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Driving Ergonomics, Tips for maintaining ergonomics in the driver’s seat

Driving & Ergonomics

One of the classic definitions of ergonomics is “the science of designing user interaction with equipment and workplaces to fit the user”

The most comfortable positions are those in which our joints are in neutral. Typically this means each side of the body (right, left, front and back) is equally weighted.

If you drive for a living, are in charge of fleet safety or even simply drive to and from work each day, consider the following driving ergonomics tips:

  1. Is your seat all the way back in the car’s seat (ie., both sides of your back contacting the seat equally)
  2. Is the seat positioned so that you can reach the pedals with a “soft” knee
  3. Are your elbows at a relaxed angle, or are they closer to 90 degrees
  4. Is the back of your head in contact with the headrest or is your head poking forward
  5. Is the top of the headrest higher than your head (This one is usually a challenge for the taller driver)

Ergonomic tip: never sit on your wallet. The low back, hips and pelvis will be uneven and will ultimately cause back pain while driving.

The most comfortable positions are those in which our joints are in neutral. Typically this means each side of the body (right, left, front and back) is equally weighted.

All these are straightforward when you stop to think about them. But most of us are usually in a hurry and our minds are usually on something else! What often happens is that we end up adjusting ourselves to our environment – rather than our environment to us.

It can be useful to stop and examine our habitual patterns from time to time: we spend a lot of time in the car, at the computer, talking on the phone – all without any thought as to whether our position is truly comfortable.

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