Did You Know: Driving Comfort

September 10, 2015 by Kathleen Wolfe

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As we say goodbye to summer and head from our beach chair back to the driver’s seat, it’s important to remember to be comfortable when driving to reduce fatigue and discomfort. Millers stocks a variety of cushions and other aids that can make your driving more comfortable. Read one testimonial here:

“I was suffering from persistent lower-back pain, and I have to drive a lot during the school year taking my kids to and from activities. I went to Millers for help. Nancy, the Surgical & Homecare Manager, led me straight to the lumbar cushions, and gave me a few to try out. “Just bring the ones back that don’t work for you.” I chose one that gave me great support – changed my life! I now take it with me when I’m a passenger on long drives. Thanks, Millers!” – R. Holland

 A few tips:

  • Adjust the seat height and tilt so your knees are level or just below your hip height.  You should be able to see 3” over the top of the steering wheel.  If not, you might need a seat cushion. A popular one is the Coccyx cushion, available at Millers.

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  • Men, do not sit on your wallet since that changes your hip angle, making one hip higher than the other.
  • Adjust the back angle to 100-110 degrees to reduce pressure on the spinal discs.
  • If needed, install a lumbar cushion between your back and the chair backrest.  This also allows those that are shorter to move forward on the seat so the back of your knees are not touching the front of the seat and still be able to use the pedals.
  • When getting out of the car, you should pivot your body so your legs come out first.*

 

Anyone looking to use cushions or other adaptable vehicle devices should work with a trained professional. Like Nancy, at Millers!

*Read more tips here!

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