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4 Ways Driving Is Destroying Your Health - Ways to make driving less harmful

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

Driving has become somewhat of a national past time. We all drive pretty much everywhere nowadays. However, it is possible that driving could be adversely affecting your health. And given that it's something done so frequently by most of us, it seems like we should try to be a little more prepared. If you're amongst the millions who drive every day, you might want to read on and find out how your driving could be destroying your health...

1.     Your Back...

By constantly being in the same position, driving can both cause and exacerbate existing back problems. The pressure on your spine as you sit in the driving seat can cause long term back problems. Given that many people already have back issues, driving could be pretty dangerous for many of us. The best antidote to this problem is to make sure that your driver's seat is correctly adjusted. Most of us don't take the time to ensure that our seat is in the perfect position before we set off. But your posture depends on the adjustment of your seat. Ensure that you're the appropriate distance from both the pedals and the steering wheel, and that the angle of the back of the seat is providing you with enough lumbar support. Don't drive for more than a couple of hours at a stretch, without stopping and getting out for a brief walk. Your back will thank you.

2.     Your Neck...

Much the same as it is with backs, your bad driving posture could be causing neck problems. And again, the answer to this issue is to make sure that your seat is correctly adjusted. The angle of the back of the seat should be high enough to give you lumbar support, which will help your spine support your neck correctly. And your seat should have a head rest. This is important not only to try and prevent whip lash during an accident, but also to give your neck extra support as you're driving.  Don't remove the head rest from the front seats of your vehicle, they are an important piece of safety equipment.

3.     Your Joints...

Your knees and hips are at particular risk of being damaged during driving. Partially this is again to do with seat adjustment. By having bad posture, you will put extra strain on your hip and knees joints, as your pelvis will not be supporting your body properly. This is particularly bad when one side of your body is affected more than the other, as you're sitting with more weight on one side, rather than with your weight equally distributed. However, repetitive movement is another reason why hip and knee joints may be effected. Unfortunately, driving necessarily involves a lot of repetitive movements, and there's not much you can do to prevent these kinds of injuries. But it is another reason why it's extra important that you don't drive continuously for long periods of time, and make sure that you get a break every couple of hours and leave the car.

4.     Your Heart...

Stress is bad for your heart, and driving is stressful. Firstly there is the problem of road rage, which many people suffer from. Getting angry in this way will affect both your heart and blood pressure. Then there is the problem of constantly being alert. In order to drive, you must be alert at all times, and this is stressful on your body and your heart. Anger does you more harm than it does the object of your anger, so try to adopt a more relaxed attitude to other drivers.

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