Driving Safety and Proper Seat Position
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Have you ever stepped out of your car after a long road trip only to find your neck and back in pain? Before you buy an expensive seat pad, you may want to reassess the position of the driver’s seat.
Because of our busy lives and focus on safe driving, proper seating position is often overlooked. But what most people don’t know is that driving in an incorrectly positioned seat can not only cause pain but can also result in poor car control and premature fatigue.
But proper seat positioning isn’t just about reducing pain, it should also maximize your visibility and your ability to react quickly to emergency situations. In addition to avoiding distractions and driving defensively, being seated comfortably is key to driving well and driving safely.
Follow these three easy steps to adjust your driver’s seat, but remember, always adjust before you drive.
1. Check Your Head Rest
If you’re like me, you probably don’t think about adjusting the headrest when you’re adjusting your seat, but it is an important safety feature on your car in the event of a crash. The headrest should be positioned so that it will fully support your head when you lean back.
2. Pay Attention to Your Arms and Elbows
In your normal driving position, you elbows should always be slightly bent when you’re holding your steering wheel. This will prevent your arms from becoming overextended during turns so that they don’t tire as quickly. Slightly bent elbows also give your airbag enough room to expand in the event of a crash.
3. Bend Your Knees and Plant Your Heels
When you press on the gas or brake pedal, your knees should always be slightly bent to prevent an injury in case of an accident. Your right heel should also be firmly planted on the floor so that you can shift your foot between the gas and brake pedal without lifting your whole foot.
For more on distracted driving prevention, check out the Tools and Resources section on Allstate.com.