How to set the perfect driving position
With many of us spending several hours behind the wheel each week, ensuring that you’re sat correctly when driving is of paramount importance. Much the same as sitting down when at a computer or desk, sitting incorrectly can, over time, prove uncomfortable.
It’s not tricky to get set up correctly in a car, however. Here, we take a look at some of the areas to adjust to ensure that you’re as comfortable - and safe - as possible when driving.
Set the seat
Setting the seat is a great place to start. The vast majority of cars on sale will have plenty of adjustment, meaning you can change the backrest angle, how far forward or back it is and how high up or low down it is too.
In a manual car, you should be able to press the clutch to the floor with a slight bend in your leg. For an automatic car, you should be able to operate both the brake and accelerator comfortably.
When it comes to height, that’s really down to comfort. Some people like to sit low down in the car, while others prefer to sit a little higher up. It’s really down to you.
Then, when adjusting the backrest, you should be looking for a slight lean backwards as it takes the pressure off the base of your spine and should mean you stay a little comfier when behind the wheel.
Place your wrists on the steering wheel; they should sit there with a slight bend in your arms. This is one of the easiest ways to work out if a steering wheel is in the right position or not, and thankfully most cars have plenty of adjustability making it easy to get things just right.
While turning, your shoulders should remain in contact with the seat - you shouldn’t have to lean out of the seat in order to operate the wheel when going around a bend.
Other things to consider
When you’ve got your position just right it’s time to adjust the mirrors. There’s no point doing this first; adjust the mirrors before doing your seat and you’ll find them instantly in the incorrect position.
Of course, no one is the same shape and size so there aren’t any true hard and fast rules on getting the perfect driving position, but these tips should help you get closer.