Day 15 PROS Posture Month – Best Driving Posture
Best Driving Posture
Car sitting posture – how does yours stack up?
To get the best driving posture it is important to have a few factors in mind. Most of us are in our cars daily, whether it is for work, driving children around, shopping or just to get from A to B. How many hours a day are you sitting in the car?
Having a good car or a car that is fairly new doesn’t always mean you are sitting in the car with the best driving posture. On the other hand, you may have to pay more attention to a car that is older and perhaps doesn’t have such good low back support.
Check out today’s video and find out if you have the Best Driving Posture
- Knee at level of hip or lower. This will allow your low back to maintain some normal forward curve. When the knee is above the hip, then the low back curve will be reduced, not allowing normal neutral alignment.
- Have some lumbar (low back) support. New cars tend to have this setting where you can adjust the support for your low back. Older cars may not have this feature, or if has been used for a prolonged period of time it can not be as effective. You can simply and effectively use a thin cushion in the small of your back to provide the necessary support.
- Shoulder over hip. This means that having your face in the steering wheel or leaning back too far are not good postures to be in.
- Hands on steering wheel. Hands should be no higher than shoulder level. Having your steering wheel at the right level means that your arms are sitting at shoulder level. When the steering wheel sits too high, then both shoulders will tend to hunch up and this may lead to neck and shoulder tension.
- Break often. If on a long trip, take a pit stop every hour. Pull over safely and exit the car to go for a short walk or do some stretches. Keeping hydrated will help you stay more alert.
The best driving posture depends not only on two things. Firstly, your car seat and secondly how you are sitting while driving. Finally, remembering to maintain that wonderful good posture. ‘
Happy driving everyone.
Let us know if you have any questions or would like us to check your car 🚗 seat posture when you are in the office next.
Lisa Smycz, chiropractor