Just as posture is important to a healthy back and muscular system when sitting at work, it is equally as important while driving. Sitting in a car for long periods of time can aggravate back and hip problems, or create new ones. Looking for certain features in a car so it fits your body, and modifying your posture while you are in it will go a long way making your driving experiences more comfortable.
Shop for a car that fits the dimensions of your body, if possible. Look for seats that allow you to adjust the height and angle independent of one another, an adjustable steering wheel and a back rest that stops at about your shoulder height.
Check to make sure you have space between the backs of your knees and the edge of the seat while in a comfortable driving position
Roll up a towel and place it behind your lower back if the car has no lumbar support, advises Graciela M. Perez ScD, CPE. Remove any items from your back pockets so you are sitting level.
Move the seat as close to the steering wheel as you can to maintain a proper back curve, and ensure your knees are even with, or higher than, your hips while you are seated, says the Cleveland Clinic.
Develop a range of different driving positions, and change frequently so you aren’t in the same one for any length of time, says the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Sitting in the same position can cause discomfort, even if it is a good posture.
Hold onto the steering wheel with both hands except when shifting gears, but change hand position frequently to increase blood circulation and prevent fatigue, advises Graciela M. Perez, ScD, CPE