Efficient Driving Posture.
Sitting incorrectly puts almost twice as much pressure the lumbar spine (lower back) causing strain on the soft tissues and facet joints and excess
pressure on lumbar discs. Over time Lumbar Erector Spinae (stabilising muscles) become weak and fatigued which make the lower back prone to injury such as
joint sprains and disc herniations which may end in a painful, miserable holiday.
So, how to prevent this disaster? It is all about aiming to keep the natural curvatures in the spine.
Adopt a positive posture:
Think about your posture as you drive –if you practise the tips below they will soon become a habit:
1. Keep your chin in.
2. Avoid gripping the wheel too tightly as this tenses your muscles and adds to stress.
3. Relax your shoulders.
4. Keep your head upright.
Buttocks should be all the way back in the seat.
Have a good lumbar support.
You should feel like your pelvis is tilting slightly forward and a forward arch in your lower back.
Thoracic spine should be able to rest on the upper back of the chair.
Knees should aim to be level with the hips.
9. By having a good lumbar support your lower back will not only thank you but also your neck and shoulders as it naturally lifts the chest and stops the
shoulders rolling forward.
1. •Adequate leg length -ensure thighs are adequately supported and that the seat base is not too short or too long.
2. •Adequate base width – ensure seat base is wider than hips and thighs
3. •Adequate height adjustment of seat base.
4. •Feet can operate pedals without stretching
5. •All controls are easily reache
6. •Good all round vision
1. •Back rest height – ensure height of back rest reaches the shoulders and does not obstruct ‘rearward vision’.
2. •Back rest width – ensure wide enough to support shoulders.
1. •The back rest should provide continuous, gentle support along the length of the back and an adjustable lumbar support may help to achieve this, but be
careful -many do not offer full adjustment, resulting in pressure points or gaps.
2. •An adjustable lumbar support with ideally up/down and in/out adjustment.
3. •Always ensure the lumbar support ‘fits’ your shape and is comfortable.
4. •If your seat lacks support, try using a lumbar roll.
1. •An adjustable steering wheel (in/out, up/down and tilt).
2. •Power steering.
3. •Ensure steering wheel is centrally positioned and not ‘off-set’ to prevent rotation of the spine.