Best trucks in terms of driving comfort?

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by cdavis188, Jul 24, 2023.

  1. cdavis188

    cdavis188 Road Train Member

    Jun 10, 2021
    Salina, KS
    I'll cut the bs and get straight to the point.

    My truck is not physically comfortable for me to drive. I'm not talking about the suspect ride quality of my Freightshaker, but being 6'8, it is not comfortable in the drivers seat. In order to see slightly above the windshield and below that big box in the middle top of the windshield, I have to lower my seat a lot. That in turn causes my legs to be in an uncomfortable position, and even with my seat all the way back, leg room is limited. I'm more or less forced to stop and take a break every 2-3 hours to get out of the truck and stretch because my legs start becoming sore. It's common to end my day with knee aching. I drive a full size Lincoln sedan because it has the leg room that I need, and I don't have to stop every couple hours to stretch.

    I'm not sure who to go to in my company with these concerns. A recruiter called me for my 90 day review and I mentioned these concerns to her, and said she would pass it along, but I've never heard back. My company has a majority of Cascadia's but operates quite a few T680's and has a few 579's, but I'm not sure if those are any better.

    I'm just trying to look out for my own health in the long term. Men in my family has a history of knee problems, and being this tall already puts extra pressure on those joints. I want to delay those knee problems as long as possible.
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  3. ducnut

    ducnut Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Go try on one of your company’s T680s or 579s.

    The biggest issue I think you’re going to have is the stupid cabinet they put right behind the driver’s seat. It really limits how far back one can move the seat. I’d ask the highest person you have access to about removing that cabinet, if any one of the trucks fits you better. The PACCAR cabinets simply unscrew and come right out. It’ll either go out the sleeper door or they’ll have to remove the passenger seat, to get it out.

    I’m in a T680 and recently drove a Volvo and 579. The Volvo has more room under the center of the dash, which is where I always stretched out my right leg. The PACCAR trucks have a drink holder in the way. Volvo has more room behind the seat and between the seats.
  4. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    Just wait until you really drive one of the newer Volvo's -- WOW !!! :iconbiggrin: :iconbiggrin: :thumbup:

    -- L
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  5. Rgood

    Rgood Bobtail Member

    Check out their other trucks remove what they can and get a knee brace... this job is hard on knees feel for ya
  6. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    CC, TX
    I would ask the shop guys to install a low-base seat.
  7. ducnut

    ducnut Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    That’ll only exacerbate his knee problems.

    I had a Legacy Lo, with adjustable base, in my Volvo. It was the most comfortable seat I’ve ever sat in.
  8. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    I dunno what truck's going to suit you but stopping every couple of hours to stretch your legs should actually be a part of every driver's routine. You should always do that no matter how comfortable or not the ride is. Sitting in that seat for 3, 4, 5, 6+ hours is terrible for your overall health and well-being.

    OLDSKOOLERnWV Captain Redbeard

    Nov 29, 2011
    West Virginia

    When I bought my Kenworth the previous owner had bought a new low or short seat whatever it’s called. Keep in mind he was only about shoulder high to me.

    I tried to set in that seat and felt like my knees were up on each side of my head.

    I made a riser and put the new seat on the passenger side, it’s about right for my wife who is 5’-6”…..
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  10. North Pole Nightmare

    North Pole Nightmare Medium Load Member

    Dec 15, 2021
    I'm 6'2",driving a Cascadia.Put the seat cushion all the way forward then tilt the seat backwards, best I can get it in mine.I just swapped trucks and the square box in the middle of the windshield is annoying,gives me another blind spot to watch.I keep the seat raised all the way.
    At Schneider they had a seat ergonomics specialist at some of their terminals,help you get your seat set up what was best for you.
    I'd try to get into a t680,or 579 ,get a better ride.
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  11. Jumpman

    Jumpman Light Load Member

    May 13, 2021
    From the little bit of info released so far it does sound like the new Tesla trucks are very comfortable.
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