More and more of us are spending increased lengths of time travelling in our cars. Sitting in incorrect positions for long distances can cause increased stress to the bodies muscles, joints and ligaments, and can result in pain and discomfort. It is therefore important to consider the following tips to ensure that your driving posture is correct, and excess stress to the body is avoided.
- The seat should be firm and well contoured to your body.
- Slightly recline your seat and use the lumbar support in the curve of your lower back.
- Your seat should be positioned so that you do not have to overreach to operate the pedals, a knee angle of approximately 45 degrees is recommended.
- Ensure your knees are at least level with or slightly below the hips, you can adjust this by tipping the seat forwards.
- Try to relax your shoulders, keeping a relaxed grip on the steering wheel.
- To limit the effects of whiplash injuries ensure the headrest is level with the top of your ears, or at least no lower then your eyes.
- Ensure that both your hands are on the wheel, avoiding resting one hand on the window.
- Take regular breaks when driving. Ideally stop every 1-2 hours to get out and gently stretch.