing this include:

 

  • Delivering food to truck drivers. People are going to restaurants and getting food through the drive-thru and delivering it to truck stops since semi-trucks won’t fit through drive-thrus and most truck stop restaurants are closed.
  • Giving truckers gift cards for gas, groceries, truck accessories, restaurants, and more. Some people are sending virtual gift cards or handing them out at truck stops.
  • Supplying bottled water, coffee, soft drinks, and snacks. Another way to show thanks is by providing giving truckers beverages and snacks they can enjoy while on the road.
  • Giving “care packages” with essential items. People have put together care packages with face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and other essential items and passed these out at truck stops.

People aren’t the only ones who are participating in #ThankATrucker. Many businesses are offering free food and free meals for truckers. Truck stops are offering free showers and free use of washing machines and dryers.

 

Many toll road booth workers are also helping out by passing out snack packs when truckers stop to pay tolls. Some communities have held special events where they offer free meals and care packages and have hung up signs or put up billboards that show their support and thank truck drivers too.

 

truck driver in front of transportation vehicle holding thumbs up

 

Additionally, trucking companies are showing support for their drivers with special incentives like bonus pay, upgraded truck seats, new truck mattresses, and more. Here at Suburban Seating & Safety, we want to thank all truck drivers for their dedication and commitment during these changing times.

 

If you are looking for gifts for truckers, we offer a wide range of truck accessories and also sell gift certificates. We can also help truckers and trucking companies with their replacement truck seat needs. Please feel free to browse online and call Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328 today!

 

Truck Industry Trends: How COVID-19 Is Affecting Semi-Truck Drivers

While many businesses were forced to shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the trucking industry did not. However, that is not to say the trucking industry has not had to adjust to changes too. While deliveries for groceries, medical supplies, and other essential items continue or even rose, other supply chains for manufacturing and non-essential items declined.

 

Semi-truck drivers have also faced changes and adjust to spending more time in their trucks. With restaurants only offering take-out or delivery services, getting food to-go has been more challenging as many places don’t allow truckers to walk through their drive-thrus. However, many restaurants on trucking routes are making to help out.

 

Truck driver with protective mask during coronavirus

 

Another challenge for truckers is finding rest areas that are open where they can use the bathroom and washup. While many rest stops are open so truckers can stop and sleep, the restrooms are not. So, truckers have had to buy camping/portable toilets to be able to use the bathroom while on the road.

 

Truck stops have also changed how they do business, only allowing a few truckers inside to shop, buy food, take showers, do laundry, etc. In some cases, it could take hours before the trucker is allowed inside depending on how many people are waiting to get inside.

 

In addition to these changes, many truckers have had to get used to wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) in the form of face masks and gloves when making deliveries. To ensure their safety, truckers also are stocking up on hand sanitizer since they do not always have access to soap and water to wash their hands.

 

Some trucking operations even changed to contactless delivery. These deliveries are where either the trucker unloads the truck onto the dock, then once safely back in his or her cab, informs the business so they can bring the delivery inside. Alternatively, the business unloads the truck while the trucker remains in the cab.

 

ruck driver wearing safety face mask next to big rig

 

With truckers spending more time in their trucks, the sale of replacement truck seats has increased. Truckers are upgrading to better seats that offer more lumbar support, heat and cooling functions, and other features to make sitting for longer more comfortable.

 

COVID-19 has certainly changed trucking industry trends. Yet, semi-truck drivers have been quick to adapt and do their part to ensure people have access to food, medical supplies, and other essential items.

 

Here at Suburban Seating & Safety, we want to thank each and every truck driver for their dedication and commitment during these changing times.

 

If you are looking for replacement truck seats that are comfortable and have a wide range of features, please feel free to browse our online seats and call us at 844-727-7328 to order yours today!

 

The Top 5 Best Ways to Reduce Unplanned Downtime on the Road

You’re driving along and everything seems fine. You are on schedule to reach your destinations and drop off your delivery. Then, the unthinkable happens and a tire blows out on the trailer. Now you must stop and wait to get it changed.

 

Unplanned downtime can be a real pain, especially when you have somewhere to be. Rather than looking it as a negative, use this time to think about what you could have done to avoid this situation.

 

1. Make a truck driver checklist of things to check before hitting the open road.

Doing a precheck of tires, connections, headlights, taillights, wiper blades, coolant, oil, and other fluids can help prevent unplanned breakdowns. If you notice something is wrong during the precheck, take your truck to the nearest truck mechanic and get it fixed.

 

Man in hardhat holding clipboard

 

2. Perform regular truck maintenance checks at the right intervals.

Change the oil, get a tune-up, change air filters, etc. when they are needed. Don’t put off truck maintenance checks just because you are on your way to making a delivery. Instead, schedule in a few extra hours to ensure your truck gets the TLC it needs to keep going mile after mile.

 

3. Upgrade your truck’s technology with newer devices.

From GPS systems to state-of-the-art Roadwatch sensors and systems, there are many types of technology you could use to make getting to your destinations more efficient, as well as monitoring real-time road conditions and outdoor temperatures.

 

4. Wash your truck to keep it clean.

Dust, dirt, road salt, chemicals, and other debris can cause problems to electrical systems, braking systems, hose connections, and so on. Get into the habit of washing your truck at least once a week and remembering to also wash underneath it to keep it clean.

 

5. Take care of yourself and your health.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, people are relying on truckers more than ever to deliver food, essential items, and healthcare supplies. The last thing you need to do is get sick yourself.

 

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, use an alcohol-based sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands, use a face covering when making deliveries, and practice safe social distancing.

 

Make sure to get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy balanced diet, and take a daily vitamin to help keep your immune system boosted.

 

Truck driver wearing a mask

 

By using these 5 great tips, you are sure to reduce unplanned downtime. To find the best semi-truck seats, Roadwatch sensors and systems, and other accessories for your truck, please feel free to explore our wide selections online or contact Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328 for further assistance today!

 

Truck Driver Injury Prevention 101: Back Support Tips

Sitting for long hours and driving mile after mile can leave truckers with sore backs and back pain. Sitting for long periods places additional pressure on the lower back and muscles when the trucker is not sitting in the proper position and aligned correctly with the seat, steering wheel, and pedals.

 

After several hours of driving, one can feel stiffness in their lower back and legs, along with dull pain in the lower back. Over time, the pain and discomfort can get worse, unless better back and truck driver seat support habits are developed.

 

Truck driver sitting in his truck cabin feeling upset

 

Tip #1: Invest in the Best Seat for Truck Drivers

Whether you own your own rig or drive for someone else, invest in the best seat for truck drivers that features lumbar support, heat, and massage functions. You could even go all out and get ventilating, too, which is great during the hot summer months to keep you cooler and comfortable.

 

Tip #2: Maintain the Right Posture

You want to sit in the truck seat so that your back and shoulders are firmly against the seatback. If needed, move the seat forward. You don’t want to lean forward or slump over while driving, as this places strain on the lower back and causes back pain.

 

Tip #3: Stop Every 2 to 3 hours and Stretch

Adjust your driving habits so you are stopping every two to three hours and taking a break from sitting. Get up, move around, and stretch your entire body. Take a short 10-minute walk to get the blood flowing and loosen up muscles.

 

Tip #4: Exercise for 30 Minutes Every Day

Get into the habit of doing muscle-building exercises that focus on your core and lower back muscles. Stronger muscles mean better lumbar support and less lower back pain. There are all sorts of exercises you can do while on the road like knees to chest, pelvic lifts, etc.

 

Tip #5: Eat Healthily and Get Sufficient Sleep

Eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of rest are two great truck driver injury prevention tips that not only help reduce injuries to the back and back pain but also other types of accidents and injuries.

 

truck driver sitting in his truck holding thumbs up

 

 

By using these truck driver seat support and back support tips, you can reduce and even prevent back pain and back injuries. To find the best seat for truck drivers, please feel free to explore our wide selection of truck seats online or contact Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328 for further assistance today!

 

Worst Roads in America for Truckers

America’s most dangerous roads present many hazards for truck drivers. The dangers don’t only come from road congestion and irresponsible drivers, which increase by the millions during holidays. Some roads and bridges are in poor shape, reducing the comfort of even the best semi-truck seats, and putting truckers in danger.

 

Big semi truck with refrigeration trailer moving on the bridge

 

Where the Worst Roads Are

Based on Federal Highway Administration data, states from coast to coast rank with the worst road conditions. Examples include Connecticut, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, California, and Kansas.

 

Among the states with the worst roads, some factors considered include:

 

  • Bridge conditions: Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and the densely populated urban areas of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut ranked high on the list—with Rhode Island at the top. Structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges present significant dangers to motorists, especially to truckers who drive much heavier, larger vehicles.
  • Dangers/accidents: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) data suggests the most dangerous roads in the country include I-10 in Alabama, I-95 in Florida, and Highway 75 in Idaho. Other dangerous thoroughfares included I-40 in Arkansas, US-1 in Florida, and I-80 in Nebraska. Roads in Maryland, Colorado, and South Carolina made the list as well.

 

Individual Highways to Avoid

Regardless of the types of truck seats and accessories you choose for your fleet, the most dangerous roads overall for truck drivers, based on DOT data, include:

  • I-95 – Connecticut: Running from Maine to Miami, it runs through many metropolitan areas and is one of the nation’s oldest highways.
  • I-10 – Arizona: This stretch of road running from Phoenix to the California border sees high traffic and lacks median barriers.
  • I-15 in California/Arizona: A popular travel route to Las Vegas, this road has frequent drunk driving accidents and is known for low seat belt use.
  • Dalton Highway – Alaska: Although it’s not among the busiest roads, the rugged terrain, one single fuel stop, and lack of emergency services make this route dangerous.
  • US 24 – Fort Wayne to Toledo: A major commercial route, it has had numerous head-on collisions involving tractor-trailers. It’s still considered one of the most dangerous semi-truck routes despite being widened in 2012.

 

Truckers can maximize their safety by learning about these hazardous routes and using seats and truck interior accessories that can improve their comfort and awareness. Order with Suburban Seating & Safety online or call 844-727-7228 today.

 

8 Truck Driver Trip-Planning Tips

Suburban Seating & Safety is a premier source for comfortable truck seats. While comfortable seating is essential for truckers, planning your trip is important as well. The following tips for your truck driver checklist should be considered before going out on the road.

 

  1. Consider All Aspects of the Trip

Drivers who don’t know how to plan a truck route need to consider the time spent fueling, eating, taking bathroom breaks, and sitting in traffic. Weather conditions play a role here as well.

 

  1. Set a Daily Goal for Stops

Realistic goals, especially for long-haul truckers, should include every variable. Set a goal for destination stops that accounts for delays, such as border crossings or slowdowns on mountain roads.

 

  1. Plan an Earlier Stop

This is particularly important for trips along the eastern seaboard, where there aren’t enough truck stops and rest areas for all trucks. Arrive too late, and you may have nowhere to park and sleep. About 6:00 p.m. is a good time to aim for.

 

  1. Track the Weather Reports

The weather can vary drastically from one location to somewhere just a few hours away, especially during winter or severe weather season. Listen to the weather reports; you don’t want to be stranded in Chicago or the Rocky Mountains.

 

  1. Use Navigation

Today’s GPS devices let you plan your trip, view your location, and learn about traffic and weather conditions in real-time. Suburban Seating & Safety has some of the best truck GPS mounts to make sure you see the road and remain informed.

 

  1. Take Essential Supplies for Remote Travel

You never want to be stranded without food, extra clothing, and emergency supplies such as bandages and flares. If your truck breaks down in a remote area, it can be a while before help arrives.

 

  1. Allow for More Time

Always allow for more time, even if it means arriving early. Don’t speed or risk violating traffic laws or running out of fuel, as these will only cause more difficulties and delays.

 

  1. Maximize Your Comfort by Ordering from Suburban Seating & Safety

Truck driver sitting in cabin giving thumbs-up

 

At Suburban Seating & Safety, we offer different types of truck seats to suit the needs of your fleet, with comfortable cushions, adjustability, and advanced suspensions. We also offer the best truck interior accessories, such as a road-watch sensor that measures surface temperatures. Feel free to browse our catalog, order online, or call 844-727-7328.