How to Have Correct Posture While Driving
Did you know that the average American spends approximately the equivalent of 10 days per year commuting to work? That’s a lot of time to spend behind the wheel, and it doesn’t even count all the time spent running errands or carpooling to after-school activities around Jeannette and Delmont!
For this reason, it’s important that you find a car with a comfortable interior and a driver’s seat you can adjust to your liking. It’s also very important to have correct posture while driving around the greater Greensburg area.
Doing this will help you prevent muscle fatigue and skeletal strain, and can save you a lot of pain in the long-run. Check out our guide on how to have correct posture while driving, and contact Hillview Motors if you have any questions.
1.Put Your Feet Up
Align your feet properly with the pedals so that you have a 20- to 30-degree bend in your knees when in a neutral position. This will also keep a two-finger gap between your knees and the bottom of the seat, which improves blood circulation. Make sure to rest your left foot on the foot rest whenever possible to help support your back and pelvis.
2.Adjust Your Seat
Adjust your seat so that your hips and knees are in alignment, and so that your seat bottom is horizontal. If necessary, you can use a cushion to help raise your hips up. This will also help to reduce fatigue from road vibrations.
While you’re at it, raise the back of your seat to a 100-110 degree angle to avoid pain in your lower back. If your car comes with lumbar support, adjust it so that the support rests comfortably in the arch of your back. You can also easily buy a support or simply use a rolled-up towel.
3.Rest Your Head
Raise your headrest so that it’s even with the back of your head. Your head should be slightly tucked, like you’re holding an orange under your chin. When you’re shopping for a car, it’s also important to sit in the driver’s seat to make sure it’s the right size for you. If the back of the seat doesn’t reach the height of your shoulders, it might be too small and won’t properly protect your ribcage.
4.Check Your Steering Wheel
Lean back comfortably in your properly adjusted seat and reach for the steering wheel. You should have a 120-degree bend in your elbows when holding the wheel. To give your shoulder and neck muscles a break, hold the wheel at 7 o’clock and 4 o’clock.
5.Fix Your Mirrors
Here’s a tip! Once your seat is adjusted, so that you can have correct posture while driving, fix your mirrors. If what you can see through your side and rearview mirrors changes at any point, you know your posture is out of alignment and needs to be fixed!
Let’s Talk About Correct Posture While Driving
Taking a few moments to ensure you have the correct alignment while driving around Greensburg, Jeannette, and Delmont can make a big difference in preventing fatigue and protecting your muscles.
If you have any questions about how to have correct posture while driving, contact the team here at Hillview Motors and we’ll be happy to show you how to find the proper alignment in your vehicle.