Repetitive Driving Injuries: Part 4 - The Roller Coaster

In the final installment of our four part series on Repetitive Driving Injuries we look at how tense, nervous drivers can suffer with pain from a number of different areas of the body.

THE ROLLER COASTER

Problems:
You are most likely to suffer with shoulder pain, neck strain, leg cramp and side ache.

Solutions:
- Relax! Tense and nervous drivers are more likely to adopt this position leading to tense shoulders so try to avoid driving situations that stress you out
- When buying a car, go for one with a fully adjustable interior package. Ensure the height of the back rest reaches the shoulders and does not obstruct 'rearward vision'
- Try and sit back more into the seat to get better back support
- Take regular breaks where you can get out of the car to stretch your legs

Repetitive Driving Injuries: Part 3 - The Racer

In the third of our four part serious on Repetitive Driving Injuries we look at another seating position that can cause discomfort and how a low seating position can cause lower back pain.

 

THE RACER

Problems:

You are most likely to suffer with side aches and lumbar pain.

Solutions:

- Be aware low seat positions (and bucket seats) provide limited support for the lower back and sides; to counteract assume a fairly upright position

- Knees should not be higher than your hips!

- Be aware low seat positions (and bucket seats) provide limited support for the lower back and sides; to counteract assume a fairly upright position

Repetitive Driving Injury: Part 2 - The Pimp

In the second of our four part serious on Repetitive Driving Injuries we look at another seating position that can cause discomfort and how small tweaks in your sitting position can help avoid arm and shoulder pain.

THE PIMP:

Problems:
You are most likely to suffer with arm pain and shoulder pain from resting on the window ledge.

Solutions:
- Sit in a fairly upright position, with knees lower than hips. You should be able to reach the accelerator and brake without stretching your legs
- Roll up the window and keep both arms on the steering wheel to avoid arm and shoulder pain

Repetitive Driving Injury: Part 1 - The Multitasker

Many of us spend a good couple of hours a day in the car, commuting to work or picking up kids and running errands.

Have you thought of how your seat position may be affecting your neck and low back?

According to statistics, 14 million of us are affected by what is referred to by some as Repetitive Driving Injury!

We will be posting over the next four days the driving positions that are most commonly used alongside what problems you can get and the solutions to counteract these.

Have a look and, most importantly, which one are you?!

 

Part 1 - THE MULTITASKER

Problems:
You are most likely to suffer with headaches and eye strain, feet cramp and pain in the coccyx.

Solutions:
- 45% of Multi-Taskers drive for work but they should try not to use the car as an office
- Twisting to access paperwork and the laptop can be more damaging to your back and neck than driving
- Regularly adjust your seat on long journeys driving to help your coccyx
- Use a 'hands-free' mobile phone kit
- Consider changing to an automatic car to avoid constant gear changes and keep two hands on the wheel whilst driving