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Please take a seat

Around 80 percent of all drivers do not sit optimally while driving. Our heads, neck and back let us feel these mistakes. Incorrectly adjusted seats not only cause tension but can also lead to serious injuries in an accident. 

Take a seat properly

Take 5 minutes and check your seating

  • If the seat is too close to the steering wheel, serious injury may result if the airbag is triggered.
  • Despite headrests, rear-end collisions frequently lead to whiplash. The consequences range from short-term neck pain to persistent dizziness and chronic headaches. 

How to adjust your seat correctly

  • The backrest should be almost perpendicular to the seat. 
  • Your legs should still be slightly bent when the pedal is fully pressed. 
  • During normal driving you should be able to fit a flat hand between the thigh and the seat. 
  • Extend your arms. Your wrists should no be able to place on the steering wheel without your shoulder blades losing contact with the backrest. 
  • In many cars, the position of the steering wheel can be adjusted. Take your time to do this. 

Think of your head

How to adjust your headrest correctly:

  • The top edge of the headrest should be set to crown height.
  • The distance between the back of the head and the headrest should not exceed 4 cm. Place the seat back almost vertically and tilt the headrest forward accordingly.

Make yourself comfortable with foreign cars

Even if you are driving in a foreign car you should still correctly adjust the seat, backrest and headrest before driving. 

TUV NORD Mobility Inc.

Suite 415, 708-11th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB, Canada
T2R 0E4

833-888-6673

sales.mobilitycanada@tuv-nord.com

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