If you have recently worked to earn your commercial driver's license and you want to start hauling loads across the country with a semi truck, then it may be in your best interest to purchase a used truck of your own. When you purchase the truck, you will want to either find one with accessories that make the vehicle comfortable or purchase separate items on your own. Keep reading to learn about a few options that you should consider.
A Comfortable Mattress
Many semi trucks have small sleeper compartments where you can rest. These compartments are typically 36 to 48 inches wide, and a twin bed usually pulls down from the wall. While these spaces are quite small, you can help to provide yourself with the rest you need by purchasing the most comfortable mattress possible. With spatial constraints, a box spring will not be an option. Unfortunately, the box spring is the part of the bed that absorbs shock and also reduces mattress wear. To help absorb shock, think about purchasing a memory foam mattress. This type of mattress is a made from a temperature and pressure sensitive polyurethane material that molds to the body and absorbs movements. The dense material also softens with body heat for added comfort when you lie down.
Memory foam mattress do not need to be thick to provide comfort, so a thin one that fits your twin sleeper bed is perfect for your needs. When buying the mattress, also think about buying a mattress protector that is water-resistant to reduce the amount of sweat that can absorb into the memory foam. Once your mattress is all set, make sure to get sleep when you need it. While you may be able to drive for long periods of time, federal regulations state that you cannot drive more than 11 hours a day and your maximum work week cannot exceed 70 hours. Keep yourself safe and away from unnecessary fines by following these guidelines.
Back pain is a common problem for truck drivers due to the prolonged amount of time that you must sit in one position. Fortunately, pain as well as difficulties like pinched nerves can be reduced if you sit with good posture. However, this is not possible if you do not have the right seat. Good posture means sitting up straight with your back flat. Make sure to find a seat that has a wide and thick lumbar cushion across the lower back to assist with this. Since sciatic nerve issues are common amongst truck drivers, a heated pad along the lower area of the seat is a good choice. The heat will help to encourage good blood flow across the lower back so that inflammation does not place pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Along with good back position, your arms should be kept in a comfortable and natural position. Armrests attached to the side of the seat can assist with this. While you may luck out to find a used commercial truck with the seat that you need, this may not be the case. You should make sure that you splurge on the new seat once you buy your truck. A new semi truck is likely to cost between $100,000 and $150,000, but a used variety will cost between about $15,000 and $100,000. This means that the cost savings will allow you to purchase the accessories, like the seat that will help you stay healthy and comfortable.
If you are in the market for a used commercial semi truck, make sure that you spend some time looking at the accessories that the truck offers or invest in accessories after you purchase the truck. The right additions, like a good mattress and a supportive seat, can make all the difference in your comfort when you drive and rest while on the road. Check out websites like http://www.arrowtruck.com/ for more information about used semis for sale.Share