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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!


Six Must-Have Features & Accessories for Winter Driving

One of the major hardships you’ll endure in your trucking career is a lot of driving in winter weather. Early mornings braving the cold and hours on the road negotiating low visibility and icy roads can be wearying to drivers. Luckily, there are some excellent features and accessories that can help semi truck drivers cope with the winter months.


Accessories for Winter Driving


  • Ice scraper – Don’t hit the road without one of these convenient devices for removing ice from your windows and windshield. Ice scrapers come in handy on those cold mornings when your windshield is entirely covered in ice and you simply don’t have time for the defroster to work.
  • Heavy winter wear – If you’re going to be loading or unloading your truck during the coldest parts of the day or night, you need quality winter clothes to protect you from extreme low temperatures. Also, if you end up having mechanical problems on the road, you don’t want to be caught without sturdy gloves and a thick winter coat while you work on blown tires or frozen airlines.
  • Remote access/start – If your truck doesn’t already have this convenient feature, you’ll want to check into installing it. Remote entry and access are very helpful on cold winter mornings.
  • Repair gear – Make sure you have adequate fuses, light bulbs, tools, additives that can liquefy gelled fuel, de-icing fluid, and other important maintenance equipment.
  • Heated seatsHeated seats are like iPhones. Before you have them, you don’t understand what all the fuss is about. After you get them, you wonder how you ever survived without them. Heated truck seats will help take some of the discomfort out of driving during the early morning hours during the winter season.
  • Heated steering wheel – If you think heated seats are a miracle, wait until you try a heated steering wheel. Enjoy being able to grip your steering wheel on even the coldest of mornings without discomfort or having to wear gloves.


Features & Accessories for Winter Driving


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Four Tips for Restoring Semi Truck Interiors

Semi truck drivers spend a lot of time in their vehicles. Not only is it their workplace on the road, it’s also their home and office. Maintaining an attractive and comfortable interior will help truckers get the most of their investment in their vehicle and help them better cope with the stresses of a life on the road.


Semi truck drivers


Restoring the interior of your truck, or just giving it a few upgrades, can also help boost the resale value of your truck. Most semi truck owners have more than $150,000 invested in their vehicles. Maintaining the value of their truck will help them better enjoy the fruits of their investment when it’s time to pass the truck on to another driver.


For truck drivers considering restoring or remodeling their trucks, here are a few tips:


  • Start with the seats. Your truck seat is where you’ll spend the most time in your vehicle. Make sure your seat is comfortable and provides enough lumbar support. Consider adding convenient features like ventilation or moisture resistance to further enhance their value.
  • Consider the cabin. Are the cup holders large and close by enough to be convenient? Do you have enough storage bins and drawers? Are all the air conditioner vents in good working order? If your cabin isn’t to your liking, you have many options to change it. Aftermarket products can add storage space, cup holders, and a variety of other truck interior accessories to make the cabin more functional and comfortable.
  • Check out the carpet. If the carpet in your truck is old and worn or irretrievably dirty, it can make your truck a lot less pleasant place to spend many hours every week. Replacing the carpet can make your truck more inviting, increase your pride in your vehicle, and boost its resale value.
  • If your truck has a small sleeping or living area, consider the furniture in the area. Is the bed comfortable or does it keep you up nights? Are the storage spaces secure or are drawers constantly flying open when you’re on the road? Installing new bedding and storage is one way to make your truck more livable.


Restoring Semi Truck Interiors


Suburban Seating & Safety provides consumers with the best aftermarket truck seats and truck interior accessories. If you’re considering restoring or upgrading your truck interior, check out the selection of products available from Suburban Seating & Safety.