If you're involved in the field of heavy construction, you know that every time you deploy some of your most expensive equipment, you need to make sure that it is performing to optimal levels. This is the only way that you can be fully productive while ensuring that you get maximum return on your investment. In order to do this, you may spend a lot of resources to keep up with maintenance and to make sure that your heavy-duty trucks are configured correctly. However, you may be missing out on an important element in this equation and have forgotten about the individual productivity of each driver. At the end of their shift, are they still performing as well as they did at the beginning, or can you improve this?

Tailor-Made Measurements

For your staff to be able to do the best work possible from start to finish, you need to be sure that they are seated properly. You should begin by bringing in fitment experts or physical therapists to look at each driver individually and to determine their crucial measurements. You will then be able to show them how to adjust the seat correctly based on their unique dimensions, while also adjusting any tilt or telescoping system attached to the steering column. Once those "key" measurements have been determined, they should be given to the driver as a laminated card, allowing them to adjust everything properly before their shift begins.

Examining the Seat

You should also have a very good look at the seats fitted to each asset and upgrade them to higher quality products if necessary. You may be able to get versions that feature special foam inserts, upgraded coverings and even airbags that inflate and deflate intuitively according to the G-forces or load sustained at that moment. Remember, it's not just about the structure of the seat as it's important to cover it properly so that it performs well in all weather conditions. You may need to upgrade from vinyl to cloth covering or leather, or a combination thereof.


Always make sure that the seat comes with the right amount of support for the lower back, thighs and the lumbar area, with an appropriate headrest. Some aftermarket seats can also come with heating or cooling elements to provide comfort, year-round.


Remember, you may have the most sophisticated trucks and heavy equipment on the work site, but ultimate productivity is going to be determined by the condition of the driver. Make sure that your seats are always top of the range.

For more information on Hino truck seats, contact your local heavy construction equipment retailer.