The types of pain driving can cause your body:
- Knee Pain
- Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Neck Pain
- Heightened blood pressure
- Increased Anxiety
- Difficulty Sleeping
Things to do before driving:
- Practice Breathing
- It’s important to do breathing exercises to help calm you down. Breathing exercises help ease stress and anxiety
- Get a Good Stretch
- The Forward Bend is an excellent exercise to alleviate back pain, depression, and stress.
- To do this stretch, you can either do it standing up or sitting down! Either way, keep both of your feet straight, and reach for your toes! Try to grab the back of your feet, and if you can’t, just keep practicing! Also make sure to bend forward so that your upper body is closely aligned with your lower body. Make sure there is not much space in between!
- Adjust your Seat Position
- The angle of your seat should be between 110-130 degrees
- Make sure your headrest comfortably supports your head
- Make sure that your seat isn’t positioned too close or too far from the wheel. To find out whether your seat is in the right position, stick your hand out and if the palm of your hand touches the wheel, then that is an acceptable position.
Things to do while driving:
- Take breaks for Long Distances
- For every two hours you have been driving, it is highly recommended that you take a fifteen minute break, according to the Highway Code
- Lessen your Stress
- Try the breathing exercise, the 4-7-8 breath. To do this, take a breath with your nose for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds after that, and then release that breathe slowly from your mouth for eight seconds.
- You can do a quick shoulder and neck exercise while your car is motionless or if you’re in a standstill in traffic. To do this easy exercise, just turn your head to the right and hold that position for three seconds. Then bring your head back to the position where it’s facing forwards. Then turn your head to the left and keep that position for three seconds. You can do 10 sets! Make sure you do NOT do these exercises if your car is in motion.
- Keep Good Posture
- Make sure you’re not leaning forward or slouching in your seat. Your knees should be higher than the height of your hips or at the same height. Make sure you are fully utilizing the back support. Your rear also needs to be very close to the backrest, making sure there’s no empty space in between.