Driving for long hours can be a tiring task to do and finding the best position for back pain should be a priority for you if you drive for long periods of time.
If you have back pain, riding in the car even just for an hour can be a real challenge. Knowing how to sit in a car can help you ease or avoid back pain.
One of the techniques that happy car travelers do to ensure a comfortable ride is to exercise before driving or riding. People with lower back pain can alleviate pain by warming up their muscles.
This is best achieved by moving those muscles through exercising.
Muscle warm up can also be achieved through the patching of heating pad on your lower back. Bring along a heating pad with you in your car and use the dashboard power source to turn on the heating pad when you need it.
You can also use heat wrap which can be applied directly to your skin. This provides a low level of non-stop heat to your back.
Some people also apply driving positions to help them avoid or minimize back pain while driving. You might want to follow these best driving positions so you won’t miss out a trip, vacation or job that requires long hours of driving:
Here are 10 Tips to Get the Best Driving Position in Your Car:
1. Bring In Your Hips First
When you step in your car, make sure that your hips go in first before the rest of your body. This makes a position that forces you to sit on the back of your thighs, not on your tailbone.
2. Angle Back Your Car Seat Correctly
With car seats that are more adjustable these days, you can adjust them for you to have proper driving position and a relaxed sitting posture. You can slightly tilt down the seat front with your seat correctly angled back.
This will help your spine to avoid the “C” slump.
Do not angle up your car seat at the front because it will increase the slumping posture and raise your thighs.
3. Adjustable Lumbar Support for Comfort
Newer cars have this adjustable lumbar support. When it supports to base of your spine in its natural position, this lumbar support is correctly positioned.
This won’t just correct your posture, it will also alleviate your back pain while driving.
4. Bring Your Car Seat Forward or Backward To Have Proper Posture
Your legs should also sit and not to hold you up while driving. This will be achieved by adjusting the distance of your seat to the wheels.
The correct distance ensures a good posture while driving. The base of your spine should touch with the back of your seat.
Before driving, sit down first then adjust your seat forward or backward depending on the length of your legs and you can comfortably depress the pedals.
5. Support Your Back With Something Soft
A small blanket, throw pillow or a thin piece of cloth can support your back. Put one of these things up in your upper spine and feel if you need some more support or if you need to decrease it.
Your back should feel comfortable, your spine should be well supported and your shoulders should be relaxed.
You can also find a device nowadays that you install in your car seat to help.
6. Don’t Slump in the Vehicle or Auto
If you have slumping position while driving, you are extremely hurting yourself. This position tires out your back especially when done over long hours of driving.
7. Move Around If You Can
While waiting for the green traffic light, try to move a little. Our spines are designed to move. Sitting in one position for a long period of time can stiffen up our back muscles that can lead to muscle soreness or back pain.
Whenever possible, move your back around and stretch. If you’re on a long drive, plan a stop every 30 minutes if possible before you travel. This way you can get out of your car, move around and stretch.
Moving during a long drive stimulates blood circulation, hence bringing oxygen and nutrients to your lower back.
8. Bring Along a Cold Pack
Back pains are commonly accompanied by inflammation. Apply a cold pack to decrease and numb sore tissues and inflammation.
Remember to cover the cold pack with thin towel or cloth to avoid cold sores. It will be a good idea to bring a cold pack with you or keep it in your car for future use.
The technique to always have cold packs in your car is to keep a cooler in your car and put in some ice packs, or you can just drive through a pharmacy and buy some instant ice packs.
9. Lift Your Back Up
You can also turn a piece of cloth into horseshoe shape and place it above your hipbone. This way you are lifting your back up.
Hold yourself up this way and don’t do anything to alter this position. Let your head rest and have the whole body relaxed while driving.
10. Be Used To The New Proper Driving Position
It takes a little time to adjust from bad postures to proper postures while driving. Be patient. This won’t take too long and you will soon enjoy and feel the benefits of a good posture.
Be sure not to fall back to your old postural habits.
Driving for hours can generally get you tired and affect your mood. One technique to drive in a patient and cool manner is to divert yourself with other relaxing activities, such as meditating or listening to music or podcasts.
This will help you take your mind off your back pain.
Summing it up
I hope these driving positions will help reduce your back pain while driving.
Aside from driving positions, there are also other helpful ways to help you get through long trips with less pain. Be cool while driving, especially during long travels.
If you are traveling on a vacation, make the long hours the best quality time to bond with your friends or family. Sing aloud together, tell stories or play games.
This way you can divert your attention from any back pain you might feel while driving.