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Tips To Ease Back Pain on Long Drives

Whether you’re setting out on your next great road trip or you’re hauling good cross country for work, you’re going to need to get comfortable in the driver’s seat if you’re going to be on the road for hours on end! While driving might not seem like the most strenuous activity, you’d be surprised how much back, neck, and shoulder pain you could be facing while behind the wheel. That’s why it’s important to set yourself up for success and take steps to make your drives as comfortable as possible so that you can avoid serious back pain and a trip to the chiropractor down the road!

Sit Up Straight and Get Comfortable

The first and most important step to preventing back pain on your drive is to get comfortable and have your spine aligned by sitting up straight in the driver’s seat. While it may be tempting to slouch forward, keep in mind that it can lead to even great back, neck, and shoulder pain if your spine is not properly aligned and supported. So sit up straight, get a comfortable distance away from the steering wheel, and set out on the open road!

Take Opportunities to Get Out and Walk Around

Even the most comfortable driving position is bound to get strenuous, so make sure you’re taking advantage of opportunities to get out of your ride and walk around! Highway rest stops and gas stations are great places to get out of the driver’s seat and stretch your legs a bit so that you can have a break before readjusting and getting back out on the road!

Make Sure Any Necessary Auto Repairs are Taken Care of Before You Hit The Road

If you’re driving while your car’s wheels are misaligned or the suspension is off, it can definitely make your drive unpleasant and uncomfortable. So make sure everything is in good condition before setting out on the road by taking your car in to see a trusted mechanic. This way, any faulty parts and leaking fluids can get taken care of, and you’re left with a ride that drives smooth and keeps you comfortable!

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