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      Ergonomics Inside the Car! Car seating position,etc

      Recently I am experiencing neck and shoulder pain while driving long distances. After a distance of some 200 kms spirited driving suddenly i feel my neck and shoulder area feels stiff. I do carry a Volini pain relief gel with me during long distance travel. I apply some and get some relief and take a 5-10 mins break. This sometimes spoils the mood of driving. However i am perfectly all right being a co-passenger. So i feel this is due to the driving position I am in the car.

      I am driving Ritz now, I have never had this problem with other previous cars while driving Santro or i10 which i had earlier. I am not sure if this is something related to car's seat.

      I just found the below video talks about most ergonomic seating position while driving...



      Lets discuss all ergonomics related issues and remedies here for one another's benefit!


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      Is your seat pulled up too close to the steering? Do you sit upright or lean forward or lean back with your backrest?

      Often people sit way too upright and that is how they end up screwing up their back. Here is another nice video.



      Head rests are a problem in most cars these days. I mostly recline my seat a bit, to make sure that my head will rest back against the head rest. Other way to do this is to get one of those neck pillows.

      Most importantly, what is most important is to ensure you are "comfortable" in your driving posture.
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      The most comfortable driving position I get is when:

      1. My entire back and shoulders are resting against the back rest while driving.
      2. I am able to touch the top of the steering wheel with my wrists while my arms are outstretched comfortably, while being seated as described above.
      3. The steering wheel is rake adjusted to ensure that your fists are not higher than your shoulders when you grip the steering wheel at 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions.
      4. I am able to depress the clutch pedal to the maximum without stretching my leg completely.

      It took me a few tries with the seat height, incline and forward/backward adjustments before I got this optimum driving position.

      No neck pain/shoulder pain or stiffness anymore...even after some 900 + kms of driving in a day!
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      Xylo Seats are wonderful. Also the Safari seats.

      But I have seen Maccy driving in a sedan. It is almost like a F1 seat or almost in a sleeping position. How do you manage that??
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      Quote Originally Posted by shishirbn View Post
      But I have seen Maccy driving in a sedan. It is almost like a F1 seat or almost in a sleeping position. How do you manage that??

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      Bondy, you have a knack of telling things Superb.
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      Quote Originally Posted by shishirbn View Post
      But I have seen Maccy driving in a sedan. It is almost like a F1 seat or almost in a sleeping position. How do you manage that??
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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      Is your seat pulled up too close to the steering?
      No
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      Do you sit upright
      No, I recline like maybe 100 degrees not 90 degrees straight. This helps me in resting my back comfortably and leaning upwards.
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      lean forward or lean back with your backrest?
      Yes, Due to the positioning I am made to lean forward, However my backrest was in tact not my Head rest. If I lean towards head rest, its not helping me to see the road confidently.
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      Head rests are a problem in most cars these days.
      Absolutely agree with you, I dont understand why manufacturers are not too worried about this as its the most crucial thing in the car! As I said earlier i am experiencing this with my Ritz. It has pretty tall seats I must say (Eventhough I am 5'11").

      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      to make sure that my head will rest back against the head rest. Other way to do this is to get one of those neck pillows.
      Yes, Buying one immediately to see the effect of it. Thanks mate!!!
      Last edited by Diesel; 14th Nov 2012 at 19:39.

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      I follow simple rule. Your wrist should touch the top of the steering with your back fully resting of the seat. That is the comfortable position atleast for me.
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      Seat Arrangements while driving

      Hi Guys, not sure if its the right forum to ask this question. I have been wondering on this for a long time and may sound a stupid question. Is there a perfect position of driving seat for comfortable drive in traffic jams. I have a Figo and am about 5'5 if I shift the seat to maximum in front it aches my back and if I go to the next it's comfortable for my back but it pains in my knees in traffic jams for a long time. May be it's me but as it's my first car and I have just learnt driving 6 months ago so wanted to ask someone. Thanks in advance.

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