Yes, Your Driving Posture Matters!
Even though we don’t think about it often, driving in a vehicle can have a significant impact on our bodies. Many of us drive on a daily basis, whether we are driving to work, to school, or to run errands. Some of us even drive longer distances, whether we live far from work or family, or we enjoy the occasional road trip. Whether you are driving for 15 minutes or 2 hours, your driving posture matters.
The human body was not designed to sit in chairs, especially for long periods of time. When driving, we can sit for hours at a time without much movement. In order to protect our bodies, we must sit with the correct posture. Failing to do so can result in spine injuries.
When it comes to your driving posture, focus on your back. Adjust yourself so that the bottom of your spine, also known as your tailbone, is pressed against the seat. You should also have a decent gap between your knees and your seat. This way of sitting should help keep your spine straight, without straining.
Next, make sure your mirrors are correctly aligned. You should be using your mirrors to safely navigate your way between lanes. If your mirrors are not correctly aligned, you can put extra strain on your neck. Check your mirrors and the posture of your neck before pulling out of the driveway.
All car seats come with a headrest, so make sure to use it. Resting your head while you drive can reduce the amount of stress on your neck. Using your headrest can also play a significant role in preventing whiplash in the case of an accident. Your headrest should be positioned above your ears, but below the actual top of your head.
Now that you know how to achieve a proper driving posture, you’re ready to hit the road. Shop for pre-owned vehicles at NYC Motorcars of Elmont to find the perfect car for your lifestyle! For more information, call us today at 516-986-0050.