Lower back pain is very common and for many, driving long distances aggravates the problem. Cars are generally designed for the average person and of course we are all different. We are not designed to spend long periods of time sitting. Whilst driving we are not only doing that, but also using our feet which means we can’t support or stabilise our lower body as we do when sitting in a chair.
The following suggestions may help minimise back pain whilst driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers (and front-seat passengers) should buckle their seat belts and keep about 10 inches between the centre of the air bag cover and their breastbone to reduce the risk of air bag injury yet still be protected by the air bag in the event of a collision.
Get out and move around
Take along an ice pack and/or heat pad
While it seems obvious, it bears repeating that taking your mind off your pain can be surprisingly helpful. Trying a new music channel, downloading a podcast or listening to an audio book may be useful.
Hopefully some of the above tips will help you alleviate your back pain symptoms on long journeys.
A driving and back pain fact sheet is available at backcare.org.uk