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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!

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!

Check Out the Latest Features Offered in the Best Semi-Truck Seats

Comfortable truck seats that include a wide array of options, as well as safety features, are essential to keeping truck drivers alert to their surroundings when driving 8+ hours a day. From commercial truck seat cushions with added padding to ultra-high seat backs for added lumbar support, having a well-designed truck seat helps keep truck drivers focused and alert when driving.

 

Safety is equally important. When truck drivers have to constantly move around because of a sore back or bottom or tight muscles, it takes their focus off the road. When truck drivers are uncomfortable while driving, they cannot give their full attention to the road.

 

Driver in cabin of big modern truck

 

What’s New in Truck Seats?

1. Wider Seats: Bostrom and other truck seat manufacturers have rolled out wider seats to provide more comfort. Bostrom offers different options with their Wide Ride seats including Core and Wide Ride + Serta®.

 

2. Cooled Semi Truck Seats: One feature found in upscale and high-end vehicles has made its way to truck seats: cooled semi-truck seats. This feature is often found on seats that also offer heating. No longer do truck drivers have to feel hot, sticky, and sweaty on hot summer days when they upgrade to a truck seat with cooling.

 

3. Truck Seat Memory Settings: Many new truck seats are starting to offer memory settings. The seat will automatically move to an exiting position when the truck is parked; when climbing into the seat, it automatically returns to the preset driving settings.

 

happy driver getting into cab of modern truck

 

4. Memory Foam: Memory foam is not just for truck mattresses anymore. Many seat manufacturers are switching out existing materials and adding memory foam to seat cushions and backs for better support and improved comfort.

 

There are also seats being developed that connect to advanced driver safety features like forward collision alert. These advanced seats would use tactile alerts built into the seat to potentially alert truck drivers to problems before they see them.

 

To check out the latest features and find comfortable truck seats for your 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!