Have you ever heard of good posture? Well, this was one of the basic topics in school during the elementary days. It is about sitting well, carrying yourself well while walking, sleeping and more to give your whole bone structure a perfect shape. What’s more? It is to help you avoid the many pains that come with wrong postures.
Now, know that in driving, there is also a good posture.
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According to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), here are the steps towards having a good posture while you drive.
Tilt your steering wheel down: Adjust your steering wheel so it points at your chest, not your head or your neck.
Move your seat backward: Move your seat back as far as you can while still comfortably reaching the pedals. You should be at least 10 inches from the steering wheel, from your breastbone to the centre of the wheel.
You can recline the back of the seat slightly; that is, if you are still too close to the steering wheel after moving your seat back, try reclining slightly. If that makes it harder to see the road, you should try raising your seat or placing a firm non-slippery cushion on the seat. If you are still closer than 10 inches, you may want to consider pedal extenders.
While driving, keep your hands at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock on the steering wheel. The corps recommended that all drivers keep their hands positioned on opposite sides on the steering wheel because it is a more comfortable and stable steering position; it also keeps your hands clear of the airbag.
More so, always wear your seatbelt properly. You already know that seatbelts save lives and prevent injuries. For your seatbelt to be effective, it is important for you to wear it properly, so consider adjusting the height so that the shoulder strap lies flat against your chest, not on your neck or under your arm. The lap belt or lower strap should be snug across your hips, and you are good to go.