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Improving your driving posture & comfort
by Judy Heller, June 19, 2017

Are you heading out on a road trip this summer? Or maybe more?

Believe it or not, being seated in your car is one way to rediscover elements of good posture, unless you know you have structural limitations. 

Friend Kelly from Idaho was a Drivers Ed teaching manager offers the following for better driving posture:

Adjust your rearview mirror.
  • The next time you settle into the driver's seat of your car, take a moment to sit up as tall as you can. 
  • Adjust your seat by extending your arms so your hands fold over steering wheel at the wrist. 
  • Activate your abdominal muscles to support you by gently engaging your lower abdominal muscles to support pelvic floor.
  • Adjust the back by thinking of your head as a clock with the very top being 12 o'clock, your nose being 3 o'clock and your neck being 6 o'clock. Envision a string at 11 o'clock and pull that imaginary string straight up, toward the sky, to help you lengthen your spine. Your head rest should be within an inch or two of your head.
  • Once this strong posture is intact, adjust your rear-view mirror. Then, not to readjust it. When you notice you can't see out of it, readjust your posture instead of the mirror.

Try it out and let me know what you notice.


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