What’s your driving position like asks Tachoblog.
According to Scania, many drivers do not spend enough time adjusting their seats properly.
But what is the ideal position to reduce the load on the back, neck and shoulders? Thanks to Scania, Tachoblog can bring you a driver’s guide to help you decide.
As the driving position guide comes from Scania, the pictures all relate (unsurprisingly) to a Scania, so the levers, buttons, etc may be in different places on your truck.
1. Raise the seat to a comfortable position. To sit correctly, you should have an upright seating position.
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2. Tip the seat forward. This increases the chance of an upright position.
3. Tilt the backrest backward so that the hip angle is at 100 to 110 degrees.
This means that the centre of gravity of the body is closer to the spine, which relieves the load on the discs and spinal joints and reduces the load on the hip joints.
4. Set the lumbar support so that it follows the shape of your back.
5. Adjust the seat to a fist’s width away from the back of your knees.
6. Move the entire seat to a position where you can press down the pedals fully without straining.
7. With the adjustable steering column position, adjust the steering wheel so it’s as close as possible to your body.
This reduces the forward torsion on your body, relieving the load on your back and neck.
And if that wasn’t enough, here’s a video from Scania that shows you how to perfect that ergonomically sound driving position.
It also shows you exercises to perform while on the road to release the tension in your muscles.
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