Improve your Driving Posture & Reduce Pain & Stress!

The position you assume in your car makes a significant difference as to how you perceive the stress of driving, both emotionally and physically!






Positioning your arms at “10 and 2”  (as drivers used to learn in driving school) will  not only cause your arms to quickly fatigue, but will cause your shoulders  to pull forward. Then your forward shoulders pull your neck and head forward too! This posture also encourages you to grip the wheel and is also associated with feeling more stressed about the drive.

Positioning your arms on the steering wheel at “9 and 3”, or even “8 and 4” are  recommended now. From a posture perspective we find that holding the steering wheel at “8 and 4” allows your shoulders to relax and is much less stressful on the arms, shoulders and neck. And leaning back in the seat with a relaxed shoulder and head posture allows you to feel much less stressed about your drive.


Give the lower arm positions a try. And let us know how you feel!


Blog post written by Amy Selinger, PT, DPT, OCS

About Back to Life

Amy Selinger, PT, DPT, OCS, owner of Back to Life Physical Therapy is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) who has taught Graduate, and Post-graduate physical therapy courses on treatment of lumbar, hip and pelvic pain. Her treatment focus is on chronic back, neck, shoulder, hip, sacroiliac and pelvic pain and incontinence. Jessica Manley joined Back to Life in 2014 with a passion for treatment of pelvic health issues including chronic pelvic pain, incontinence, pain with sex, post partum/perinatal pain, trans-related post-operative pain, and associated hip and/or low back pain.

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