The Importance of Your Driving Posture
Driving can be very hectic. Heavy traffic, road rage and the Danfo that just cut you off without a pointer can all contribute to the way you feel while in transit. But there are other factors that can make your daily commute less delightful – the way you sit while driving a car is paramount to whether it causes you back, shoulder or neck pain.
What feels comfortable for one person might cause other pain. It’s crucial to find a comfortable and supportive position for you.
Here are a couple of tips about driving posture, so you can stop itching to get there on time and start enjoying your rides…
Let the seat do the work.
Do you struggle to see clearly when you drive? Are you straining forward? Your seated position should be supporting an upright spine. Try moving your seat closer or further away from the steering wheel. The least amount of lower back disc pressure occurs when the seat is reclined about 30 degrees. Also make sure you aren’t sitting too high or too low from the steering wheel. When your seat is adjusted properly, you should be able to sit back and allow the seat to support you in your best alignment.
Try to relax your arms
Your arms should not be overstretched when you’re driving. They should be relaxed with a gentle bend in the elbow. Or consider using the arm rests on either side of you to help take the load off your shoulders and spine.
For most people, the back of your head should be touching the head rest with your chin level and shoulders back. Think about elongating the spine as you drive.
Put your hands at 4 and 8 O’Clock of the steering wheel
This hand position provides the shoulder and neck with more support than the 10 and 2 O’Clock position you were taught in driving school.
Position your mirrors correctly.
You shouldn’t be adjusting your mirrors very frequently. If you have gotten the right adjustments then you should just stick with it. If notice yourself steadily adjusting the mirrors on your commute home, it could be a sign that you’re starting to slump throughout the day.
Take breaks during long drives.
You should not be driving more than two hours without taking a short break to stretch and get your blood circulating. It’s no secret that sitting for a prolonged amount of time is bad for your health!
Try a lumbar support pillow.
You should consider using a lumbar pillow if there’s a gap between the seat and your lower back when you drive. This can help ease lower back pain and support the natural curve of your spine.
Set up your car to work for you and practice good driving techniques. Driving shouldn’t be more