Driving from Your Head to Your Toes

February 13th, 2019 by

You spend a lot of time in your car, but it can be a strain on your body if your seat isn’t adjusted properly. Spend five minutes adjusting your seat today to feel better tomorrow. 

 

Feet 

Sitting too close to the steering wheel can cause unnecessary injuries in an accident. To get the best distance from the steering wheel you must be able to fully extend the brake pedal while being as far away from the steering wheel as possible. Your knees should not be bent or locked when braking. 

 

Seat Height 

Your seat should be raised to have your hips at the same height or higher than your knees. This releases stress on your lower body and gives you a better view out your windshield. A two-finger gap between the backs of your knees and the seat is also ideal. If your seat does not get enough height for you a cushion can be added. Alternatively, if your head is very close to the ceiling after adjusting your seat your vehicle is too small for you. 

 

Back Angle 

The angle should be adjusted to be a comfortable angle for your personal preferences without hindering your driving capabilities. It should feel supportive of your lower back. 

 

Steering Wheel Height 

Your steering wheel should be a comfortable height and reduce muscle stress as much as possible. Steer lightly with both hands to reduce stress on one muscle over the other. 

 

Seatbelt 

Your seatbelt should be at a three-point angle, one at your shoulder and two at your hips. The belt should be across your pelvis instead of your stomach, and the shoulder strap needs to be diagonal across from your body without touching your neck or outside shoulder. 

 

 

Head Rest 

The middle of your headrest should match the middle of your head and be a finger width away from the cushion. Your earlobe and collarbone should line up. 

 

Happy driving! 

 

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