What is ergonomics driving?

Driving ergonomics has an overall goal of fitting the driver to their car so they can drive in a way that maximizes the natural ability of their body to move and respond to physical stress. Driving puts an employee at greater risk for low back trouble than sitting and standing jobs/activities.

What is the correct driving position?

Never drive with your hips lower than your knees. Your knees should be slightly bent, but your feet should still be able to reach the pedals easily for good control. Head/Neck: Your neck should be upright, with the center of the back of your head touching the center of the headrest.

How do I adjust my car seat for ergonomics?


  1. Move the seat forward to enable you to comfortably depress the foot pedals all the way down with your knees bent while keeping your back against the seat back.
  2. Adjust the headrest so it’s in the middle of your head.
  3. Next, recline the seat slightly back to decrease pressure on the discs in the lower back.

How important is car ergonomics to the users?

Seat position, posture and time spent in the car all can affect a person’s health. According to one study, if you drive four or more hours a day, you’re six times more likely to develop back problems [source: Driver Ergonomics].

Can you get repetitive strain injury from driving?

The surprising answer: they all have high potential for repetitive strain injury (RSI). While most drivers know about the obvious dangers associated with driving, few are aware that the driving habits of hitting the road each day can wreak havoc on your body in the long-term.

When driving you should be able to reach?

For safety, it’s best that your chest is at least 25cm from the steering wheel (just under ten inches, in old money) — if you’re any closer, you could be risking injury if the airbag deploys. If you extend your arms fully, the heels of your hands should sit on the top of the steering wheel.

What are the 10 model driving habits?

10 Safe Driving Habits

  • Defensive driving.
  • Never drive tired.
  • Avoid car distractions.
  • Use your turn signals.
  • Drive slower.
  • Driving in bad weather.
  • Avoid driving too close to tractor-trailers.
  • Wear your seat belt.

Is it better to sit high or low in a car?

First, the upright position gives you a better view out of the car. If you’re reclining like a movie tough guy, you can’t really see out. Second (and even more important), sitting with your backrest as vertical as possible gives you more feel for the car’s movement.

Can driving cause arm pain?

What is it? Shoulder impingement is a syndrome of pain felt around the shoulder when the arm is raised to shoulder height or above. This means that simple activities, such as brushing your hair, reaching for items on shelves, driving or getting dressed can trigger your pain.

How do you fix repetitive strain injury?

Possible treatment options for RSI include:

  1. medication – including paracetamol, short-term use of anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen, or pain receptor-blocking medications, such as some forms of antidepressants, if you’re getting severe symptoms or interrupted sleep.
  2. cold packs, elastic supports or a splint.

What are the five symptoms of RSI?

Symptoms of RSI or an overuse injury can be any of the following:

  • It is burning, aching or shooting pain.
  • Tremors, clumsiness and numbness.
  • Fatigue or a lack of strength.
  • Weakness in the hands or forearms.
  • Difficulty with everyday activities, e.g. opening doors, chopping vegetables, turning on a tap.

What are bad driving habits?

Driving distracted There are many different types of driving distractions, such as eating, daydreaming and texting, that can cause bad driving habits. Teen texting and driving is a major cause of accidents and fatal crashes but most teens don’t see the danger.