Prevention (USA) - - HEALTH -

Sit­ting up straight when driv­ing not only helps you avoid ouches, but also keeps you alert and en­er­gized. When you slump in your seat, it com­presses the discs in your spine, which can lead to lower-back pain, says Alan Hedge, Ph.D., a pro­fes­sor of er­gonomics at Cor­nell Univer­sity. He sug­gests ad­just­ing the seat so it’s close to the steer­ing wheel and your back nes­tles gen­tly against the cush­ion. To re­duce shoul­der strain, lower the wheel so your arms are slightly bent.

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