If you’re anything like us, you spend a lot of your time in your car, but ask yourself: is your seat in the perfect driving position for you? Is it comfortable? Could the wheel be a little bit lower? The back a little bit straighter? This guide is going to help you find your perfect driving position, and hopefully eradicate those aches and pains.
How do I change my driving position?
As cars get more and more advanced, they are being filled with knobs, levers and gadgets to help you find your perfect driving position. Some even have special ergonomic fabric to help keep you comfortable. Some of these features are more helpful than others, so we’ve listed the standard ways to make your driving position perfect for you.
- Bottom at the back – push your bottom as close to the back rest as possible, then adjust the seat so it’s pulled forward enough so that you can fully extend the clutch pedal while maintaining a slight bend in the knee.
- Shoulders at the back too – your shoulders should touch the backrest. Adjust the tilt so that your steering wheel is easy to reach with slightly bent elbows. Think back to your driving test, hands must be at 10 and 2! Test the steering wheel. When you turn it, do your shoulders touch the backrest? No? Adjust the steering wheel itself until they do. Also make sure you have a clear view of the dashboard when you do this.
- Think tall – set your seat as high as possible so you have unobstructed views to all sides and all displays.
- Cushy job – tilt your seat cushion so it’s easy to depress the pedals. Your thighs should gently rest on the cushion without exerting pressure.
- Fingers and thumbs – if you’re lucky enough to have an extending seat cushion, extend it so that your thighs rest on it until just above the knee. A rule of thumb is to have a gap of two or three fingers between the seat edge and the hollow of the knee.
- The obvious – adjust your lumbar support to fit your back in its natural state.
- Keep level headed – the centre of the headrest must sit higher than the driver’s ears in case of an incident or collision.
It’s worth going through this list a couple of times, as some alterations may affect others. Your new driving position may feel odd at first, but it will do wonders for your spinal health.
Keep in mind that changing your seating position will affect what you can see in your mirrors and your seatbelt. Adjust these too to make sure you’re really safe to drive.
This is all great advice to try out when you’re test driving a car; make sure that your new car is comfortable and able to adjust to your needs. Talk to your local Perrys dealership to find out about all the ergonomic options in our brand new cars.