Citroën and the British Chiropractic Association have joined forces to raise awareness around neck and back pain triggered driving on long journeys.
The French manufacturer and the BCA have released a list of tips to help prevent neck and back pain while driving, which could help reduce the number of people suffering from pain after driving. More than 5.5 million are estimated to suffer from back and neck injuries as a result of driving.
Sitting fora long time in an uncomfortable position can affect the body in many ways, such as causing tension within your muscles and, in some cases, restricting blood flow. Seat height is also important to make sure your body is well supported and comfortable.
The top tips from Citroen and the BCA are:
- Adjust the driver’s seat and mirrors before each journey
'The back of the seat should be slightly reclined, so that it feels natural to sit comfortably. The mirrors should also be set up so you can see all the way around the car without needing to move excessively. This will help to avoid neck strain from sudden and repeated head movements.'
- Sit comfortably
'The benefits of a well-adjusted seat are outweighed if you don’t sit correctly. It is therefore important to sit back in the seat and up against the backrest, so that your spine rests comfortably against the lumbar support and the seat back.'
- Adjust the position of the steering wheel
'Once seated, your hands should rest naturally on the steering wheel with a slight bend in your arms.'
- Check the seat is in the right position to operate the pedals correctly
'The seat position should be set up so that your feet rest naturally on the pedals. Wearing soft-soled shoes is recommended when driving, as high heels or thick soles limit the movement of the legs and feet. Not only can this cause tension in your legs, but it is also unsafe if the driver needs to react quickly.'
- Take regular breaks
'The human body isn’t designed to sit in one position for very long periods of time, so it is advisable to take regular breaks on longer drives.'
'Many of my patients have complained of neck or back pain when driving, particularly on long journeys,' said Tim Button, BCA chiropractor and ergonomic consultant. 'So it’s important that people are aware of the best ways to protect their back health while in their car.'
Citroen’s latest model, the new C4 Cactus, is the first car in the world to offer 'advanced comfort' seats, which are specifically designed to keep drivers – and their passengers – properly comfortable on longer journeys, marking a step forward in comfort and well-being in a car. What's more, the car is fitted with Citroen’s new suspension setup with progressive hydraulic cushions.
'Comfort and well-being is a fundamental part of Citroen’s DNA, which is reflected in the development of the Citroen advanced comfort programme,' said Souad Wrixen, Citroen UK’s head of marketing. ' The design of the seats is one of the most important components in any vehicle, therefore we’ve looked to create the most comfortable car seat possible for the new C4 Cactus. Coupled with the car’s new suspension system featuring progressive hydraulic cushions, everyone on board can expect to arrive at their destination feeling relaxed and ready to enjoy their weekend.'