Do you sit correctly in your car?

driving posture

As most of you will know, Back Pain affects all aspects of your daily routine from laying down, sitting, walking and driving your car.


Did you know that sitting for too long can make Back Pain even worse?


Sitting can cause up to 90% more stress on your spine than standing!


So how is your driving posture? You might love driving your car and feel quite comfortable sitting for hours on end but be aware that you could be setting yourself up for future back problems.


With back pain costing the NHS £1.3Million per day and being the number 2 reason why we visit our GP’s,  it is not surprising to see that over 60% of drivers in this survey agreed with the statement ‘my car seat can make my back ache worse after a long trip’ and maybe more importantly, over 40% of drivers said that the car seat was the main cause of their backache.


A recent survey commissioned by AutoExpress magazine concluded a poor seating position in your car can lead to both back and neck problems while slouching can also compromise your safety. Slouching in your car can alter the way you wear your seat belt, reducing its effectivness.  Driver distraction and loss of concentration has been accredited to an uncomfortable or poorly set up car seat!


Follow these easy steps to help minimize any discomfort, to help protect your back and neck, and how a car seat should be set up correctly:-


When you fully depress the clutch your legs should remain slightly bent so make sure that your car seat is not too far away from the pedals.

Your elbows should be slightly bent when you position your hands correctly on the steering wheel in the “10 to 2” position so make sure that your backrest is not tilted back too far.

Make sure that you increase the lumbar support as much as possible to support the natural arch in your back to avoid slouching. If you do not have a lumbar support built-in, you can use a portable, dedicated lumbar support cushion or roll up a towel and put it behind your back.

The top of your headrest should be above the top of your ears. If it is too low it can increase the risk of neck injuries in case of an accident.

Sit up in your seat and make your spine as tall as possible. Set the rearview mirror so you can just about see the traffic behind you. This will help to correct your posture every time you look in your rearview mirror, because if you slouch you will not be able to use the rearview mirror.

Make sure that your seatbelt is correctly positioned. If possible, adjust the height so it is not sitting on your neck and according to the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the belt should be worn as tight as possible, with no slack and the lap belt should go over the pelvic region, not the stomach.”


Why not call in to the clinic and speak to a chiropractor if you are concerned about your car seat exacerbating your Back Pain or e-mail us at:,



Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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