During the driver training course, students are taught to set up their seating positions correctly because it dictates the way you interact with the car. If you are still not fully aware of the basics then it is time to consider it seriously.
According to the NSW Safer Drivers Course offered at Ltrent Driving School, it is necessary to consider car set up for every journey. It does not just offer optimum comfort, but even helps to ensure that the drive is safe. An optimal seating set up for driving helps to avoid accidents and enhance safety in case of a collision.
Ideal driving seating arrangement for comfort and safety
Place the right heel on the floor between the brake and the accelerator. The foot needs to comfortably swivel between the brake and accelerator without any need to lift it off the floor.
Rest the left heel on the footrest provided on the left side of the foot-well sidewall. For an automatic car, the left foot needs to rest here all the time. For a manual car, the left foot needs to be on the clutch.
Back & legs
The knees need to get bent slightly, which offers good comfort as well as a support for absorbing road bumps during the drive or in case of collision. Straight legs will never offer the necessary dexterity needed to correctly control the foot movements while driving.
Place your backside towards the seat for better support to the lower spine. You even get to maintain a good posture.
Adjust the car seat to ensure that your feet can easily control the foot controls along with the steering wheel. Car seats can be moved forward, backward, upward, and downward.
Modern vehicles have a lot of steering wheel adjustments, which is crucial for safe airbag deployment. The steering wheels can get adjusted in & out as well as up & down in a telescopic manner.
Lower the steering wheel, but ensure that the view of the speedometer data does not get blocked. The steering wheel needs to sit facing your chest with a distance of A4 size page between the center of the steering wheel and driver. Any closer can increase the risk of injury in case the airbag deploys during a collision.
After the adjustment is made place the wrists of both hands on the steering wheel. Keep arms completely straight. It allows a little bend in the arms when your arms will get back to the normal holding of the steering wheel while driving. It helps to steer with deftness and use auxiliary controls with ease.
The seat belt fits across your skeleton’s strong points – flat, low, and firm across shoulder and hips.
Adjust the height using the seat belt adjuster.
The head support is designed to reduce the sudden impact on your neck or head.
The center of the headrest sits around your skull’s rounded portion, where it joins the spinal column.
With this driving setup advice, you can certainly enjoy every drive comfortably and safely!