Driving Ergonomics

Posture

Poor seated postures are generally considered to contribute to musculoskeletal pain. seatlength

A key feature in the prevention of back pain is good posture. However, it is important to note that even good postures can result in discomfort if maintained for long periods of time.

The research team believes that adopting a range of comfortable postures and frequent changes between these postures may help to delay the onset of discomfort in driving. Any driver seating should ideally allow for the need to vary posture.

Seated postures while driving are determined by both the seat and the task. Care should be particularly taken with bending and twisting postures whilst seated, for example, doing paperwork or lifting items from the passenger footwell.

It is important to remember that the greater the number of adjustable features in your car, the more likely you are to be able to adopt a range of comfortable postures. Guidance regarding the features to look for when selecting a new car can be found in the section on 'Car selection'.

Guidance on setting up your car for good posture can be found in our leaflet 'Initial driving and posture guide'.