If you have an ISRI seat in your truck, you need to use it correctly if you want to optimise all the comfortable features. Wondering what you should know about your seat? Here are some tips to keep in mind.
1. Read the Manual
ISRI seats have a lot of different functions and parts. To ensure you are using your seat correctly, you may want to read the manual when you get it. Additionally, you may want to talk with other operators who have ISRI seats to see if they have anything to recommend.
2. Adjust the Seat So You Can Reach the Pedals Easily
When adjusting your ISRI seat, you should play with the height of the seat and the distance from the steering wheel. Ideally, you want to get in a position where your feet can hit the pedals without having to lift your legs or stretch. From this position, you should be able to depress the pedals fully to the ground.
If you have to move your leg every time you need to brake, that slows your reaction time. It also puts unnecessary pressure on your hip, which can lead to aches and pains during drives.
3. Tilt the Backrest Based on the Length of Your Arms
Once you have the height and depth positioned correctly, you need to figure out the right tilt for the back of your seat. When your backrest is at the correct tilt, your arms can effortlessly reach the steering wheel. They should be bent slightly rather than fully extended.
4. Check the Small of Your Back
Now that your arms and legs are supported correctly, it's time to check out your back. Before reaching for the lumbar controls on your ISRI seat, note how your back is positioned.
If your back is hunched downward or if there is a space between the seatback and your lower spine, those are both signs that you need to engage the lower back support. That should support your lower back so you don't strain or hunch.
5. Use the Suspension System
Most ISRI seats come with a suspension system. You don't necessarily need this for smooth, long roads. However, if you are going down a bumpy gravel road, you may want to turn on the suspension system.
6. Replace Parts as Needed
Finally, if you notice any broken or damaged ISRI parts, make sure to get them replaced as soon as possible. Missing parts can lead to issues with the functioning of the seat. If you replace them right away, that can help prevent a cascade of damage.