While many parents are concerned about the safety and comfort of their children in transit, few give thought to their own comfort.
Indeed, many drivers will never give much thought to how they sit while driving; however, proper posture is an important aspect of safe driving and pain management for those who regularly commute or drive for a living.
Join Set Safety as we highlight how to properly set your driver’s seat to minimize stress on your body and keep you safe on the roads! (For more safe driving tips, check out Set Safety’s online defensive driving courses!)
Bring your seat up to a height where you can comfortably see the road and your instrument panel. Be sure not to bring your seat up too high to minimize any bending of your head. Try to keep your hips at the same level as your knees (add a cushion if need be), as this will reduce stress on your knees and other joints.
Move your seat forward to a place where you can completely depress the pedals without having to pull your back away from the seat.
Bring the back of the seat forward until you are reclined at a 100-110 degree angle, which will decrease the pressure on the discs in your lower back.
Lastly, tilt your seat cushion until you have even pressure throughout your thighs and a space behind your knees. If there is no space it can limit blood flow to the lower extremities, causing leg discomfort.
Adjust The Headrest
Adjust your seat’s headrest so that it rests in the middle of your head. You should be able to place your head on the headrest without having to lean forward or backward.
Adjust The Steering Wheel
Bring your steering wheel to a position where you don’t have to stretch to reach it. Your elbows should not be fully extended. Minimizing the amount that your elbows need to lift forward and up will reduce strain on your upper back and neck. To reduce stress on your shoulders, try to hold the steering wheel closer to the bottom of the wheel.
Adjust The Mirrors
Adjust your mirrors so you can comfortably see in all of them. If you start to feel like you can’t see out of your mirrors properly, you’re probably slouching and need to adjust your posture.