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Seating Position

When practising safety on the roads it is easy to forget your seating position. However, slouching behind the wheel on frequent trips or for long periods can prove problematic for the spine and is one of the central causes of back pain in later life.

Motorists are more likely to adopt a poor posture due to not adjusting the seat which can cause long-term stress to the joints and muscles in the lower area of the spine.  Therefore, we have provided a simple checklist to assist you in obtaining the correct seating position.


  • Is my spine in line?
  • Is the base of my head restraint level with the base of my head?
  • Can I depress the pedals fully without moving out of my seat?
  • Is my seat supporting the full length of my spine?
  • Can I reach all of the controls easily?
  • Is the angle between my upper body and thighs 90 degrees?
  • Am I holding the wheel at the “10 to 2” or “quarter to three” position?
  • Can I see all the instruments and gauges without moving my position in the seat?

Your seating position should ensure that:

  • Your head does not touch the roof
  • There is no gap between the seat belt and the front of your shoulder
  • The lumbar support (if fitted) gives only gentle support
  • The steering wheel is free from your legs
  • You are sitting in an upright position with your spine straight, not hunched over the steering wheel or slouched in the seat

Download Seating Position information sheet

Please note: this information sheet is not intended to replace or override any policies or procedures applicable to your business nor is it intended to replace or override manufacturer;s recommendations as outlined in the vehicle handbook.


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