Driving Tips to keep you Pain Free!
For most van drivers they spend more time in their can than anywhere else! All this time in the driving seat can cause problems though with incorrect driving position contributing to back, neck, shoulder and leg pain. Musculoskeletal problems are very common causing 7.5 million days off in 2011/2012 so read our tips below to make sure you steer clear of pain!
Before you go.
Raise the seat as high as possible and move it forward until the clutch and accelerator can be depressed easily, adjust the cushion tilt so the whole length of the thighs are supported.
Make sure the backrest supports the whole length of the back all the way until the shoulders.
The position of the headrest is important, make sure in your driving position your head is around an inch away from the support – this will help protect you from whiplash in the event of an accident.
When you’re parked up.
Regular breaks are a must for all van drivers and there are a few simple exercises you can do from the comfort of your driving seat.
Shrug your shoulders and circle back and forth.
Interlock your fingers and straighten your arms raise arms up to the roof and hold them there.
When your feet don’t need to be on the pedals put them flat on the floor and push with the balls of your feet to raise your heels.
Face forwards and lower your head ear to shoulder both sides, then face forward and look left and right to give your neck a well-deserved stretch.
Once you’re out the car.
Do a few simple stretches of your hamstrings, lower back and side, just copy the pictures below!
…And why not really treat your back and give it a massage with this cushioned massage back support !
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has a download available to keep all this information handy in your van – click here for details.
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17 June 2014
Written by Rivervale