Exciting road trip coming up or just commuting to and from work by car everyday? Do you often find yourself with pain or stiffness after a long drive? Then you might want to pay some attention to your driving posture.
According to the American Driving Survey, the average American driver spends 294 hours behind the wheel every year. That is a significant amount of time spent in the seat of your car. Naturally, sitting in a fixed position for a long time is not good for your posture. However, there are some tips that can help you with your driving posture and prevent those stiff muscles.
The best position for your arms while driving is when you keep your elbows low and close to your body.
- Try to adjust your seat height as high as it can go without losing clear vision of the road. A seat that is too low can cause the pelvis to slouch and round the lower back. High seat adjustment will keep your pelvis in the neutral position and cause less stress to your joints and muscles. Keep in mind that safety is most important, so make sure that you can comfortably reach the foot pedals and that you have clear sight.
- Lumbar support helps you to preserve the neutral arch of your lower back. It depends on the car you drive whether or not you have adjustable back support built-in. If not, consider using a small pillow or a rolled up towel instead.
- The best position for your arms is when you keep your elbows low and close to your body.
- Keep your shoulders nice and straight by squeezing your shoulder blades together just a little bit. This will prevent you from slouching your shoulders.
- When you reached your destination: stretch! If you’re on a longer road trip, take breaks often enough and stretch. Taking breaks will also improve safety since it keeps you more alert.
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