Monday 19 August 2019

Seven steps to ease 'bad back' stress while driving

Bring your seat all the way up so it is straight
Bring your seat all the way up so it is straight
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

We get so many queries each week about the best cars to take stress off bad backs, so I thought the following seven-step guide* might be helpful for use with your current motor:

1. Try to sit so your thighs are as parallel to the floor as possible. Get your hips higher than your knees if you can. Adjust thigh support (if you have it) in the seat.

2. The experts say you should be able to push the pedals to the floor with a bend in your knees.

3. Bring your seat all the way up so it is straight - then take it back until you are comfortable. Keep a 110-degree angle between your back and thighs.

4. Adjust lumbar support, if you have it, so it protects the hollow of your back but doesn't arch your spine more than normal.

5. Adjust the height and angle of your head restraint so you can feel the centre of the support touch the middle of the back of your head.

6. Once correctly seated, bring your arm up in front of you and position the centre of the steering wheel in line with the fold of your wrist.

7. Raise your chest up five degrees and then adjust your mirrors - that will help you stay in an upright position.

* Courtesy Volkswagen Commercials

* Meanwhile, precisely 6,074 drivers are on their eleventh learner permit. Latest RSA figures also show there are more than 50,000 drivers on their fourth, or subsequent, permit.

The figures emerge as the safety organisation warns learner drivers not to get caught out by a huge cut in waiting times for the driving test - and to be ready to do it relatively soon after applying. The national waiting average is now eight weeks. See P2

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