Driving creates significant stress to the neck and the upper and lower back. Compact cars are often not so good for taller users. For others, certain seating posture may not support them properly. Never make an adjustment that would make you less likely to see the road, your mirrors, or the instruments easily. In our constant endeavour to help you understand your car better, we bring to you our next 'Do It Yourself'/ 'Know How' feature. In this article, we will try to explain the do's and don'ts of a driving position so that you drive comfortably and get the maximum out of your drive. Just check out few simple things for the seating position next time you decide to take your car out and enjoy your drive to the fullest!
1. Adjust your hands on the steering
Always keep your hands on the steering in the 10:10 position (think of the clock arms when it's 10:10 am or pm). Adjust the steering in a way that your elbows are at an angle and not completely straight.
2. Adjust your leg position
The legs, when on the pedals, should form a complete right angle (90 degrees). This will ensure that you neither press the pedals too hard nor get too tired during long journey.
3. Adjust your backrest angle
While it's important to choose the backrest angle according to your comfort, make sure that you neither sit upright (you will get tired easily) nor keep the backrest much inclined. It should be around 100-110 degrees, varying based on your comfort level.
4. Adjust your headrest angle
The headrest at the top of your seat's backrest is more of a safety device than a comfort device. In case your car is hit from behind, the headrest will act as a restraint system to avoid the backlash. Keep the headrest angle in a manner that its centre is inline to your head's centre.
5. The best driving position
If you follow all the aforementioned rules, you will get the best driving position, resulting in a comfortable drive, be it a regular city drive or a weekend highway getaway.