If you own a fleet of busses or if you are responsible for managing the municipal busses in your area, you occasionally will need to replace a driver's seat. This is an expense where pricing should not be your first consideration. Choosing an inexpensive seat may save you money in the short term; in the long run, it's better to invest in quality.
Here's a look at why.
The comfort of your drivers should be one of your first priorities. That isn't just to coddle or indulge these workers. It's much more than that. When people are physically comfortable, that links to emotional happiness. Happiness in turn has been known to increase productivity.
2. Health Benefits
In addition, when you invest in an ergonomic seat, your bus drivers get the comfort they need to safely spend hours sitting down. Quality seats have features that allow them to absorb the bumps in the road—otherwise the bumps go straight to the driver's back, legs and bum.
Back pain costs business owners over $8 billion last year, and if you want to minimise the risks of your drivers taking time off due to a bad back, you need to provide them with the support that they need, literally.
3. Lower Long-Term Maintenance Costs
When you invest in a quality chair, you get a chair that's designed to last the test of time. In contrast, a cheap chair may need more repairs, and in some cases, it may even need to be replaced sooner than the budget allows.
Investing in quality, in contrast, helps you save money in the long run because you can avoid repairs and early replacements. Note, however, that a big price tag doesn't necessarily indicate quality. It's also important to read reviews of different bus chairs and their manufacturers.
Some quality manufacturers of seats for bus drivers also make seats for passengers or truck seats. For instance, ISRI seats made by Isringhausen are designed for the needs of the driver, but the company also makes seats for passengers. That way, there is visual continuity on your bus system.
5. Extra Features
Many companies also design extra safety features into their bus seats. That may include three-point harnesses which tend to be more secure than traditional lap and shoulder restraints used in vehicles. In other cases, you may get convenient features such as upholstery that is stain resistant or patterns that hide dirt.