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Five Tips for Drivers to Avoid Back Pain

For many professional drivers, back pain seems to be an inevitable consequence of countless hours on the road. Bus drivers, big rig drivers, and even taxi drivers all report higher than average rates of chronic back problems.

 

Drivers to Avoid Back Pain

 

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. With the right car and truck seats, and by following some best practices, professional drivers can avoid developing chronic back pain.

 

Sitting for long periods of time isn’t good for your back or for your general health. Long times spent sitting puts lots of pressure on your lower back that can cause musculoskeletal and nerve problems. Try these tips to mitigate the effects of hours on the road:

 

  • Exercise – Stretching your muscles and strengthening them will improve your overall health and will also help you avoid developing back pain. When you spend long periods sitting, the muscles in your lower back may atrophy, making musculoskeletal damage more likely. By strengthening your back with exercise, you reduce your likelihood of developing back problems.
  • Find a comfortable seat – A good truck seat that provides plenty of lumbar support and offers lots of adjustment capability to accommodate your driving position is a driver’s best friend in the fight against back pain. Check product reviews and ask your supplier questions.
  • Move as you drive – Adjust positions every 20 minutes or so. The motion will help your back muscles from developing cramps and relieve pressure on your spine.
  • Don’t sit while you’re at rest stops – If you’ve pulled over to refuel or eat, don’t sit the whole time. Walk around your truck or the immediate area to help relieve pressure on your back.
  • Consult with a physician – Talk with your doctor about more steps you can take to prevent back problems from developing. A little preventative care can go a long way. Doctors can help you find exercises, give nutritional advice, and offer other solutions to keep your back in good condition.

 

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Suburban Seating & Safety keeps drivers healthy by providing high-quality truck seats and accessories. Find the custom truck seat you need to provide the comfort and support you require on the road.

 

FMCSA Proposes More Driving Hours for CDL Licensing

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) recently proposed changes to the rules for obtaining a CDL license and training procedures. If the proposed rules are passed and put into place, new CDL applicants would be required to log a set number of hours before they would be able to obtain their CDL license.

 

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The FMCSA has created two different minimum driving hour requirements based on the type of CDL license the applicant seeks. For instance, in order to obtain a CDL Class A license, which allows you to operate tractor trailers and vehicles with gross weights equal to or more than 26,001 pounds, you would need to successfully log a minimum of 30 behind-the-wheel hours during a FMCSA-compliant truck driver training program. A minimum of 10 hours must be completed on a closed driving practice range.

 

For a CDL Class B license, you would need to log a minimum of 15 behind-the-wheel hours before being able to apply for your CDL license. A Class B license is required to operate buses, dump trucks, box trucks, and other straight trucks. A minimum of 7 hours must be completed on a closed driving practice range.

 

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Besides new CDL applicants, the proposed changes in the mandatory driving hours would be enforced when upgrading a CDL or if drivers had previously lost their CDL through disqualification and are reapplying to have their CDL reinstated. Additionally, the FMCSA would not require firefighters, farmers, or military truck drivers to obtain the new minimum driving hour requirements.

 

The reason the FMCSA is considering increasing the mandatory number of driver training hours is because a driver who has logged more training hours is a safer truck driver. Whether you are current truck driver or are in process of obtaining your CDL, you can make sure your ride is always comfortable with replacement truck seats from Suburban Seating & Safety. Give us a call today at (844) SAS-SEAT or 844-727-7328 to learn more about our customized solutions.

 

Source:

http://thehill.com/regulation/transportation/271791-dot-proposes-new-training-requirements-for-bus-truck-drivers

Sleep Apnea Testing for Truck Drivers

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) and the FRA (Federal Railroad Administration) are both considering taking first steps to address potential OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) testing for truck drivers and railway operators. Currently, the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) has made recommendations to the Department of Transportation (DOT), that there should be specific processes in place for the screening and treatment of those in the transportation industry for sleep apnea.

 

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What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

 

OSA is a condition where you stop breathing, briefly, while you sleep. There can be several causes, such as being overweight, having high blood pressure, or smoking, which can contribute to causing OSA. When breathing stops, the muscles in the chest and diaphragm work harder to force the body to take in air.

 

Most people are not aware they suffer from this condition, yet it is estimated that more than twenty percent of people working in the transportation industry suffer from OSA. In addition, a person with OSA who gets a full eight hours of sleep tends to be less rested, compared to a person getting four hours of continuous, uninterrupted sleep.

 

Why Test Transportation Operators?

 

The underlying symptoms of OSA include several symptoms that can impact those driving trucks or operating trains. People with OSA can experience fatigue, feel tired, and have problems concentrating, and they are more prone to drifting off to sleep during their normal waking hours. As such, truck drivers and railway operators who have OSA present higher safety risks.

 

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The FMSCA and FRA have opened up taking comments for the next three months as to how mandatory testing would impact the transportation industry. Should mandatory OSA testing be implemented, it would become part of regular medical screenings for medical certifications required in the transportation industry.

 

While it may be some time before mandatory testing is required, if you are a truck driver or train operator, it does not hurt to get your own diagnosis and treatment to help reduce the potential of falling asleep on the job. For all of your replacement seat needs, please feel free to contact Suburban Seating & Safety today by calling (844)SAS-SEAT or 844-727-7328.

 

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/understanding-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome

http://fleetowner.com/regulations/fmcsa-takes-first-step-sleep-apnea-rule

The Benefits of LED Lighting for Truckers

Over the years, the transportation industry has gone through some significant changes. Between updating equipment, changing DOT laws, and regulations regarding rest periods, upgrades like headlights and custom truck seats can seem insignificant. On the contrary, it’s important for truckers to keep up with these upgrades not just to make the situation more pleasant, but also to enhance the abilities of the driver. Such is the case when it comes to LED lighting for truckers.

 

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Clear Detail

 

The trucking industry has gone through several different types of lights, from incandescent seated-beams to halogens and LED. Halogens did shed more light on objects, but only LED lighting provides the level of detail necessary to travel at high speeds for long hours. Tired eyes are bound to miss something if the lighting isn’t adequate. LED lights have developed a reputation for a more natural type of lighting. This allows drivers to see things in clearer detail, even when it’s foggy out. In fact, some drivers don’t even bother with high beams, because the low beams give them enough light on their own.

 

Cost-Effective Lighting

 

When it comes to vehicles that never seem to stop moving, there is a drive to try to cut costs when it comes to maintenance. With permits, licenses, and insurance rates running so high, the devil is in the details. LED lights save drivers money, even though they are more expensive than halogen. That’s because they last much longer, so the extra expense is well worth it. Also, if better lighting can cut down on the number of accidents truckers are involved in, money isn’t the only cost that’s saved.

 

Whether you are thinking of seats for trucks or LED lighting, consider all of the angles. Just like high quality custom truck seats can save you pain and money associated with back issues, LED lighting can save money, eye strain, and reduce the number of accidents truckers are involved in. Customizing a semi isn’t just about personalizing the way the truck looks so that the driver feels more comfortable. It’s about creating a safer atmosphere, while saving money at the same time.

 

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Finding the Right Seat for Better Back Support

When you spend your days driving long hours, one thing you might notice is your back starts to feel sore and ache. The pain can extend from the lower back all the way up to the neck and shoulders. You could also notice a general tightness in the shoulders and upper back that is not comfortable. However, you should not have to experience discomfort from driving long hours. There are replacement truck seats on the market which incorporate a wide array of features to help provide better back support, and reduce related pain and discomfort.

 

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Finding the right seat for your truck should start with considering the features and options you desire. An ideal car seat design should include as many of the following features and options for optimal support and comfort:

 

  • Adjustable Height
  • Adjustable Seat Back
  • Adjustable Head Rest
  • Adjustable Seat Bottom Depth
  • Adjustable Seat Bottom Incline
  • Adjustable Linear Track to Move Seat Backwards and Forwards
  • Firm Seat Bottom Cushion
  • Adjustable Lumbar Support in Seat Back
  • Adjustable Arm Rests
  • Seat Shock Absorbers to Dampen Vibrations
  • Pulsating Lumber Support
  • Reinforced Seat Back to Reduce Rebound during Rear End Accidents

 

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Granted, finding all of these features in a truck seat can be difficult. Some seats might feature some, while others will have many more of the above features. The best thing to do is consider your needs and comfort level when choosing a new seat. The most important features you will want to have are the adjustable features and lumbar support.

 

If the seat you select does not have every feature and option you want, there are truck seat cushions you can put over the seat to add more options, like heated seats and pulsating lumbar support. For assistance in finding the best truck seat with optimal back support and related seat cushions, covers, accessories, and parts, feel free to contact Suburban Seats today by calling 844 SAS SEAT (844-727-7328).

Safety First: 3 Safety Features You Need in Your Truck Right Now

While most accidents are caused by regular passenger vehicles, the size and weight of big rig trucks makes it so that when they are involved in an accident, it’s likely to be a big one. No driver wants to get injured on the road, or to have to live with a serious accident that hurt someone else on their conscience. To keep yourself and others safe on the road, you should consider using the following safety equipment on your truck as soon as possible.

 

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Collision Avoidance Systems

 

While the ultimate responsibility for avoiding accidents rests with the driver, safety features can help make that easier to do. One of the most important of these features is that of collision avoidance systems, which automatically help slow and control trucks when potentially dangerous situations are ahead. While not as advanced as the safety and auto-driving features on passenger cars, these kind of systems are becoming available for big rigs, and use a front-mounted radar system to detect obstacles and immediately throttle the brake if one is detected ahead. If you can get your hands on one, it’s highly recommended you take advantage of it.

 

Front and Rear Cameras

 

One of the most difficult things about managing a truck is the reduced visibility. The bigger the vehicle, the harder it is to see what’s in front of, around, and (especially) behind you. So it’s a good thing that truck companies are now making vehicles with front and rear cameras, which display obstacles that the driver might not be able to see on monitors in the cab.

 

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Electronic Stability Controls

 

When a truck is going too fast for the load it’s carrying, it’s a lot more likely that it will get out of the driver’s control, presenting a danger to the driver, the vehicle, and other people on the road. Electronic stability controls help truckers maintain a safe speed by monitoring a vehicle’s velocity, tilt, and direction of travel, to measure the safest speed it can go, and then apply the brakes if the truck exceeds it.

 

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