How to Adjust Seating to the Proper Position for Driving | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

How to Adjust Seating to the Proper Position for Driving  | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

Driving can create significant stress to the neck and the upper and lower back. Safety is always the number one concern when driving, but you want to be comfortable in your seat to prevent unncessary pain.

Drive cars that fit your body properly and have seats that support your whole body. Never make adjustments that obstruct your vision. So how do you adjust your seats to the proper position for driving?

Proper Seating Adjustment and Other Tips:
It is easier to start with a seat that is in the wrong position and then adjust it to the correct position. Start by pushing your seat all the way back, place it as low to the floor as possible, and recline the back by 30 to 40 degrees.

Bring the seat height up until you can comfortably see the road in front of you and your hips are even with your knees. If you are having trouble seeing over the steering wheel try adding a cushion to the seat.

  • Scoot the seat forward so you can reach and completely depress all the foot pedals without coming away from the seat back.
  • Bring the back forward until you are reclined at a 100-110 degree angle. This decreases the pressure on the discs in your lower back. Adjust your headrest so it rests in the middle of your head. Adjust the lumbar support so you have even back support. This should be supportive and comfortable. A lumbar cushion can be added if your car lacks sufficient lumbar support.
  • Tilt seat cushion until it evenly supports your entire thigh without pressure in particular areas and does not hit the back of your knees. If it presses unevenly you can restrict circulation and cause discomfort in the legs.

Your Seatbelt, Steering Wheel, and Mirrors are Equally Important
Your seat belt is just as important as your seat. Adjust the seat belt to fit you instead of adjusting your seat to fit the seatbelt.

Bring the steering wheel down and towards you to minimize reach. The less your elbows have to reach forward and up the less the strain it has on your neck and back. Plus, hold the wheel at 9 and 3, instead of the traditional 10 and 2. This will allow your shoulder muscles to relax. 

Don't forget to adjust your mirrors. If you have to slouch, strain your neck, or move your body to see the mirrors, they're probably in the wrong position. Adjust your mirrors to allow you to see as much as possible without straining your body.

Some Dos and Don'ts
Make minor adjustments to your position occasionally to change the stressors on your body. Be sure to stay in a supported position and change your grip on the wheel occasionally.

Do not use the car as an office. Using your laptop on the other seat will twist your spine and if you bend over to fill out paperwork it'll cause your neck to flex forward unsafely. Do your best to not store items in your backseat as it'll create awkward movements for your body if you need to reach behind your seat.

And when you step out of the car, stretch a bit before lifting heavy things from the trunk.

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