If you have big road trip plans in the works, then it’s a good idea to think about how you can avoid back on while you’re on the road. Sitting for long periods of time can put a ton of strain on your back and spine, which can be extremely painful. Our team here at Certified Autoplex is going to share a few tips to keep you as comfortable as possible on your next trip.
Things You Should Keep In Your Car
If you’re one to spend a lot of time on the road, then there are a few things you should always keep in your car to stay prepared. We break down our suggestions into categories for ‘car maintenance’, ‘survival kit’ and ‘convenience items’, and we hope these suggestions are helpful for your next road trip.
The main key is to get comfortable from the start. Especially if you’re the driver, but even as a passenger, if you’re not in a good position from the beginning it will be hard to find one later on. Be sure to remove anything from your back pockets like a wallet or cell phone that could throw off your spine’s alignment.
Top Four Tips To Prevent Back Pain While Driving
Most of us have been driving for years, so breaking the habit of how you sit definitely won’t happen overnight. However, this is something you can work on and stay conscious of in order to ultimately adjust the way you sit while you’re behind the wheel. Following these five steps will help to ensure you’re seated in the most comfortable and correct position possible.
- Hips Go First – When you’re ready to get in the car, make sure you lead with your hips. This way you’ll be resting all of your weight on the back of your thighs instead of your tailbone, which can alleviate a lot of stress and pain.
- Bring Back Support – Whether you use a small blanket, t-shirt or any type of soft material, creating your own back support system is key. Place this around your mid ribcage area for the more effective support.
- Adjust Seat To Pedal Distance – Once you’ve settled in, you’ll need to adjust the seat to properly reach the pedals. The best position is to have your knees slightly bent when pressing the pedal, but be sure to maintain a safe distance.
- Position Headrest – Although headrests may not seem like the most comfortable aspect of the seat, they’re designed to allow your head to rest while driving. If you can take the time to get used to it, you’ll notice the difference. The top of the headrest should ideally match the top of your head when you’re seated for the ultimate comfort.
For more information on how to stay comfortable behind the wheel, please don’t hesitate to contact our team here at Certified Autoplex for advice. We’re more than happy to help you make the best of your driving experiences.
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