Achieving the Right Driving Posture with Altered Seats28 June 2022
Back pain, stiffness in the neck, and aching shoulders are all symptoms of regular commuting wear and tear.There is an issue with the cars we use. Some automobile seats fail to properly fit the lower back’s curvature, causing the spine to be further strained. The lack of legroom and headroom in tiny automobiles may force some drivers to put their bodies in unnatural postures merely to drive the vehicle.
However, the vehicle isn’t always to blame. There are occasions when the problem is just a matter of how we are seated. The neck, back, shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers, legs, and feet can all be affected by improper driving posture. Bad posture can lead to persistent discomfort and, as a result, make you more susceptible to other injuries.
The good news is that you may ease many of the discomforts associated with poor posture by properly adjusting and altering the settings of the driver’s seat and mirrors. Custom vehicle seat conversions, van seat adaptations, and automobile seat adjustments are all services offered by Jamieson Autofit.The following is what we suggest you do.
Keep Your Back Straight
Move your buttocks forwards till they are as near to the seat back as you can get them. Aim to leave a space that is the width of two to three fingers between the back of your knees and the front of your seat. If the seat in your car does not let you sit in the most comfortable posture, a lumbar or back cushion may be of assistance.
Lift Your Hips Up
Adjust your “seat pan” (the portion you sit on) so that your thighs are supported throughout their whole length and your knees are slightly lower than your hips if at all possible. The “seat pan” is the section of the chair that you sit on. Your hips will open up as a result of this, which will also improve circulation to your back.
Don’t Sit Too Closely
It should not be difficult for you to reach the pedals, and you should be able to push them to the end of their range using your entire foot. The topic also involves safety concerns. According to a study, motorists whose chests were situated closer to the steering wheel had a considerably increased risk of suffering serious injuries to the head, neck, and chest in the event of a frontal or rear-end accident.
Elevate or Lower Your Seat
Seat height is one of the most frequently overlooked aspects of driving posture. Seat height adjustment was not widely available in automobiles in previous generations. Only forwards and backwards adjustments were available on the chairs, which were built for the “average” individual. Due to our physical characteristics, there is no such thing as an “average” human. Seat height adjustment is now standard equipment in an increasing number of automobiles.
There are a variety of issues that might arise from using the inappropriate seat height. As a result, your calves and legs and knees are put under unnecessary pressure. It can also make it difficult to look over the steering wheel and dashboard, resulting in neck pain and discomfort. Even the gauges and controls might be difficult to read.
Is there no way to alter the seat height in your vehicle? A cushion placed beneath your feet will help you get your hips and knees into proper alignment. However, you must be careful not to be raised too high by the cushion. If you want to see out the driver’s side window, you should not have to lower your head.
Jamieson Auto Fit has been delivering vehicle conversions and bespoke fit-out services to Australian vehicle owners and members of the automotive industry for more than 28 years.Get better seat functionality with vehicle seat alteration services from us. Call us to know more!