Let’s face it. Sitting for 8+ hours a day driving a truck can leave your back and bottom feeling sore and uncomfortable if you don’t have the best semi-truck seats. To help you upgrade your existing seat and find the perfect one to keep you comfortable, check out this guide to truck seats.
Types of Truck Seats
There are three general types of truck seats you can choose from:
1. Low-Profile Truck Seats: Low Profile truck seats utilize smaller sized air suspensions which sit lower and take up less space, allowing for use in cabs with limited room such as medium duty trucks or cab over trucks. Check with Suburban, as direct-bolt-in brackets and/or adapters may be available for your specific truck make and model.
2. Standard Profile Truck Seats: This type of truck seat is the most common style air suspension seat and is found in most conventional style truck cabs. Many of these seats are outfitted to fit most make and model’s seat bolt patterns, with some exceptions. Check with your sales rep to ensure perfect fitment!
3. Medium-Duty Truck Seats: Medium-Duty Truck Seats are designed specifically for certain popular truck applications, smaller than the typical Class 8 Trucks. These include Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks, Mid-Sized Freightliner cabs and Mid-Sized International cabs. Like other air suspension seats, these are available with many options and creature comforts like adjustable lumbar, isolators, heat and more.
To shop for truck seats for your semi-truck, please feel free to browse our online store or for further questions or to order custom truck seats, please feel free to call Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328 today!
Truck drivers try to avoid rush hour traffic. Yet this is not possible under the current “14-hour clock” laws and regulations. While you may be able to delay your start and miss morning rush hour, you may not be so lucky to miss the evening rush hour.
Whether you drive overnight and occasionally get stuck in rush hour traffic or have to stick to a set schedule and drive in a rush hour daily, it is best to be prepared. Preparations involve making sure your truck is outfitted with the right equipment and commercial truck accessories, including:
- The Best Semi-Truck Seats: Since you will be sitting in stop and go and traffic, you want a seat that will keep your backside from getting sore. There are semi-truck seats that feature heating and cooling, as well as message functions.
- Invest in a GPS: You can monitor traffic and see where it is the most congested. Modern GPS systems offer “alternative” routes that may have less traffic and use side roads less frequently traveled.
- Upgrade Truck Driver Safety Equipment: Make sure you have the right size truck mirrors to monitor traffic on both sides of your truck. There are also blind spot detectors, as well as rear cameras so you have a better “view” of what is around you in the areas that are the hardest to see.
Try to Plan Routes to Miss Rush Hour Traffic
One way to try to avoid rush hour traffic is to plan your routes ahead of time. If possible, stop the night before far enough away from a major city so that by the time you are driving through it the next day, rush hour will be over. If you plan accordingly, you could luck out and miss both morning and evening rush hours when passing through multiple major cities!
In the perfect world, there would be “semi-truck only” lanes in major cities so truck drivers would not have to worry about rush hour traffic. Since that is not possible, the best thing to do is to practice safe driving habits, remain alert, and stay as comfortable as possible until you get through the heavy traffic.
To find comfortable semi-truck seats and safety equipment for your truck, please feel free to explore our online store or contact Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328 for further assistance today!
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 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.
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!
Driving a big rig that weighs 80,000 pounds or more requires you to be a good driver. You should attempt to avoid situations where you can feel stress, anger, or frustration, as these can lead to semi-truck road rage. Taking the time to learn how to avoid road rage by using the following safe driving practices will help you become a better truck driver.
1. You cannot control other drivers.
The best thing to do if you encounter bad drivers is to slow down and put some distance between you and them. If you start to feel anger or stress, take slow deep breaths and count to ten.
2. Your time does not equate to money.
It is easy to get stressed from a breakdown, construction delay, or traffic jam. If you are feeling frustrated, pull into a rest area and spend a little time walking around getting some fresh air. Most truck drivers are paid by the mile, so you should not have to hurry to your destination.
3. Avoid driving when you are tired.
When we are tired, we have much shorter fuses that easily can be set off by the bad driving of another. If you didn’t get enough sleep, pull over and take a nap. If you cannot do this, at least take the time to get a cup of coffee to help wake you up.
4. Avoid driving when you are hungry.
Hunger can cause us to feel “hangry,” which is when we become irritable and easily angered because we are hungry. Take the time to eat a good hearty breakfast before hitting the road. Remember to also stop for a lunch break where you eat outside your truck.
5. Don’t take another’s bad driving personally.
Some people are just lousy drivers. Just accept this and let it go. Their bad driving is not intentionally directed at you.
To help keep you calm and comfortable and avoid semi-truck road rage while you are driving, make sure you have the best semi-truck seats for your truck from Suburban Seating & Safety. Feel free to give us a call at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) today!