4 Tips for Driving Without Discomfort or Distraction
By Brandi Goodman
Distracted Driving Awareness Month gets observed in April each year. It's a great time for the occurrence due to the traveling that tends to occur from here on out during the year. People tend to vacation the most during the spring and summer months, making now an important time to learn how to drive without discomfort or distraction.
Adjust Your Seat for Proper Posture
Your driving posture matters. You should not be tilted back in the seat, far away from the wheel. Nor should you be sitting so close that your arms are tense with your elbows tucked in tightly. You'll end up hurting quickly during a long drive. Adjust your seat so you're sitting with proper posture -- back straight and your body comfortable but not slouching. You can use a lumbar support pillow behind your back if necessary.
Avoid Phone Use
Your full attention should be on the road. This means absolutely no phone use -- especially in regards to trying to text. The one exception is using GPS for navigation. It's wise to have a car mount for your phone so you can keep your hands on the wheel and still be able to see the map. Make sure the volume is up so you can hear the navigation's voice and be safely directed to your destination.
Remove Your Wallet
If you're one to drive with a wallet or other items in your back pocket, don't! Sitting with something in one pocket and not the other causes you to shift your weight to one side. You'll quickly end up in pain if you aren't sitting fully upright with both sides of your back straight. Remove your wallet or other items before driving and set them in the center console or in your glove box.
Stretch in Your Seat -- and Out of It
A drive that lasts longer than a half-hour will undoubtedly lead to some discomfort. Make sure you're stretching in your seat and shifting around a bit so your body does not become stiff. It's easy to get distracted if you're feeling sore. Stretch on occasion, such as when you reach a stoplight -- so you can keep your joints limber. It's also wise to take regular breaks on a particularly long drive so you can get out and stretch your body fully.
Discomfort and distractions are two common occurrences while driving. Keep these tips in mind so you can avoid these disturbances as much as possible and remain focused and diligent during your drive. Your well-being depends on it.
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