Vehicles have become work places for some employees. In order to avoid repetitive driver injury, drivers should be trained to adjust their car seats properly. A suggested sequence of adjustments is as follows. (Some areas may not be applicable depending on the vehicle)
- Raise the seat as high as is comfortable to improve vision of the road.
- Check there is adequate clearance from the roof.
- Ensure there is maximum vision of the road.
- Move the seat forwards until it is possible to easily fully depress the clutch pedal and accelerator pedal.
- Adjust seat height as necessary to give good pedal control.
- Adjust the cushion tilt angle so that thighs are supported along the length of the cushion.
- Avoid pressure behind the knee.
- Adjust the back rest so it provides continuous support along the length of the back and is in contact up to shoulder height — approximately 30° reclined from vertical.
- Avoid reclining the seat too far as this can cause excessive forward bending of the head and neck, and may result in sliding forwards on the cushion.
- Adjust the lumbar support to give even pressure along the length of the back rest.
- Ensure lumbar support “fits” the back and is comfortable, with no pressure points or gaps.
- Adjust the steering wheel rearwards and downwards for easy reach.
- Check for clearance for thighs/knees when using pedals.
- Ensure display panel is in full view and not obstructed.
- Adjust the head restraint to ensure the risk of injury is reduced in the event of a car accident.
If employees have a problem with the seating in their vehicles ask them to discuss it with their manager.
If you require assistance, please contact us.