As a hired car driver, it’s critical that you keep yourself in excellent shape. Everything from eating healthily to driving with proper posture may have a big influence on your long-term health. That’s why the Otto Car team has compiled a list of quick and easy suggestions for long-term success!
Driver weariness is one of the most serious health and safety issues in the road transportation industry. The Highway Code suggests taking a 15-minute rest every two hours. The maximum duration of time without a break from driving should be two hours. Following these principles will assist to prevent driver weariness and errors.
You may be working extra time while on the road, and eating healthy may be difficult to come across. It is critical to eat properly since not only can diet affect your health, but it can also affect your driving ability. The simpler choice is to eat at a fast-food restaurant for something quick and hearty, but this is not a good choice in the long term.
Consider taking a home-cooked dinner or drinks with you to work. Bring a cold bag and some ice packs. This strategy not only saves you money but also gives you more control over what you eat and ensures that you’re receiving plenty of vitamins instead of absorbing an excess of salt and saturated fats common in fast food.
Almonds and bananas are great for eating because they provide energy as well as a variety of long-term health advantages. It’s also a good idea to include a couple of bottles of water in the cold bag. Remember to keep hydrated, as dehydration can impair mental function and cause mistakes on the road.
Driving (especially for long periods of time) puts a massive strain on the neck and upper and lower back. Please follow these easy methods to increase your driving posture.
• Begin by pushing your seat all the way back, lowering it as low as possible to the floor, then relaxing it 30-40 degrees.
• Next, raise the seat so that you can view the road and equipment properly and your hips are as high as your knees. If you’re seated too low, consider adding a cushion or wedge to your seat. This can help reduce road vibrations, which has been found to contribute to damage. Ensure you don’t get too high and have to lean your head down or to the side.
• Adjust the seat forward where you can reach and press all of the foot pedals without moving away from the seatback.
• Stretch your back until it is relaxed at a 100-110 degree angle. This reduces strain on your low back’s discs. Adjust your headrest so that it fits in the centre of your head. Set the spinal support so that your back is pushed evenly. This should be helpful and relaxing. If your vehicle lacks adequate lumbar support, a lumbar cushion can be fitted.
• Adjust the seat cushion so that it properly supports your entire leg without exerting pressure in specific regions and does not rest on the back of your knees. If it pushes unevenly, it might limit circulation and create leg pain.
• Bring the steering wheel closer upon you to reduce length and stress on your body. The less you extend forward up with your arms, the less tension on your neck and upper back.
• Adjust the mirrors now. Though you begin to slump or get into a terrible position, the mirrors will feel as if they need to be adjusted and will tell you to sit back up.