Sweet Seats, Old Thrones & Safe Driving

Seats can be distinctive, interesting portrayals of who we are as truck drivers. Seat cover manufacturers are getting more and more creative, especially when it comes to tractor trailers. There’s clear plastic ones. Leopard stripes. Furry ones. Sleek, professional leather grade. Therapeutic massage units and more. Some are uniquely stylish and others are just outrageous and fun.

While choosing plain or spruced up accessories can speak volumes about our personalities, it is really the way we sit on our seat covers that makes the biggest difference in our ability to get safely and comfortably down the highway.

While many drivers take pride in maintaining a very athletic, well postured driving position, others prefer to look a bit more like Archie Bunker, who sat in that old, tattered recliner, which was put on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. For those who might be too young to remember Archie Bunker’s chair, it was a major part of the 1970s sitcom “All in the Family.”

We bring up Archie Bunker because his chair was his throne. He was often filmed sitting in it, with a heating pad and a drink in hand, debating a variety of topics. Raggedy and perhaps a bit lumpy, his now iconic chair, has become a unique piece of art. Back in the day, if he caught anyone sitting in it, he’d go a bit crazy. Ever meet a driver like that? It can be a bit comical.

No matter the throne you select, keep in mind that your throne can impact both your back and neck, especially while driving. To prevent stress and strain, the American Chiropractic Association recommends the following tips:

*Vary seat position a little every 30-60 minutes to ease stress on your body.
*Change hand positions on the steering wheel often. Do not squeeze harder than necessary.
*Use a steering wheel cover to protect your hands from a cold wheel.
*Use a gel seat cushion if the truck vibrates too much.

*Knees should not be higher than the hips.
*Front of the seat should not contact the back of the knee. Such contact will cause drivers to slide forward into a rounded posture.
*You should be able to depress pedals all the way without twisting the back or moving away from the seat.
*If possible, adjust the lumbar area of the seat to provide gentle support. A towel or lumbar roll may be added to support the low back if needed.

About Millis Transfer
Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

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