Did you know that the average commute is approximately 30 minutes one way? That’s one hour a day or almost 10 days per year! Sitting behind the wheel for prolonged periods may cause muscle fatigue and strain over time. That’s why we’ve created a guide to the ideal driving posture.
This is how your driving posture effects your spine.
This is Dr. Clark’s Guide For The Ideal Driving Posture.
These seven easy adjustments to create the ideal driving posture can help lessen those effects.
Rest your left foot on the foot rest whenever possible to support your pelvis and back.
Position your seat so you have a 120-130 degree bend in your knees when in a neutral position. Improve blood circulation by keeping a two-finger-gap between the bottom of your seat and your knees.
Bring your seat height up so your hips are level with your knees and your seat bottom is horizontal. Using a cushion or wedge can also help decrease turbulent road vibrations.
Raise the back of your seat to a 100-120 degree angle to avoid disc compression. Adjust your lumbar support (if available) to rest comfortably in the arch of your back. Buy a support if necessary.
Adjust the headrest so it’s even with the back of your head. Sit with your shoulders and head back to lengthen your spine. Your head should be somewhat tucked, like you’re slightly holding a ball under your chin.
Once in the appropriate position, be sure to adjust the mirrors if your visibility has changed.
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Adjustments for the ideal driving posture