Besides the obvious dangers of everyday driving with motor vehicle accidents, drivers are susceptible to injury on long stretches of driving and other events in their day-to-day work activity. Poor diets, lack of sleep or exercise are issues for many drivers and can lead to greater injury. Sitting improperly, handling cargo improperly, or getting into or out of a vehicle the wrong way can cause many injuries such as muscle strains, back and neck injuries and other disorders. Injuries as such can generate costly workers compensation claims with workers being out for extended periods of time. These injuries can lead to the reducing of a driver’s range of motion, which inhibits his or her ability to avoid on road risk. Here are a few tips for your drivers to help them on the road:
Adjusting the Seat Tips
- Knees should not be higher than the hips.
- The front of the seat should not contact the back of the knee. Such contact will cause drivers to slide forward into a rounded posture.
- You should be able to depress pedals all the way without twisting the back or moving away from the seat.
- If possible, adjust the lumbar area of the seat to provide gentle support. A towel or lumbar roll may be added to support the low back, if needed.
- Slightly recline the back so the angle between the back and legs is approximately 110 degrees. Shift the body often, but stay close to this position.
- Position the steering wheel to keep elbows as close to the sides as possible, minimizing reach.
- Be sure instrumentation is easy to see.
- Adjust mirrors so you can see all of them without slouching or twisting. Use the mirrors as a cue to sit up when you slouch, instead of readjusting them.
- Vary your seat position slightly every 30 to 60 minutes to vary the stress on your body.
- Change hand position on the steering wheel often. Do not squeeze harder than necessary.
- Use a steering wheel cover to protect your hands from a cold wheel.
- Use a gel seat cushion if the truck vibrates too much.
By: Niklas Almstrom