Do you get aches and pains after spending a long time driving a car? Taking an extra minute or two to adjust your vehicle’s seat before setting off can make the difference between a pleasant and painful trip. It can also help you avoid neck, shoulder, back, hip and leg problems. Just follow these six easy practices:
- Adjust the height of the seat so you can easily see out the front windshield and glance into your mirrors.
- Make sure you have enough headroom to sit up straight.
- Check to be sure you can reach the pedals without stretching.
- Adjust the seat so you can easily reach the steering wheel — but make sure it’s not in your lap.
- Place your hips and buttocks firmly and evenly against the seat and your shoulders against the top of the backrest.
- If you have bucket seats that adjust, tip the seat forward so it’s level. If the seat isn’t adjustable, use a wedge cushion, towel, or blanket toward the back of the seat to create a level sitting position.
Once you’re on your way, be sure to take a break every hour or two if you’re on a long road trip. Getting out of the car, stretching, and walking around for a few minutes can help you stay pain free, no matter where your travels may take you.