From: Travelers Insurance
If your typical workday includes more time spent on the highway or in rest areas than around the office water cooler, you probably travel regularly for work. When driving is part of a job, proper car ergonomics become as important for your comfort and health as a well-adjusted desk chair. What are the two biggest risks for the mobile office worker? Not surprisingly, they are awkward body postures and prolonged sitting.
As with working at a traditional desk setting, taking frequent breaks is important to maintain visual concentration and avoid the health risks associated with prolonged sitting. It is important to pull over to a rest area and get out of your car when you feel tired, or at least take a break every two hours for at least 15 minutes. Change your position by stretching your legs, back, neck and arms, or by going for a walk.
Awkward or static postures are also an important risk factor for the driver, and there are several adjustments you can make to create a more natural position while driving. Adjusting your car’s seat and other features can help reduce the potential for musculoskeletal disorders, and can help ensure you arrive at your destination more rested and relaxed. When you drive with your hands on the steering wheel and your shoulders in a forward posture, there is added stress on the shoulders and upper back.