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Have you ever experienced pain at the wheel? 

Many high mileage business drivers report lower back, shoulder and neck discomfort but don’t make the connection between these symptoms and their driving position.  

This is because musculoskeletal problems develop slowly, over time and are rarely caused by a one-off event. It is the small trauma repeated many times over months and years, which eventually result in pain and discomfort. A small correction in the driving position can often result in a large improvement in driving comfort.  

To make sure you are sitting comfortably at the wheel, you can follow this simple step-by-step guide: 

  1. Start with the seat backrest upright, the seat fully lowered and fully pushed back. Then raise the seat height for a clear view of the instrument panel and the road ahead. 
  2. Next, slide the seat forwards so that the clutch pedal can be comfortably depressed without any twisting of the hips. Check that the seat supports at least half the length of the thighs and adjust seat tilt if the seat has this facility. If available, adjust the lumbar pad on the backrest to give good support in the lower back 
  3. Adjust steering wheel height and reach so hands rest comfortably in ten-to-two position, arms bent slightly at the elbow.  
  4. Adjust head restraint to support the back of the head (not back of the neck). Seatbelt lies across the top of your shoulder and never rubs against your neck or falls onto your arm. 
  5. Finally, check the adjustment of the rear-view mirror and door mirrors and check for any blind spots. 


For full Riello UPS procedures relating to driving, please see our driving policy on the databank.