Adjusting your seat for safety
When you are driving it is important that you are as comfortable as possible and that is definitely a reason to adjust your seat prior to starting your car. However, the ability to operate your car properly and optimal safety in a crash are even more important reasons to make sure that your seat is properly adjusted before you start driving.
You need to make sure that your seat is close enough to the pedals and steering wheel so that you can reach and operate them with ease. However, be sure that you are not so close that you are in unsafe proximity to the airbag in the case of an accident. As a typical rule of thumb, be sure that your chest is at least ten inches away from the steering wheel. If you cannot reach the pedals as a result of this, you can have pedal extensions installed in your vehicle.
Adjusting your seat for comfort
You also should adjust your seat in your car for comfort as well. If you do not, you will not only obviously need to deal with discomfort, but you will also possibly have to deal with resulting chronic physical issues such as back pain. When you are adjusting your seat to maximize comfort, do so to avoid any sort of poor posture like slumping down in your seat. Also, be sure that you are not too far away from the steering wheel or pedals to the point that you are overreaching to operate them. These things can be especially problematic if you will be driving for long periods of time.
Adjusting your seat before you start driving is much more important than many people think. It can allow you to operate your car properly as well as prevent injury for the air bag in the case of a collision. Adjusting your seat will also prevent you from being uncomfortable as you drive. If you consistently drive with discomfort, it could lead to a chronic physical issue with your back or legs. If you are considering transporting a car to Puerto Rico at any time throughout the year, give us a call any time with any questions or for a free estimate at (904) 322-7644!