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What Should My Posture Look Like When Driving?

From a rigid back, tense neck, to achy shoulders, your daily commute can harm your body if you're not sitting the right way. Some car seats don't adequately accommodate the lower back curve, putting extra strain on your spine. And compact cars may lack enough legroom and headspace, forcing some motorists to squeeze their bodies into unhealthy forms to operate their vehicle. Often, it's how we sit that may hurt us later on! Studies have shown that poor driving posture can increase pressure in the neck, back, shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers, legs, and feet. Over time, inadequate posture could cause chronic pain and more severe injuries in car accidents.

 

Luckily, you can mitigate posture-related uneasiness by adequately adjusting your seat and your mirrors. Here are some crucial tips to follow!

Support Your Back

Move your tailbone as close to the back of the seat as possible. You should have 2-3 inches between the back of your knees and the front of your chair. 

Don't Sit Too Close

Your foot should be able to easily reach both pedals and press them down fully. However, make sure you aren't too close to the wheel. Drivers whose chests were positioned closely to the wheel were significantly more likely to experience head, neck, and chest injuries in front- and rear-end collisions.

Get The Right Height

Your seat should be high enough so that your eye level is at least three inches above the steering wheel while allowing ample room between your head and the roof.

Lean Back Slightly

You should also consider the angle at what you sit; it should be slightly larger than a vertical 90 degrees. At approximately 100-110 degrees, the seat will put the least amount of pressure on your back.

Lock Your Headrest

Most drivers often forget the headrest, but they are adjustable! The top of the headrest should be situated between the top of your ears and the crown of your head. The headrest is vital in overcoming whiplash injuries in the case of a rear-end collision. 

Modify Your Mirrors

To prevent neck strain, please make sure your rear-view and side mirrors are correctly adjusted; you should be capable of viewing the traffic behind you without having to crane your neck.

Take Breaks

If your occupation requires you to sit in a vehicle for long periods, fatigue will inevitably happen. We highly advise that you listen to your body and take a stretch break when needed! 

 

Please look no further than 26th Street Auto Center for more helpful tips and reliable automotive services. You can call us today at (310) 234-5631.

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