Driving for work

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​If your job involves a lot of driving, it is important that you optimise your driving position to reduce the likelihood of it causing aches and pains. Equally, if you are suffering from a musculoskeletal condition (joint and muscle pain), sitting incorrectly in your vehicle could make your pain feel worse.

We would recommend making the following adjustments before you set off:

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  1. Raise the seat to a comfortable height.
  2. Make sure the seat is far enough forward that you can fully press down on the pedals without having to stretch your legs and are able to reach all the hand controls comfortably.
  3. Tilt the seat cushion to support the full length of your thighs, but without putting pressure on the back of your knees.
  4. Adjust the backrest so it is supportive of your spine, providing even pressure at the base of your back.
  5. Adjust the steering wheel so it is comfortably in reach, your shoulders should be relaxed and your elbows slightly bent.
  6. Ensure the headrest is in position and supportive, it shouldn't be pushing your head into a forward positon.
These ergonomic checks should be done each time you get in your vehicle, and adjustments can be fine-tuned as necessary.

Other helpful tips
  • Change your posture regularly - there isn't a position that is comfortable for long periods of time.
  • Take regular breaks to get out, stretch, and move around.
  • Do not use your car as an office.
  • Inform your manager if you are experiencing  any discomfort or pain whilst driving. 

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