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Driving expert issues warning to anyone not adjusting car seat


The vehicle financing company LeaseCar.uk has warned motorists to make sure their seat is adjusted correctly to prevent discomfort and stay safe whilst behind the wheel

Whilst many motorists are in a rush to set off when they first get into their car, taking a moment to adjust the seat can make a considerable difference.

Tim Alcock, motoring expert at LeaseCar.uk, noted that all drivers should regularly check that their car seat is adjusted correctly.

He explained: “Many of us are probably guilty of not checking that our seat, wheel and head restraint have been adjusted to be in the correct position each time we get in the car.

“Sitting incorrectly will not only compromise your safety in the event of a collision, but can also cause discomfort when driving for long periods of time, and potentially lead to long-term back and neck problems.”

According to the Highway Code, motorists should avoid driving a vehicle with a seat that is not correctly adjusted to suit their stature.

In addition to moving the seat backwards or forwards, drivers must also make sure that the height of the seat is suitable and that the back is not too reclined.

Some of the latest cars feature electrically adjustable seats which can store the preferences of a number of drivers at a touch of a button.

To help drivers find the most comfortable seat position for them, Tim suggested drivers should make sure that they do not need to stretch their legs to reach the pedals.

He advised: “The seat should be as high as possible to see the road clearly ahead, but drivers should also check that they can push the clutch pedal down to the floor without stretching their body.

“The seating position should be adjusted for all passengers in the vehicle too, and if anyone else drives your car, remember to re-adjust your seat and wheel position.”

However, Tim also highlighted that drivers must also make sure that their headrest and steering wheel are also adjusted correctly.

He added: “Check that your head restraint is touching the back of your head, and is as high as the top of your head too.

“Steering wheel positioning should also be adjusted to ensure the airbag will be as effective as possible in the event of a collision – the seat should be as far back from the wheel as possible.”

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