Many people experience chronic pain in their backs, hips, and shoulders. If you’re one of them, perhaps it’s time to consider the way you sit while you drive.
Whether you commute for 20 minutes or 2 hours, it’s a good idea to check in with your posture and make sure driving isn’t causing you pain.
5 Adjustments for Optimal Driving Posture
- Hands: You should always have both hands on the wheel (unless you drive a manual). As your commute goes on, adjust your hand placement frequently. This will help promote healthy circulation.
- Knees and Legs: Position your legs in a way that allows you to reach the pedals comfortably. Avoid putting pressure behind your knees, and try to get them level with your hips. If it’s difficult to keep them level, try placing a blanket under your hips.
- Lower Back: Many people tend to round their backs while driving. Many new cars have adjustable lower back support to keep your lumbar (lower back) from arching forward. If your car doesn’t have this feature, try placing a small pillow or rolled-up towel behind your back. Don’t go overboard, though. If you feel a jabbing sensation in your lower back, the blanket is likely too thick.
- Seat Position: Your seat should be as high as if can comfortably go. Make sure your head doesn’t hit the roof, your feet reach the pedals, and that you have good vision of the road.
- Elbows: Some people have a tendency to flare out their elbows, but it’s best to keep them low and close to your body.