How the right posture and stretches can ease driving aches and pains

Planning a road trip? Or do you spend hours a day in your car for work? Find out how the right posture and stretches can ease driving aches and pains.

Whether you’re on the road for pleasure or work, aches and pains from sitting and driving for long periods can seem inevitable. But have you ever considered that how you’re sitting could be causing those sore joints and stiff muscles?

Using the proper driving posture isn’t just a good idea to keep in mind. Cars and their seats are designed to be used for maximum safety. In fact, in most circumstances, proper posture will also reduce the wear and tear on your body.If you spend all day behind the wheel, that could save hours of pain and discomfort.

Adjusting your seat, mirrors, and steering wheel for optimum safety and comfort is essential when driving. Safe and confident drivers are in control of their vehicles at all times. And that growing crick in the neck or tightening charlie horse in your thigh will not only cause discomfort—they can prove to be dangerous distractions. 

However, by following the proper driving posture guidelines below, you can ensure both safety and comfort on the road. Be sure to make all adjustments while you are safely parked. If you are making drastic adjustments, allow some practice drives in a safe location to get used to the changes. 

It may feel odd initially, but you can rest assured that these posture guidelines are designed to follow maximum safety and comfort specifications.

With that said, humans just aren’t meant to sit in the same position for hours on end. No matter how perfect your posture, smart stretching will always keep you limber and relaxed while on the road. Many stretches can safely be done on the road, while stuck in traffic, or at a stoplight. 

For those long drives, rest-area stretches can help boost blood flow and ease pain. These stretches are especially useful for people with arthritis, who are 87% more likely to be in a car accident due to distracting pain and stiffness. 

Driving doesn’t have to be a pain. A relaxing jaunt through the country or a nighttime ride downtown can be enjoyable activities. And for those who make a living behind the wheel, reducing fatigue behind the wheel helps ensure both safety and productivity.  

The next time you get behind the wheel, take a few minutes and work on your driving posture. Your body will thank you. 

Photo by Toni Tan