"Correct sitting" guide
Please take a seat
Approx. 80 per cent of all car drivers do not sit optimally while driving. We feel the consequence of these errors in our neck and back. Yet tensions are not the only consequence of incorrectly adjusted seats; in an accident this often results in serious injuries.
Use your head when taking a seat
Take 5 minutes to check the adjustment to sit comfortably
- A position too close to the steering wheel can cause serious injuries if the airbag is activated!
- Despite head support, if a car drives into you, the result can often be whiplash. The consequences range from short-term neckache to persistant dizziness and chronic headaches.
This is how to correctly adjust your seat
- The backrest should be almost vertical in relation to the seat.
- When the pedal is completely pressed down, your legs should still be slightly bent.
- In a normal driving position, you should be able to pass the flat of your hand between thigh and seat.
- Stretch your arms out. You should now be able to rest your wrists on the steering wheel without your shoulder blades losing contract with the backrest.
- In many cars, it is also possible to adjust the position of the steering wheel. Take time to do this.
Think of your head
This is how to correctly adjust the headrest:
- The top edge of the headrest should be adjusted to crown height.
- The distance between the back of the head and the headrest should be approximately 4 cm. To do this, adjust the backrest so it is pracitcally vertical and tip the headrest forward accordingly. Test: The flat of your hand fits just between the back of your head and the headrest.
Make yourself comfortable in other cars too.
Even when you drive a different car, or are a passenger, after getting in you should adjust the seat, backrest and headrest correctly.