Driver’s Seat Ergonomics and Adjustment: Easy as 1, 2, 3!
For those of you that spend much of your day in the car, you have probably heard and thought about ergonomics. Ergonomics sounds familiar to many people working in the office or factory. But, very few pay attention to adjusting their driver’s seat to be ergonomically correct. Even the safety officers in your workplace find that ergonomics is a mystery when it comes to adjusting your automobile’s driver seat.
Literally, the term ergonomics means “work within natural laws.” For our purpose we will use the following updated version, “the applied science of equipment design intended to maximize productivity and safety by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.” The importance of ergonomics goes beyond productivity and fatigue as its role in preventing or reversing chronic and overuse injuries is well documented and established. Automobile seating ergonomics may be mysterious with a lot of science and research thrown into the equation. But, the basics of driver seat adjustment can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Here is how to have the correct sitting posture while in your car in less than 1 minute:
- Seat height needs to be at a level that your thighs maintain a resting position with equal weight distributed along the entire backside. This position will be a combination of adjusting the seat height and distance forward and backward. Start with seat height first. Then adjust your seat forward or backward so that your left foot rests comfortably on the floor while your right foot can easily reach the controls. You may have to again slightly adjust seat height again to get the perfect fit.
- Next, adjust the angle of incline of the seat back to allow you to reach the steering wheel and turn signal with elbows bent to about 45 degrees when your hands are in the 10 and 2 O’clock position on the steering wheel.
- Finally, adjust the height of the steering wheel to allow you to maintain all of the postures above while optimizing your view of the dashboard and its indicators.
Such simple adjustments for back relief while driving! What are you waiting for? Summer is nearly upon us and you are now ready for that well deserved road trip!
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