How to Properly Adjust the Driver's Seat

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Leg Room

Driver's Seat Adjustment - Leg Room
Driver's Seat Adjustment - Leg Room. Chris Adams, copyright 2010, Licensed to About.com

Adjusting the Driver's seat in your car for proper leg room is rather easy. Your legs should not be scrunched up, nor should you have to reach with them to use the pedals. Slide the seat so that you can operate the pedals with just your foot and your thigh is relaxed and supported. You should also be able to pick up your foot when operating the pedals without any discomfort.

Your knees should be slightly bent. Locking your knees can cause reduced circulation and may lead to you becoming woozy or even passing out.

Your legs and pelvis should have ample ability to move and shift position without detracting from your driving. This will relieve pressure points and keep blood circulating during long drives. Staying in a cramped position for too long may lead to Deep Vein Thrombosis.

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Seat Tilt

Driver's Seat Adjustment - Seat Tilt
Driver's Seat Adjustment - Seat Tilt. Chris Adams, copyright 2010, licensed to About.com

One area that is often overlooked when adjusting the Driver's seat is the tilt of that seat. Proper adjustment increases the ergonomics of your driving posture and makes things a lot more comfortable.

Tilt the seat so that it supports your bottom and your thighs evenly. You don't want pressure points at the end of the seat. Make sure your thighs extend passed the seat so that the back of your knees do not make contact if at all possible.

Your legs and pelvis should have ample ability to move and shift position without detracting from your driving. This will relieve pressure points and keep blood circulating during long drives. Staying in a cramped position for too long may lead to Deep Vein Thrombosis.

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Seat Angle

Driver's Seat Adjustment - Back Angle
Driver's Seat Adjustment - Back Angle. Chris Adams, copyright 2010, licensed to About.com

While most people do actually adjust the angle of the seat back when in the driver's seat, not many do it properly. It is easy to become too laid back or up tight in the driver's seat.

Recline the back between 100-110 degrees. This angle supports your upper body while maintaining and upright and attentive posture.

If you don't have a huge protractor handy then recline the seat so that your shoulders are no longer in line with your hips but are solidly behind them.

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Seat Height

Driver's Seat Adjustment - Seat Height
Driver's Seat Adjustment - Seat Height. Chris Adams, copyright 2010, licensed to About.com

You may not realise that you can actually adjust the height of the driver's seat. This can dramatically improve your driving ergonomics and comfort.

Raise the seat so that you have a good view out the windshield, but not so high that your legs will interfere with the steering wheel. You may need to re-adjust your leg room.

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Lumbar Support

Driver's Seat Adjustment - Lumbar Support
Driver's Seat Adjustment - Lumbar Support. Chris Adams, copyright 2010, licensed to About.com

The lumbar support can be a saving grace during long drives, or if you already suffer from back pain. If your car seat does not have an integrated lumbar support you should get an aftermarket one.

Adjust the lumbar support so that the curve of your spine is evenly supported. Make sure not to over do it. You don't want you S-curve being pushed out. Just a nice, gentle, even support.

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