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Driving in the Snow? Try These Chiropractic Tips

By Brandi Goodman  

Snow can make driving feel rather scary -- especially if you aren't used to it. However, keeping some chiropractic tips in mind can make the challenge easier to handle. It will also help you avoid some of the pain that can come both with driving in general and having to drive over bumpy slush piles and on icy roads. 

Take It Slow

You typically don't want to drive the speed limit during the winter. Instead, you should take it slow and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Driving slowly helps you act cautious for the duration of the drive, so you aren't flying over hard bumps and hitting the seat hard -- causing you pain. It also helps you avoid hitting an icy patch and spinning out, keeping you safe.

Keep Air in Your Tires

Your tire pressure tends to drop during colder periods. That can make every bump feel worse than it is. Make sure you're keeping air in your tires and checking the pressure regularly so you're driving safely. Hitting a bump is an easy way to end up in pain because your body shifted in the process. 

Take Breaks When You Can

If you have a long trip ahead of you, make sure you're taking breaks as often as you can. You need to stop regularly to give yourself a break from sitting and stretch out. Plus, it's good to give your mind the break as well. Staying cautious and on the lookout 24/7 for icy patches and hazards in the winter can be exhausting. Give yourself those breaks to ease your anxiety and your pain. 

Use Your Heated Seat Feature

Cars with a heated seat feature are ideal for winter. They'll help you stay warm, of course, but can also ease some of the lower back and hip pain you may be feeling. If you find your lower body feeling uncomfortable often when you drive, then turning on this feature may help. Heat can work to ease tension in the joints and help you feel more comfortable. 

Driving is far from easy -- especially in the winter. Do what you can to drive slowly and safely, considering your well-being in the process. Winter driving may always be a bit daunting, but it doesn't have to leave you feeling sore and uncomfortable if you keep these tips in mind. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Ill.

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