If you suffer from back pain when driving, even the shortest journeys can be uncomfortable – and tedious longer journeys almost unbearable.
While in some cases it is almost inevitable, many motorists could endure unnecessarily unpleasant journeys simply because they have poor driving skills.
AXA PPP healthcare has given us eight tips that every driver should follow to make sure that every trip is as painless as possible.
Distribute back pain: experts give tips to avoid uncomfortable and painful car journeys
1. Do not solve back problems before you sit down
It's very easy to trigger a back problem before you even sit in the car because you have not gotten in properly.
If you have back problems, make sure to open the door fully each time you open the vehicle and hold the seat and headrest of the grab handle with one hand.
As you lower yourself into the car, keep your lower back straight, bend your knees, and sit on the edge of the seat facing out of the vehicle.
Then hold your legs together in a continuous motion and swing them over the threshold to rest your feet on the rug.
2. Adjust your seat height correctly
Some motorists think the seat height adjustment is clean so you can position yourself so that you can see enough over the steering wheel and feel that you are in a leading position.
However, many do not know that there is a way to relieve the back.
Ideally, the seat must be adjusted to a height that means that your hips are at the level of your knees.
3. You have to bend something in your arms
Some drivers want the seat pushed up to the windshield, while others prefer to stretch their legs in the compromise of the rear passengers.
But the experts say you should have the seat so far away that your elbows can bend 20 to 30 degrees when your hands are in the 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions on the bike.
If you have a car with range adjustment on the steering wheel – which today's most modern vehicles have – you should be able to find a comfortable setting.
4. Pedal distance is as important as the range to the steering wheel
The range adjustment on the steering wheel allows the driver not only to position the arms correctly, but also the legs.
AXA PPP Healthcare experts say your legs should be bent about 45 degrees when riding.
If the knees are bent too much, the back is pushed while stretching is stretched excessively, and the spine is not sufficiently supported. How to find the sweet spot.
Make sure that the backrest is in a position that supports your entire back, with your arms bent and your hips and knees at the same height
5. Use the adjustable lumbar support
Hold the seat in a position that naturally supports itself from the shoulders to the lower back.
Some cars have lumbar cushions that can be adjusted to promote the natural S-shaped curvature of the spine.
If this is not the case with your model, you can alternatively use a rolled-up towel and position it between the lower back and the seat for a similar effect.
6. Heading is the key
Be sure to change your headrest so that the center of the back of the head is aligned with the center of the pillow.
If you are sitting properly, the back of the head should be about an inch from the pillow.
Never remove the headrest as it protects your neck from whiplash injury in a car accident or sudden stop.
7. Mirror positioning is more than security
When you position your mirrors correctly, make sure you see clearly without straining your neck or back by avoiding unnecessary twisting or twisting of the spine.
8. Getting our right is as important as getting in
Follow the same movement as when boarding: fully open the door, swing both legs out of the car and keep the lower back straight.
This time you can use the top of the car door or the roof grab handle as extra leverage to pull yourself up.
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