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Ways to Make Over-the-Road Driving More Comfortable

Ways to Make Over-the-Road Driving More Comfortable

If you enjoy traveling, driving over-the-road in a semi-truck can be an ideal life. But without the right equipment, there may be times it’s not as comfortable as you would like. When you spend most of your time on the road, nothing is as important as making sure that your rest and relaxation time is comfortable. Thankfully, there are several ways to make your experience on the open road more enjoyable and relaxing.

High Quality Mattress

Of all the ways to make over-the-road driving more comfortable, the most important thing to consider is getting the best sleeping experience you can. When traveling and driving over-the-road, you will eventually need to stop and take a break. If you are driving a semi-truck, you are most likely sleeping on a truck mattress. For many truckers, this means sleeping on the OEM mattress in their truck.

If you are making long hauls across the county, you will want to make sure you have a comfortable and durable mattress. You might already have a mattress in mind or feel that an OEM mattress from a tractor trailer manufacturer will be good enough. However, there are many comfort and durability issues that can come from using these factory-issued mattresses. A high-quality truck mattress is all that stands between a restful night of sleep and a bought of insomnia while out on the road.

With a SleepDog® mattress, you can rest in comfort. SleepDog® offers two lines of mattresses, the Bigdawg Mattress ™ and SleepDog® mattress, which are made to give you the best possible rest on the road. These mattresses are made to resist common wear points in cheaper or stock mattresses and are made with better supporting memory foam, cooler material, and thicker, more comfortable padding.

SleepDog® mattresses come in all standard sleeper bunk sizes and carry standard mattress sizes for upgrades or replacements. If you have questions about which mattress is the best fit for your semi-truck sleeper, one of our representatives would be happy to help you.

Space and Organization

When traveling for long distances over the road, it is important to consider maximizing comfort by having proper space usage and good organization. Whether you are driving over the road in a tractor trailer truck or an RV, you will need to make sure you have room to make yourself relaxed when you need to sleep. Having places to keep all your belongings out of the way will help declutter and make your sleep or resting time more enjoyable. At the end of the day, you will feel less distracted and less cramped.

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Décor and Feeling at Home

An important factor to quality sleep when traveling is feeling at home. When in new or different places, especially for the first time, it can sometimes be difficult to get the best sleep or relaxation needed. A helpful way to cope is to make sure your sleeping or living space feels like home. This can be as simple as having things with you that remind you of home. Another option is to bring decorations and furnishings to make your living space feel like a home away from home. You might also consider some nice amenities, such as a small TV or other entertainment devices.

Many semi-trucks with sleeper cabins feature spaces with dedicated outlets for amenities like a TV. Some even come equipped with a foldout desk and workspace. Most tractor trailer manufacturers offer a variety of packages for sleeper cabins that make it easy to decorate and add amenities.


With these key aspects of comfort in mind, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting poor sleep or not feeling relaxed while driving over-the-road on those long trips. Having a quality semi mattress, good organization, and feeling at home should make your trips stress and insomnia free.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I organize my semi-truck?

Keeping designated spaces for your belongings and equipment will help prevent clutter and keep your cabin space more enjoyable. We suggest labeling bins and racks to keep you more organized and less distracted by disorder while on the road. Whether you are driving a semi-truck or RV, keeping your cabin and sleep space organized will life on the road easier.

How do I organize my sleeper berth?

Your sleeper berth is your space to rest, relax, and unwind while you are on the road. With any sleeping space, whether it be a bedroom or a sleeper berth, it is important to keep your space organized to minimize stress and maximize the quality of your sleep. The best way to keep your sleeper berth organized is to keep everything in clearly designated spaces and leave out only what is essential. If there is something that you may need to access quickly, keep it near your bed. Otherwise, tuck it somewhere out of the way where you can access it easily when needed.

Keeping comfort in mind, it is also important to have a good quality mattress. If it’s time for a mattress upgrade, a SleepDog® or BigDawg mattress™ are two of your best upgrade options.

What should you carry in a semi-truck?

You never know what will come up when you are out on the road. With that in mind, here are a few of our favorite things to keep stocked in your semi-truck:

  • Essential tools (wrench, hammer, screwdrivers, pliers)
  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Pocket Knife
  • Tire pressure gauge (this is helpful for anyone to have, truck and car drivers alike)
  • Cleaning products (Brake cleaner, window cleaner, all purpose interior cleaner)
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