Many drivers do not know that the position they choose when driving their vehicle can be essential when it comes to preventing injuries and other risks associated with driving.
And is that for convenience or habit, some choose to pull the chair back a little or raise it to see better. Some handle with their legs stretched and others with them closer to the pedals.
Although all these positions are valid, many can represent a danger to the driver, because they can be more at risk of injury to the spine, shoulders and upper and lower extremities in the event of a traffic accident , hit or sudden braking.
Learning to get behind the wheel
At the time of driving, you open the door, sit down, put on your belt, turn on the car and accelerate.
You forgot something? Yes: accommodate the driver’s seat. The best way to get comfortable to have a safe and ergonomic driving in a vehicle is composed of:
- The arms should not be completely stretched when taking the wheel. Make sure they remain flexed at all times with a maximum angle of 45 degrees to avoid injury to the shoulders or neck.
- The legs can not be completely straight either, as you could suffer serious injuries in the pelvis and hip. Flex them in such a way that you reach the pedals and sit with absolute control of the accelerator, brake and clutch.
- The most important thing is that the hands have full control of the steering wheel. To know if you are located in the right way, make sure that, when stretching your wrists, they reach to rest on the rod. Remember also that the hands should be placed according to the hands of the clock (marking 10:10 or 3:45).
- The seat should be as low as possible, to have a better field of vision and avoid hitting the head in case of rollover in the car. The backrest can have a maximum resting of 25 degrees.
- The seat belt should protect the body above the waist and the clavicle. This should not be too tight to the body or too loose because, instead of protecting you, is exposing you to neck and collarbone injuries in the event of an accident or rapid braking. Remember to always use it, even in short journeys.
- A preventative driver is concerned that passengers in your vehicle also travel comfortably and safely