Driving away back pain, communting in your used car
Do you drive a lot with your job and end up suffering from back or neck pain?
There could be up to 5.5 million drivers suffering whilst driving in the UK and spending money getting fixed.
Here are a few things to help prevent back pain:
- Adjust the driver’s seat and mirrors before each journey
- Each time you get in the car, your body is probably in a different position so it's worth ensuring the seat is in a comfortable position. Then you will need to realign the mirrors too so that you have the line of sight around the car. If you feel any form of strain in your neck or back, pull over and readjust the seats and start again.
- Sit comfortably
The benefits of a well-adjusted seat are outweighed if you don’t sit correctly. It is therefore important to sit back in the seat and up against the backrest so that your spine rests comfortably against the lumbar support and the seat back.
- Adjust the position of the steering wheel
Once seated, your hands should rest naturally on the steering wheel with a slight bend in your arms.
- Check the seat is in the right position to operate the pedals correctly
The seat position should be set up so that your feet rest naturally on the pedals. Wearing soft-soled shoes are recommended when driving, as high heels or thick soles limit the movement of the legs and feet. Not only can this cause tension in your legs, but it is also unsafe if the driver needs to react quickly.
- Take regular breaks
The human body isn’t designed to sit in one position for very long periods of time, so it is advisable to take regular breaks on longer drives and stretch the body out. Walk around - movement certainly helps.
When you test drive a used car, check to ensure that the car seat, steering wheel and mirrors all line up and you are comfortable. There's nothing worse than buying a car that you can't drive as the seating position is too uncomfortable.
If you need any help, give us a call on 01473 658091.
Simon Shield Cars Ltd, can help you find your next used car, finance available, part exchanges welcome. RAC Warranty available too.
Simon Shield Cars Ltd, Great Bricett, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 7DR