How are you driving?

Date: 31 October 2017

Back pain caused by driving is a very common problem that’s easily avoided. We caught up with some of the guys in our facilities team to talk about driving posture.

Kevin Johnson is a delivery driver, based at Fieldhead.

“My job is to deliver things like post, medicines, paper records and equipment.

“I drive all over the patch – Pontefract, Barnsley, Halifax – wherever things need to go.

“The key is to get yourself set up before you set off, nice and relaxed with a good upright posture.

“I’ve been doing full time for the best part of 10 years, driving five or six hours a day but never had a bad back”.

 

Before you set off
• Adjust the height of the seat so you can get a good view of the road
• Move the seat far enough forwards to reach the pedals easily
• Adjust the angle of the seat so that you’re supported along the full length of the thighs
• Make sure the seat is supporting the whole length of your spine up to shoulder level
• Check that the back rest is supporting the small of your back
• Adjust the steering wheel height so that you can reach it comfortably
• Make sure the head rest is at the right height
• Adjust your mirrors to suit you, rather than twisting and turning your back or neck.

Top tips to avoid back pain
• Move position often – even good posture can cause discomfort
• Drive with both hands on the wheel, this stops your spine from rotating
• Take frequent breaks as this will prevent bad posture from becoming painful
• Avoid spending more time than you need in the car – don’t use it as an office!

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