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Can your driving posture put you at risk for serious injuries?

You may be among the many people who feel irritated when another person drives your vehicle and moves the seat without putting it back. You likely had it in the perfect position, and now you have to find that sweet spot again, possibly while in a hurry.

Of course, what you may think of as the perfect seating position could actually put you at risk for serious injuries in the event that a car accident takes place. Additionally, if you do not have your seat positioned correctly, you may put unnecessary strain on your body while you drive.

What causes serious injuries?

While the way you sit on its own will likely not result in serious injuries, it could contribute to injury severity if an accident takes place. For instance, if you sit too close to the steering wheel, you have a greater chance of suffering serious neck, chest and head injuries in the event of front and rear-end crashes. Fortunately, you can lessen this risk by only sitting as close as necessary to comfortably reach the pedals and steering wheel.

How can you have a better driving posture?

Because you may not have given much thought to your driving posture, you may not know how to fix any issues. If you want a position that may place less strain on your body and lessen serious-injury risk, you may want to consider the following tips:

  • Lifting the seat to support your thighs with your knees just lower than your hips
  • Adjusting your headrest so the top lands between the top of your head and the tops of your ears
  • Supporting your back to reduce pain from sitting too long in an uncomfortable position
  • Raising your seat so that your eye level is three inches above the steering wheel
  • Adjusting your mirrors so you do not have to strain your neck to see

These tips are only a few that could help you obtain better driving posture and remain safer behind the wheel.

What can you do if you suffer injuries?

Of course, the way you sit has nothing to do with the actions of other drivers, and someone could easily cause an accident that leaves you seriously injured, despite your posture. If so, you may have reason to pursue legal action against that party in order to obtain compensation for damages allowable under Florida law.