April 17, 2009
Correct Seating & Driving Position
On the road nowadays, we see drivers with different seating positions and different ways of holding the steering wheel. What is the correct seating and driving position a driver can adopt?
Here are some useful ways that can help a driver remain focused, alert and feel better where your posture is concerned, and safer when taking control of the steering wheel:
1. The backrest of the seat must be adjusted so that your shoulder blades are resting against the back of the seat, your lower back fits the seat and your bottom tucked firmly into the bend of the seat. Many like to have their seats way back which would not support their backs and may cause injury to the spine when driving long distance.
2. Adjust the seat ( if the car seat can be tilted) so that your thighs are supported by the seat. The seat cushion should be close to the back of your knees. Make sure that the seat is in a position where your leg is slightly bent when you press the foot pedals to the floor.
3. If the steering wheel can be leveled up and down, it should be adjusted to the level where the wrists of both arms when stretched out are directly over the top of the steering wheel. Your arms should be bent when you are holding the steering wheel at the ten-to-two or quarter-to-three position. Make sure your thumbs are pointed straight up and not tuck inside the steering wheel to prevent from dislocating your thumb in the event of a rear-end collision impact.
4. The head rest acts as a restraint in the case of a crash or accident. It must be leveled so that it is centered at the base of the skull and is as close as possible to the back of your head. Adjustments to the head rest is important as you can prevent whiplash injuries, whereby the head is suddenly thrown backwards after a rea-end collision.