Quiz: Get into position

There is no shortcut around it; you have to practice in advance until you’re ready for the written knowledge test.

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You should make sure that passengers, pets and property don’t…?
Do any of these
Obscure your vision
Invade your driving space
Distract you

Correct!

Wrong!

It’s important that your headrest is correctly adjusted for…?
Crash protection
Good vision
Neck comfort
All of these

Correct!

Wrong!

Your headrest should be adjusted so it is…?
Directly behind the back of your head
Directly against your neck
Just touching the top of your head
Any of these

Correct!

Wrong!

When seated in the driving seat you should be able to see a point on the ground a maximum of what distance ahead of you?
4 m
2 m
6 m
8 m

Correct!

Wrong!

In your driving position your elbows should be…?
Slightly bent
At a 90° angle
Fully extended
Tight by your side

Correct!

Wrong!

In a good driving position, you should be able to put your feet flat on the floor below the brake pedal…?
Without stretching
Stretching slightly
At full stretch
With your knees at 90°

Correct!

Wrong!

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Understanding the Importance of the Correct Driving Position

You might think that how you sit while driving is not a thing for debate. You move into your car, adjust the seat, move the steering wheel around, and take off. You’re skipping a crucial step – finding the correct driving position.

Taking the time to set your seating position correctly improves your sightlines and enables you to operate the car more efficiently. Here’s why the correct driving position is important:

 

Protect your back

Stiff neck, backache, sore shoulders are just some of the everyday shakes that can take a toll on your body, and the way you sit while driving might be part of the problem. Some car seats do not sufficiently accommodate the curve of your lower back, exerting additional strain on your spine. Besides, compact cars may not have enough headspace and legroom, forcing taller drivers to contort the body into unhealthy positions just to drive the vehicle.

 

Don’t Sit Too Close

Correct Driving PositionYou need to sit in a way that you can comfortably reach the pedals and use your entire foot to press them to their full range. This allows you to be safe on the road: studies suggest that people who drive with their chests closer to the wheel are more likely to suffer serious neck, head, and chest injuries in rear-end and front collisions. Here’s how to set the correct driving position to minimize the risks of discomfort, reduces driving fatigue and stress, and prevent muscular-skeletal injuries (MSIs):

 

  • Ensure you have a clear view of your panel display. Your knees should not come into contact with the steering column or the underside of the dash when operating pedals.
  • Adjust the backrest to an angle of 100 or 110 degrees, so it provides support along your back.
  • Have at least a two-finger gap in between the seat and the back of your knee
  • Adjust your seat in a way that you can fully press the pedals and still slightly bend in the right leg.
  • Position the steering wheel in a way that there is 25 to 30 cm in between your chest and the center of the steering wheel. This space provides flexibility and proper leverage to turn the steering wheel and allows airbags to deploy without the risk of hurting the driver properly.

 

Use Lumbar Support

Set your lumber support if it’s adjustable in your car (use both the up-down and front-back controls) so you can feel even pressure all the way from your hip bone to your shoulders. For cars that don’t have automatic support, use even a rolled-up towel or a lumbar pillow for support. The lumbar support should be fine-tuned so that there are no pressure points or gaps in between.

 

Take a Rest When You’reTired

Even when you are correctly positioned in the driver’s seat, fatigue is inevitable, especially when you’ve been driving a long distance. It’s important that you listen to your body and eventually take periodic breaks every now and then. Park your car safely at a rest stop or any other designated stopping area and take some time to stretch and unwind.