Correct Posture Tips While Driving
Here at Faulkner Volkswagen, we’d like to share a few tips and tricks to maintain the correct posture while driving. If you run into any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Why Is Driving With Correct Posture So Important?
Think back to your last road trip. How did it feel stepping out the car after a few solid hours of driving? While experiencing slight stiffness is completely normal, prolonged aches and pains might be contributed to how you choose to sit.
If you tend to drive every day, this temporary discomfort can transform into long term health issues. Poor circulation, blurred vision, and chronic back pain can all be attributed to bad posture while sitting.
The good news is that by properly adjusting your VW’s seat and mirror, you can usually avoid any short-term or long-term damage.
Step #1: Check Your Height
Once you buckle up, check to make sure your eye level is at least 3 inches above the steering wheel. If you’re a tall driver, this shouldn’t be too difficult. Next, adjust your headrest, so it gently caresses the spot where your neck and skull align.
Finally, adjust your hips, so your thighs are fully supported by the seat bottom. Your knees should rest slightly lower than your hips. This is to ensure circulation while preventing your legs from falling asleep.
Step #2: Lean Back
You should be able to fully depress the pedals with your entire foot, so adjust your seat to where your legs are comfortably extended. Pay attention to the amount of space between the steering wheel and your chest, as well.
Sitting too close to the wheel can cause serious injury if you’re ever involved in a collision. To help release pressure off your spine, tilt your seat backwards at least 100 to 110 degrees.
Be careful not to lean too far. Doing so causes your head and neck to protrude forward.
Step#3: Set Your Mirrors & Lumbar Support
To help prevent neck strain, position your rear-view and side mirrors, so you don’t have to turn your head. Not only does this reduce fatigue, it also keeps you safe when merging into traffic.
If your Volkswagen comes with adjustable lumbar support, set it so you feel an even pressure from your tailbone to your shoulder blades. You also can use a special driving pillow for a similar effect.
Step#4: Take Regular Breaks
This especially is important when undertaking a long road trip with minimal stopping points. Plan to take a break every couple of hours. Exit your vehicle and lightly stretch, giving your body enough time to reset.
Learn More Driving Tips From Faulkner Volkswagen
Here at our Volkswagen dealership, we make it our personal mission to help Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg residents get the most out of driving.
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to stop by or contact us online!