Ergonomics behind the wheel

The more time a people spend in a car, the more they must apply certain ergonomic measures to make sure they stay comfortable, healthy and safe.

Feet cramps, drowsiness on the neck and shoulders, back pains and stiff neck are all evitable discomfort that people experienced after long car rides. Those discomforts can be the result of a posture held on for too long or simply a bad one, stress or even pressure.

Here are six ways to help you have an ergonomic posture while driving:

  1. Car seat height

Adjust the height of your car seat in a way that your eyes can clear the steering wheel by at least three inches. Also, make sure that your head is not too close from the car roof.

  1. Seat position

A good position of the seat should allow perfect control of the pedals with your feet and not only with the tip of your toes.

  1. Seat tilt

The tilt of the seat should allow your tights to be held. You should not feel pressing behind your knee.

  1. Back

The back should be leaning on the back support and a straight posture should be favored. Make sure you do not tilt the seat to much toward the back.

  1. Steering Wheel

The car steering wheel should be 10 to 12 inches away from the sternum (middle of the chest). The height and the tilt of the steering wheel should allow you to grab it easily.

  1. Head Rest

Event though it is more a security feature than a comfort accessory, the head rest should be at the same height as the top of your head. The augmented surface of contact allows with your head makes a better support in case of impact.

Finally, if you have adjusted your driving stance do not forget to also adjust your mirrors consequently. If possible, try to get out of the vehicle to stretch every hour or so.

Be safe!