Sitting in a Car
I try to follow the principles of good posture but what do I do when I sit in my car? My car seat does not allow me to sit up perfectly straight.
- The seat of your car is your best source of protection in a rear end collision. It is important that you sit fully into the seat, making full body contact with the seat. Some cars have lumbar support built into the seat and this can lead to a feeling of greater support and less slouching while driving, but not all cars have this option. Some people try to get support by using a back rest, but I strongly discourage you from doing this as it tends to take your body away from the back of the car seat and away from the support you need in the event of a collision. Unfortunately, replacing your car (only when you are ready to!) with one that has seats more suited to your body may be the only way to get the support you need. When you shop for a new car, be sure to take the time to feel the fit of the car seats. Lumbar support is well worth any additional cost, but make sure it fits your body!