If you travel for long enough, you’re guaranteed to end up feeling a bit stiff, and for people with musculoskeletal disorders, increased stiffness and pain can set in after much shorter periods of time than usual. 

The vehicles that we drive form part of the problem. Some cars lack legroom or headspace and some car seats don’t support the lower back properly. All of this means that drivers must maintain uncomfortable positions in order to operate the vehicle. Sitting in the same position for long periods of time, coupled with vibrations from the steering wheel can contribute to this and bad posture when driving can result in back pain, making you vulnerable to further injuries. 

Luckily, it is possible to alleviate much of this posture-related driving discomfort with some small adjustments.

Take Regular Breaks

Sitting in a car is similar to sitting in an office chair, you should try to take breaks often. Make sure that you actually get out of the vehicle and carry out small stretches. Even when sitting correctly, fatigue will begin to set in after a long period of time, so taking breaks is important.

Position Your Seat & Yourself Correctly

It sounds obvious, but positioning your seat correctly plays a major role in maintaining good posture while driving. You should be positioned so that your eye level is at least 3 inches above the steering wheel whilst leaving enough headroom. The back of the seat should be angled so that you do not have to bend your neck to look forward. Your lower back should be as close to the back of the seat as possible, adjust the lumbar support where possible so that it fills the arch of your back – you can also use a rolled-up towel. The seat part of the chair should support your thighs fully, leaving your knees slightly lower than your hips. You should be far enough away from the dashboard that you can comfortably reach everything and depress the pedals through their entire range of movement whilst ensuring that your chest maintains a safe distance from the steering wheel. 

Adjust Your Mirrors

Make sure that your mirrors are adjusted correctly so that you do not have to crane your neck to see the traffic. The inside mirror should be set so that you can see the entire rear window. You should not have to move your head when using the interior mirror. The side-view mirrors should be positioned so that you just see the side of the car and so that the horizon is in the middle. All mirrors should be adjusted whilst you are in your driving position and after you have adjusted your seats, otherwise, you may need to adjust them again. 

Watch a Video on Driving Posture

According to the British Chiropractic Association, 25% of people questioned in a consumer survey felt that driving was one of the factors affecting their posture. Watch a short video below for some advice from the British Chiropractic Association on driving and posture.

More Help & Advice from the Professionals at Backworks

At Backworks, we look not only at diagnosing and treating your complaint but at getting to the root cause of the problem, what caused it in the first place and how to stop it from reoccurring. If you are unsure whether chiropractic care can help you, then call us now on 01702 342329 and our chiropractor would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.