As a truck driver, a heavy equipment operator or a bus driver, you spend a lot of your time in the seat of your vehicle. Sitting has been linked to all kinds of issues from leg pain to back pain, and if you want to be comfortable while working, you need a seat that can support you correctly. Here's a look at the essential anatomy of a great seat
1. Adjustable Features
Even if you are the only one who drives your truck or equipment, you still need an adjustable seat. That's essential for the days where you need to make an adjustment to be comfortable, and it can help your truck sell in the future. However, if you are buying seats for a fleet of vehicles or equipment, adjustable features are especially essential as multiple people will be using the seat.
2. Shock Absorbers
Trucks and equipment are not designed with the same sort of suspension as cars. That can make them feel a lot bumpier and more uncomfortable during operation. To make up for that, you need a truck seat that has built-in shock absorbers. Otherwise, every bump in the road will go straight through your legs and up into your back. You may even want air suspension for even more comfort.
3. Quality Seat Cushion
Even with great shock absorbers, a great seat still needs a quality seat cushion. You want it to be thick and firm but also adjustable. Some seats have adjustable thigh support and a cushion that you can extend as needed. That feature may sound small, but if you are tall, that extra bit of support on your back lower thighs can help to prevent a lot of knee fatigue.
4. Lumbar Support
Without proper lumbar support, the muscles around the small of your back have to do a lot of work to keep your body upright. Lumbar support built into the seat allows them to relax. Ideally, you want the support to be adjustable so you can change the angles and degree of support as needed.
5. Arm Rests
Arm rests are option that you always want to add to truck and equipment seats. Ideally, you should be able to use or put down the arm rests as needed. When in use, as suggested by your arm, they give you somewhere to rest your arms. That takes some of the muscular pressure off your back and neck. In fact, if you already have a seat, you may even want to add aftermarket armrests from a company such as ISRI.
To learn more about the anatomy of a perfect truck seat and to find the right seat for you, contact a seat specialist that offers ISRI seats.