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7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by AutoJoshNG: 6:50am On Apr 17
Anytime I'm snooping around on cars on the road, I see several drivers with wrong sitting postures. It's either you see a young guy sitting in a fancy way with his hand stretched like he is sleeping on a camp bed or you see some other drivers hugging the steering so tight like they are so scared flying in a rocket to space.

These awkward driving positions wouldn't have been a problem if there are no safety risks attached to them. But the sad news is sitting that way can easily kill or injure a driver especially if an accident occurs. Such drivers can have a neck, spine, head or chest injury and AutoJosh does not want that. That is why I am bringing you this post on how to attain an appropriate driving posture anytime you step into your car.



First things first, make all sitting adjustments when the car is not in motion. It must also be in park position to avoid unexpected movements. 


1. Don't seat too far from or too close to the steering wheel:
Make sure you do not sit too far or too close to the steering wheel. This means, your hand should not be too stretched or too bent when holding the steering. So, stretch out your hands and make sure the steering is at your wrist level while your back is well rested on the back rest. This will enable you have a good grip as well as turn the steering swiftly and effectively. Sitting too close to the steering wheel can even make the airbag injure you if it deploys.




2. Your leg should not be stretched straight:
We see fashionista drivers who push their car seat all the way back and end up stretching their legs out to press the throttle with only their toes. This type of fashion can put you in trouble if an accident occurs because shock waves can be sent directly to your pelvic area and spine when the your leg is straight. Alternatively, it is better for your leg to bend at the knee as seen in the picture above to prevent spinal cord injury.



3. The backrest should be upright and not be in a sleeping position:
You have to be prepared at all times. So, don't drive your car around town same way you seat in your living room when watching Telemundo. The backrest of your car seat should be in an upright position and not in a slouching mode. This sitting position can reduce backache whilst protecting you in the event of a crash. We are not saying you should sit at angle 90 degrees like they do in Danfo buses. About 100 - 115 degrees is fine but some funky drivers go on a 145 degrees recline which is risky.

Also make sure your headrest does not tilt backwards especially those fake aftermarket DVD headrests.




4. The center of the steering wheel should be tilted from your face:
As much as possible, ensure that the center of the steering is not pointing directly to your face. It should  be titled down towards your chest or trunk instead as you don't want the airbag exploding directly on your face. The center of the steering is usually where you have the car logo.



5. Don't sit too low or too high:
Don't forget to adjust the height of your seat to a level that gives you a good view of the road ahead. However, it shouldn't be too high because that also comes with it's disadvantages. Sitting too high can make your legs interfere with the steering and your head can bump the roof of the car if there is a rollover. Sitting too high can also reduce blood flow to your lower legs due to excessive pressure on your thighs.



6. Don't wrap your thumb around the steering wheel:
Your thumb is not meant to be wrapped around the steering of your car as it may get tangled while making sudden turns. Your thumb can even be dislocated and this is the major reason the steering of some cars comes with a "steering thumb rest". However, many drivers don't know the essence of this feature that help you rest your thumb and not wrap it around the steering wheel.




7. Don't forget to remove your wallet if it gets in your way:
The pressure from your wallet in your back pocket can hinder blood flow whilst causing butt pain. Guys with bulky wallets can relate with this.



Finally, don't be a selfish driver, make sure your passengers sit safely and the rear seat passengers also use their seat belts.

Kindly add some more tips for an appropriate sitting and driving position in the comment section.

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by DEXTROVERT: 6:56am On Apr 17
Is
It
Permitted
To
Drive
With
One
Hand
On
Wheel.

Cos
Its
Habit
For
Many
Drivers

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by Sarang(f): 7:14am On Apr 17
Poster above me are you a joke? People don't usually know they are responsible for the passengers they carry in their vehicle..
last time a man was masturbating with one hand in a car shocked and driving with the other, does irresponsibilty have heights? cry
People should drive carefully jaree especially those ones rushing to the moon and hitting everything on the way without compassion..

veekid:
This op sef; is it your car?
No it is not his car but someone else's life might be at risk.. please guys just think outside the box for once, be considerate for once abeg!


And please check my signature for once wink

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by veekid(m): 7:14am On Apr 17
This op sef; is it your car?

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by DonPiiko: 7:16am On Apr 17
No be lie
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by oyetunder(m): 7:16am On Apr 17
good.
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by herbeedar(m): 7:16am On Apr 17
DEXTROVERT:
Is It Permitted To Drive With One Hand On Wheel.
Cos Its Habit For Many Drivers
Are u trying to punish someone
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by Admin1992: 7:17am On Apr 17

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by EddyGbolo(m): 7:17am On Apr 17
first to comment
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by Swargu: 7:18am On Apr 17
I don't know how to drive someone in abuja please help me learn with your car.

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by adanny01(m): 7:22am On Apr 17
DEXTROVERT:
Is
It
Permitted
To
Drive
With
One
Hand
On
Wheel.

Cos
Its
Habit
For
Many
Drivers

Like me

My second hand comes to the steering at 140km/hr, thats when i become serious with the steering.

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by akum78: 7:22am On Apr 17
thanks
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by OgahBohz: 7:27am On Apr 17
I don't even know what to say
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by HoodBillionaire: 7:27am On Apr 17
my name na
Panic Button.
even customs dey get inspiration from my driving skills.
tho like 5 ppl don dent me
from bike marks
to front bumper marks
women who think they press brake in traffic .ended up using the boot of my car as stop so annoying.
afta am done with minor body work.
spray..paint am.
anybody wey hit me
no matter who.
who just buy the motor 2m cash.
very simple
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by maxiuc(m): 7:29am On Apr 17
grin
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by nams77: 7:33am On Apr 17
Funny enough, I can't drive with my two hands on the steering wheel. Badhabit

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by Lusewe: 7:33am On Apr 17
Cool
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by Mydreamman: 7:36am On Apr 17
come Nd tell my mum not to sit close to the steering wheel

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by Prudencey: 7:50am On Apr 17
oyetunder:
good.
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by GetUmad: 7:50am On Apr 17
In summary ;





Do not drive a vehicle.

That sure would be better.



Wetin i know?

Listening to Fat Joe remix
my backrest "I'm always back"

Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by SIRKAY98(m): 8:05am On Apr 17
Ohk.
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by GetUmad: 8:06am On Apr 17
]Leave thrash for LAWMA not Vision-Escapee bro

Leave those rules for the Ajebos in Yankee


How many times you don hear say airbag deploy for naija. When Guymen dem go even dodge the airbag jump commot for motor take selfie with caption, "accident thing" after. Naija nor dey die Bro, we dey migrate.



Na the kind of music you dey blast go determine the position of your steering. Ask my Gee make dem yan you.

Example ;

You Listen to the likes of Timi, Cobhams, Johnny Drille you gat to push your steering up (Northward) towards the windshield while grabbing it with your two hands firmly.

When you're jamming the likes of Burna boy, Timaya you push it downward while using just one hand (any comfortable one) to steer

When you jam the likes of Wizkid, you pull out the steering completely

Also, Na the kind of chikala wey sitdon beside you go determine how close or how far your seat go dey to steering.
Go figure!


Take this from AAA certified professional driver with 7-star ratings.


Airbag Kwa! Who tell you say airbag nor dey look face. Em wan burst for whose face?

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by sirusX(m): 8:17am On Apr 17
What about those who are a little short .... where their legs can't reach the pedals easily or have to raise the seat high??

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by Kelvin30286063(m): 8:23am On Apr 17
I'm guilty of sitting close to the steering. Just makes me feel more comfortable and concentrated.
I just adjusted everything according to this post and I feel like I'm not in my car anymore. Bro, if I drive this way, I won't go long before I enter bush!
Abeg, I'm used to driving my way. Leave it that way.

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by Mckandre(m): 8:24am On Apr 17
dont freestyle with one hand while driving. its either swag or ur life undecided

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by sirusX(m): 8:26am On Apr 17
Kelvin30286063:
I'm guilty of sitting close to the steering. Just makes me feel more comfortable and concentrated.
I just adjusted everything according to this post and I feel like I'm not in my car anymore. Bro, if I drive this way, I won't go long before I enter bush!
Abeg, I'm used to driving my way. Leave it that way.
cheesy grin
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by ayusco85(m): 8:35am On Apr 17
Auto Josh thread is like snake threads. One way ticket to the promise land.

We ride.....

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by rovher(m): 8:48am On Apr 17
I always ensure to take out my wallet... that can cause serz butt pain sha....
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by spartoo: 9:11am On Apr 17
Kelvin30286063:
I'm guilty of sitting close to the steering. Just makes me feel more comfortable and concentrated.
I just adjusted everything according to this post and I feel like I'm not in my car anymore. Bro, if I drive this way, I won't go long before I enter bush!
Abeg, I'm used to driving my way. Leave it that way.
grin grin

as for me, I am used to driving with one hand with only my right foot stretched until speeds exceed 80km/h.
Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by Kelvin30286063(m): 9:36am On Apr 17
spartoo:

grin grin

as for me, I am used to driving with one hand with only my right foot stretched until speeds exceed 80km/h.
It's normal to drive with one hand sometimes. I even do a few other things sometime, like pick a call or stare away briefly but there is a speed limit to all those. No try am wen you dey top speed oo.

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Re: 7 Driving Position Mistakes Car Drivers Make by SortOut: 9:48am On Apr 17
If the steering should tilt facing the chest - meaning tilt it down, then it's outer radius could probably touch my knee cap region. Well, the only steering position suitable so far for me is Lexus RX 330/350, it inclines such that it still faces the chest and doesn't inconvenient the knee cap Smart Radius steering I must say.

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