Pay Attention to Your Posture

Focus on your posture to avoid body pain on a road tripOne common cause of back pain when driving is incorrect posture. If you are already suffering from aches and pains, practicing good posture ensures that you don’t end up with any more back, hip or neck pain than necessary. Here are some tips to achieve good posture while you are driving:

  • Take the time to make sure you are comfortable before you start driving. What starts as a small irritant can become an intense pain later.
  • Don’t leave anything in your back pockets, this can throw your spine out of alignment.
  • Sit as close to the steering wheel as you can without compromising your safety. This will minimize the pressure that is placed on your neck, shoulders, wrists and lumbar spine.
  • Invest in a good pillow or cushion to ensure your back is aligned against the back of your seat, and so that you are sitting straight up with your knees slightly higher than your hips.
  • Keep your chin pulled in so your head is sitting straight on top of your spine.

When you’re not driving, continuing to focus your posture will still help you avoid any unnecessary pain from being in one position too long. Try adjusting the passenger seat at various times throughout your trip to allow you to change positions more freely. Moving the seat back for a while can allow you to stretch your legs out. Bring a pillow for the car so that you can nap without putting too much strain on your neck when sleeping in the seat of the car.