Correct Posture Tips While Driving


A sore back and stiff neck are just unavoidable drawbacks to long car rides, right? Not necessarily. In truth, most aches and pains can be greatly reduced by simply paying attention to the way you’re seated.

At Faulkner Nissan Jenkintown, we want all Jenkintown, Abington, and Glenside drivers to have the best experience while driving our line of Nissan models. To learn a few tips on how to maintain the correct posture while driving, continue reading our brief guide below!

Driving Posture

What Is the Correct Posture While Driving?

If you spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel, the everyday bumps of the road can really start to add up. Not only does poor posture make for a less enjoyable ride, it can lead to chronic pain, blurred vision, and even blood clots.

Fortunately, with a little bit of time and mindfulness, you can train yourself to sit properly, both behind the wheel and as a passenger. 

Correct posture should look and feel natural. Here’s a few tips to help you accomplish this goal:

  • Car Driving posture

    Tip #1:  Support Your Spine

    Although most modern vehicles have lumbar support built into the seats, you’ll still need to pay close attention to how you’re seated. Make sure your tailbone is fully touching the seatback. You might need a back cushion to achieve this part.

    Leave space between the seat bottom and the back of your knees. You want your hamstrings fully supported, with your knees resting slightly lower than your hips.

  • Car Posture

    Tip# 2: Lean Back a Bit 

    Sitting at a 90-degree angle can feel exhausting after a while. To provide a little relief, tilt your seatback about 10 degrees. Make sure not to lean too far back––overextending can push your neck unnaturally forward. The back of your skull should gently touch the headrest without needing to tilt your neck.  

    The top of the headrest should align with the top of your ears. This helps reduce the chance of whiplash if you’re ever involved in a collision.

  • Car Steering

    #Tip 3: Get the Right Height

    Your ideal height should be at least three inches higher than the top of the steering wheel. If you’re a taller driver, try your best to leave a few inches between your head and the cabin roof.

    Regardless of height, all drivers should avoid sitting too close to the steering wheel. This primarily is a safety concern. Your legs should be extended with a slight bend at the knee. This helps maintain blood flow and reduce the chance of your legs falling asleep.

  • Check Side Mirrors

    Tip #4: Check Your Mirrors

    The last thing you want is to continually have to crane your neck every time you need to merge or make a turn. Adjust your side mirrors, so you can clearly see behind you without having to turn your head too far.

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