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Driving Posture: a Guide to Achieve a Correct Setup

The best step-by-step guide to set up your seat.  Includes advice on how to compensate for limitations in the adjustability. START with seat in worst position and sequentially adjust. See helpful diagrams.

Correct Driving Posture

The optimal driver's seat setup achieves 2 goals :

  1. Safe Driving which includes visibility and reaching all the controls
  2. Ergonomic Posture for your comfort and the health of your musculoskeletal system

We've searched high-and-low to offer you the best guide.  Full credit to PhysioMed for this great setup methodology which walks you through the steps in a logical progression.  Starting with: To find yours ideal position you should start with the seat in the wrong position and then adjust it from there. 

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having a correct driving posture is crucial for both comfort and safety behind the wheel. Here's a breakdown of how to achieve the ideal setup:


  • Height: Adjust the seat height so your knees are slightly bent with a two-finger gap between the back of your knees and the seat bottom. Your hips should be at least as high as your knees, offering good support for your back.
  • Inclination: The backrest should be slightly reclined, around 100 degrees. This ensures your entire spine, from the base of your neck to your lower back, rests comfortably against the seat.


Position the headrest so the top aligns with the middle of your head, cradling it in a neutral position. This minimizes whiplash risk in a rear-end collision. 

Legs and Feet:

  • The pedals should be comfortably reachable without stretching or straining your leg. Adjust the seat forward or backward accordingly.
  • Your ankles should be able to move freely to operate the pedals without feeling cramped.


Hands and Arms:

  • When gripping the steering wheel at 10 and 2 (or 9 and 3), your arms should have a slight bend at the elbows. This allows for smooth and controlled steering.
  • Wrists should remain straight while holding the wheel.

General Tips:

  • Adjust the mirrors so you have a clear view of your surroundings without excessive leaning or head tilting.
  • Take breaks on long journeys to stretch your legs and avoid muscle fatigue.
  • If your car lacks proper lumbar support, consider using a supportive cushion for your lower back. 

By following these guidelines and maintaining good posture while driving, you'll enhance comfort, reduce fatigue, and improve overall driving safety. 

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