Adjustment of seating in the vehicle

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.

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