One of the most important things a driver can do to stay safe behind the wheel is maintain good posture. Unfortunately, the vast majority of motorists become reckless with their driving-stance over time. They sit in contorted positions, and constantly multitask with their limbs. Ultimately putting their lives in danger by sitting in clumsy positions.
Good Posture Saves Lives:
Automotive Expert Cam VanDerHorst suggests that when getting into the driver’s seat, “it’s important to make sure that you’re sitting as far back in the seat as possible. Ensure that your back is straight, and perpendicular to the car’s chassis with your entire back touching the seat. In addition, the top of your headrest and the top of your head should be even.” Here are a few tips on how to maintain good posture when driving:
1. DO Stretch Your Muscles Before Sitting Down:
The last thing anyone needs right in the middle of driving his muscle cramps. That’s why it’s necessary to make sure your body’s limber before long commutes. A quick stretch can help you stay relaxed no matter how long you spend behind the wheel.
2. DON’T Sit in a Way that Strains Your Spine:
A lot of drivers develop the habit of leaning and bending as they spend time in a car seat. Instead of sitting straight, they rest on the center console or hunch forward. The ideal way to sit in a car is with a straight spine. Raise your back so that you can see the road without having to arch your neck.
3. DO Adjust the Height/Tilt of Your Driver’s Seat:
Good posture in a car seat isn’t just about what you do with your body. The seat itself also needs to be optimized. Before embarking on a journey, shift the driver’s seat so that your legs can reach the pedals comfortably. Also raise and tilt the seat in a way that provides good visibility and lumbar support.
4. DON’T Ignore the Position of Your Headrest:
The vast majority of drivers never take the time to adjust the headrest on a car seat. Yet the headrest also has an impact on spinal curvature and overall comfort. Avoid driving with a headrest which is too low, or too high. Position it so that your head can be cradled without interfering with your line-of-sight.
5. DO Adjust Your Mirrors Ergonomically:
The way rearview mirrors are tilted also contributes to whether or not drivers maintain good posture in a car seat. Mirrors should be angled so as to allow for minimal neck-turning during driving. Always check your mirrors to make sure that they don’t force you into stretching as you drive.
Driving can get so routine that it becomes dominated by muscle-memory. But no matter how much experience you have as a driver, never allow yourself to be complacent with posture. It might not seem like your posture makes much of a difference, but every single safety measure helps to keep the roadways safe. Good posture means you’ll be able to react when sudden hazards emerge out of the blue. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!