Neck support for driving

Question: When driving at night and you encounter curves, what do you have to remember?
A.) Speed up so you can get through them quickly.
B.) Your headlights point straight ahead, not into the curve.
C.) Use only your low beams because they cut into the curves better.
D.) Move to the right side of the road and go to high beams.

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Your headlights point straight ahead, not into the curve.
Question: 2. When driving at night and you encounter curves, what do you have to remember?
A.) Most headlights point straight ahead, so don’t over-drive them.
B.) Use only your fog lights because they cut into the curves better.
C.) Increase your speed so you can drive through them quickly.
D.) Switch to your high beams whenever you encounter another vehicle

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Most headlights point straight ahead, so don’t over-drive them
Question: You can reduce your vehicle’s blind spot by_______.
A.) installing large side mirrors
B.) installing oblique mirrors
C.) installing flat mirrors
D.) installing dynamic mirrors

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Installing Large Side Mirrors
Question: Scanning low allows you to locate ______ before you hit them.
➜ Scanning low allows you to locate__________before you hit them.
A.) deer
B.) motorcycles
C.) potholes
D.) mile markers

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potholes
Question: 2. Scanning low allows you to locate __________ before you hit them.
A.) stop signs
B.) large trucks
C.) potholes
D.) deer

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potholes
Question: A __________ headlight lens can cut the amount of light it emits by 90%.
A.) fog
B.) brand new
C.) dirty
D.) xenon

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dirty
Question: Enter a curve SLOWER than the posted speed __________.
A.) when you have more than two vehicles behind you
B.) every time you encounter a curve
C.) if you have more than one passenger
D.) if road conditions are bad and/or you are entering a blind curve

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if road conditions are bad and/or you are entering a blind curve
Question: 2. Enter a curve SLOWER than the posted speed __________.
➜ When you should enter a curve slower than the posted speed limit
A.) if road conditions are bad
B.) you are entering a blind curve
C.) All of these answers are correct.
D.) None.

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All of these answers are correct.
Question: New hand positions are encouraged on the steering wheel such as __________.
A.) 11 and 3 o’clock
B.) 8 and 4 o’clock
C.) 10 and 2 o’clock
D.) 6 and 10 o’clock

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8 and 4 o’clock
Question: Stiffness in the neck can make it difficult for drivers to __________.
A.) look behind
B.) wear safety belts
C.) wear neck braces
D.) check to the front sides of their car

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look behind
Question: 2. Stiffness in the neck can make it difficult for drivers to ____.
➜ Stiffness in the neck can make it difficult for drivers to______.
A.) look behind to check the blind spot
B.) wear safety belts
C.) wear neck braces
D.) check to the front sides of their car

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look behind to check the blind spot
Question: Your natural tendency is to concentrate on what is going on ahead of where we are going, so you need to check your mirrors __________.
➜ Our natural tendency is to concentrate on what is going on ahead of where we are going, so you need to check your mirrors__________.
A.) if visibility is poor
B.) before you answer your cell phone
C.) unless you are the only car on the road
D.) whenever you change speed or position

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whenever you change speed or position
Question: Your natural tendency will be to concentrate on what is going on ahead of you, so you need to remember to check your mirrors __________.
A.) regularly
B.) only when changing lanes
C.) only when driving in a downtown area
D.) only when changing speeds

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regularly
Question: Position yourself with a clear line-of-sight so you can search the traffic environment about ____ seconds ahead.
➜ Position yourself with a clear line-of-sight so you can search the traffic environment about __________ seconds ahead.
A.) 30
B.) 10
C.) 5
D.) 50

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30
Question: Lower headlight beams must be used when __________.
A.) driving over 55 mph
B.) you are driving on a rural road
C.) traveling on one-way roads
D.) it is approaching dusk or when you approach another vehicle

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it is approaching dusk or when you approach another vehicle
Question: If you drive a SUV or RV, you need to be worried about vertical clearance when driving __________.
➜ If you drive an SUV or RV, you need to be worried about vertical clearance when driving __________.
➜ If you drive an SUV or RV, you need to be worried about clearance when driving __________.
A.) in school zones
B.) in parking lots
C.) in parking garages
D.) in driveways

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in parking garages
Question: When you turn a corner, always be on the alert for __________.
A.) other vehicles
B.) pedestrians
C.) signs
D.) animals

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pedestrians
Question: Which of the following is NOT a reason why high speeds increase the risk of collision?
A.) it takes the brakes longer to stop the vehicle
B.) higher speeds require much faster reactions
C.) your visibility is better when you drive faster
D.) maneuverability is reduced

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your visibility is better when you drive faster
Question: Driving at high speeds ____.
➜ Driving at high speeds __________.
A.) gives you better gas mileage
B.) increases the distance needed to stop your car
C.) decreases crash severity does not change
D.) the effectiveness of your restraint systems

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increases the distance needed to stop your car
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Question: If you notice someone driving erratically behind you, you should __________.
A. position your vehicle to the side and closely observe the driver
B. position your vehicle ahead of the impaired driver
C. disregard the driver’s actions and mind your own business
D. let him or her pass you and position your vehicle with plenty of space behind the bad driver

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let him or her pass you and position your vehicle with plenty of space behind the bad driver
Question: If you notice someone driving erratically, you should __________.
A. position your vehicle ahead of the impaired driver
B. disregard the driver’s actions and mind your own business
C. position your vehicle in the next lane over and closely observe the driver
D. let them pass you and give yourself plenty of space behind the erratic driver

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let them pass you and give yourself plenty of space behind the erratic driver
Question: 2. If you notice someone driving erratically, you should __________.
A. position your vehicle ahead of the impaired driver
B. disregard the driver’s actions and mind your own business
C. position your vehicle in the next lane over and closely observe the driver
D. let them pass you and give yourself plenty of space behind the impaired driver

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let them pass you and give yourself plenty of space behind the impaired driver
Question: If you suspect there is an impaired driver or reckless driver behind you, you should:
A.) position your vehicle in the next lane over and closely observe the driver
B.) disregard the driver’s actions and mind your own business
C.) position your vehicle ahead of the impaired driver
D.) Get the driver in front of you, gradually slow down, and pull over, or allow them to pass

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Get the driver in front of you, gradually slow down, and pull over, or allow them to pass
Question: If you are being tailgated, you should:
A.) Maintain your speed and lane position.
B.) Disregard the driver’s actions and mind your own business.
C.) Position your vehicle in the next lane over and closely observe the driver.
D.) As soon as it is safe to maneuver, change lanes and allow the other driver to proceed ahead of you.

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As soon as it is safe to maneuver, change lanes and allow the other driver to proceed ahead of you.
Question: 2. If you are being tailgated, you should:
A.) Go faster
B.) Tap your brakes
C.) Sound your horn
D.) Safely change lanes
E.) All of the above

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Safely change lanes

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Stiff Neck Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A stiff neck is typically characterized by soreness and difficulty moving the neck, especially when trying to turn the head to the side. It may also be accompanied by a headache, neck pain, shoulder pain and/or arm pain. In order to look sideways or over the shoulder, an individual may need to turn the entire body instead of the stiff neck.

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A stiff neck is most commonly caused by a neck muscle strain or soft tissue sprain.
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Most people are familiar with the pain and inconvenience of a stiff neck, whether it appeared upon waking up one morning or perhaps developed later in the day after some strenuous activity, such as moving furniture. In most cases, pain and stiffness go away naturally within a week. However, how an individual manages and cares for the stiff neck symptoms can affect pain levels, recovery time, and the likelihood of whether it will return.

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Common Causes of Stiff Neck

By far the most common cause of a stiff neck is a muscle strain or soft tissue sprain. In particular, the levator scapulae muscle is susceptible to injury. Located at the back and side of the neck, the levator scapulae muscle connects the neck’s cervical spine with the shoulder. This muscle is controlled by the third and fourth cervical nerves (C3, C4).

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The levator scapulae muscle may be strained throughout the course of many common, everyday activities, such as:

  • Sleeping with the neck at an awkward position
  • Falling or sudden impact that pushes the head to the side, such as sports injuries
  • Turning the head side to side repeatedly during an activity, such as swimming the front crawl stroke
  • Slouching with poor posture while viewing the computer monitor or looking downward at a mobile phone for prolonged periods (sometimes referred to as “text neck”)
  • Experiencing excessive stress or anxiety, which can lead to tension in the neck
  • Holding the neck in an abnormal position for a long period, such as cradling a phone between the neck and shoulder

Watch Video: 4 Best Stiff Neck Remedies After Sleep

The cause of the stiff neck may be obvious if symptoms start right away, such as after falling during a sporting event. If a stiff neck seems to develop out of nowhere, however, it could be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause.

In This Article:

  • Stiff Neck Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
  • Treatment for a Stiff Neck
  • When Is a Stiff Neck Serious?
  • Video: What Causes a Stiff Neck?

Uncommon Causes of Stiff Neck

Sometimes neck stiffness is a reaction to an underlying disorder of the cervical spine, which helps support and move the neck in addition to protecting the spinal cord. Several examples of cervical spine disorders that can cause neck muscles to painfully spasm or tighten include:

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Sometimes neck stiffness is a reaction to an underlying disorder of the cervical spine.
Several examples are illustrated in above.

  • Cervical herniated disc. The protective outer portion of a disc in the cervical spine breaks down, and the inner portion leaks out, causing compression and inflammation in nearby tissues.
  • Cervical degenerative disc disease. As discs lose hydration and height over time, pressure increases on nearby joints, nerves, and soft tissues, such as ligaments and muscles. This process can result in neck pain and stiffness.
  • Cervical osteoarthritis. Arthritic breakdown of the cervical facet joints between vertebral bones often occurs along with other degenerative conditions, such as spinal stenosis, and anatomical changes, such as bone spurs.

See What Causes Neck Spasms?

This is not a complete list of conditions that can cause a stiff neck. While rare, several other possibilities exist, such as an infection or tumor.

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Stiff Neck Symptoms

A stiff neck can vary in intensity, ranging anywhere from an annoying discomfort to extremely painful, sharp, and limiting. Typically, attempting to turn a stiff neck to a particular side or direction will eventually result in so much pain that the motion must be stopped.

The amount of reduction in neck motion can affect the individual’s activity levels. For example, if the head cannot be significantly turned in one direction without excruciating pain, driving will likely need to be avoided until symptoms improve.1

Dos and Don’ts for a Stiff Neck

Oftentimes, taking it easy for a day or two is all that is needed to give the neck’s soft tissues a chance to heal. In cases where pain is significant, an individual may want to use an over-the-counter pain medication or apply ice and/or heat therapy.

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Wearing a cervical collar to immobilize a stiff neck is not advised. Rather, an individual with a stiff neck should try to stick to normal activity levels if possible, especially after the first day or two.

When to See a Doctor for a Stiff Neck

If a stiff neck has not shown improvement after a week, it should be checked by a doctor. Also, regardless of how long it has lasted, a stiff neck accompanied by any red flag symptoms—such as a fever, headache, nausea or vomiting, or unexplained sleepiness—should be seen by a medical professional immediately.

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With so many of us gazing into computers or staring down at our smart phones most of the day, it’s no wonder data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly 20 percent of us have experienced neck pain within the past three months.

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A stiff neck typically is the result of muscles weakening over time from poor posture or misuse, says chiropractor Andrew Bang, DC, of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

Looking down at your computer monitor all day can cause the muscles around the neck joints to tire and become overstretched. Driving for long periods of time or looking at your smart phone can have the same effect. If you’re doing this day after day, it can add up and can displace your neck joints.

“When your neck muscles become weak and you try to turn your head, the joint no longer moves smoothly because it’s now out of place,” Dr. Bang says. “Often the joint catches on something, either pulling a muscle or hitting the nerve irregularly, or maybe both. Then you’ll have instant pain and your body has a protective spasm. Your body doesn’t want you to get hurt more, so it will clench, causing you to feel like you can’t even move — and leaving you wondering what you did to injure yourself.”

Stretching can keep pain at bay

Putting your monitor at eye level, sitting up straight and avoiding tilting and twisting your head down or to the side while you’re on the computer can help you avoid neck pain. When you’re driving or looking at your smart phone, be sure to take frequent breaks and avoid having your neck bent forward for long periods of time, Dr. Bang says.

The key to relief for a stiff neck is proper stretching and manipulation, Dr. Bang says. Here are some stretches you can try at your desk or in the car that may help you to avoid a stiff neck:

  • Roll your shoulders backwards and down 10 times.
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together 10 times.
  • Push your head backwards into your car head rest or hands and hold for 30 seconds.
  • Bring your ear to your shoulder 10 times on each side.

Take care when you sleep

Dr. Bang says if your neck is bothering you, you also should pay attention to your sleep positions. Sleep only on your side or on your back – never on your stomach, he says.

“When you sleep on your stomach, often you will end up twisting your head one way or the other for hours at a time,” Dr. Bang says. “Sleeping on your stomach also can affect your low back because your belly sinks in to the bed if you don’t have enough support.”

For minor, common causes of neck pain, try these simple remedies:

  • Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Use ice for the first 48 to 72 hours, then use heat after that. Heat may be applied with warm showers, hot compresses or a heating pad. Be sure not to fall asleep with a heating pad or ice bag in place to avoid skin injuries.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Keep moving, but avoid jerking or painful activities. This helps calm your symptoms and reduce inflammation.
  • Do slow range-of-motion exercises, up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear. This helps to gently stretch the neck muscles.
  • Have a partner gently massage the sore or painful areas.
  • Try sleeping on a firm mattress without a pillow or with a special neck pillow.
  • Ask your health care provider about using a soft neck collar to relieve discomfort. Do not use the collar for a long time. Doing so can make your neck muscles weaker.

If the pain gets in the way of your daily activities, Dr. Bang says to call your doctor.

5 Exercises to Reduce Back & Neck Pain Due to Prolonged Driving

Most of us spend an average of two hours in our cars, driving everyday to work, dropping the kids to school or sport and just doing everyday errands.

Our backs are in a slumped position for that time, our neck is pushed forward so that the muscles fatigue around the neck and shoulder after a short period and our mid back becomes stiff and sore.

Although we can’t change the amount of time we spend in the car, we can do a few exercises to minimise the pressure on the neck, mid and lower back by keeping the muscles strong and the joints mobile in these areas.

Here are my top 5 exercises to try when in and out of the car:

1) Upper Trapezius Activation – This muscle is a very important muscle to help support the neck and upper body posture as the major stabiliser of the shoulder blades and upper body. Sitting in the car for a prolonged period can fatigue this muscle, so reminding it to activate and work can help reduce pressure on the neck and shoulders.

  • Sitting with your hands on the steering wheel, bring your shoulder blades back and up a little bit.
  • Hold this position for 3 seconds.
  • Repeat this 10 times.

2) Bow and Arrow for the Upper Back – Stiffness in the upper back (thoracic spine) is very common after prolonged driving and increases the load in the facet joints of the neck affecting your posture. This can be reduced with simple bow and arrow stretch to reduce thoracic stiffness which can also be performed in the car.

  • Sitting up as straight as possible, with your arms out in front, on top of the steering wheel.
  • Pull one arm down by your side at shoulder height and twist your upper back with you until your elbow touches the seat.
  • Return to the starting position with your arms in front of you.
  • Repeat this 10 times per side.

3) Direct Activation of Your Rotator Cuff Muscles – Sitting directly on your shoulder blades, your rotator cuff muscle hold the shoulder in the correct position, especially when typing or using a mouse. These muscles become weaker and tighter with prolonged sitting in the car and need to be trained.

  • Sitting with your arms by your side, with your elbow by your side, bent at 90 deg.
  • Place your hands on the inside of the steering wheel.
  • Activate your upper trapezius first by bringing your shoulder blades back and up a bit.
  • Push your hand against the inside of the steering wheel to activate your rotator cuff muscles.
  • Hold for 3 seconds, then repeat 10 times per side.

4) Single Leg Bridging to Activate Your Gluteus Maximus Muscle – This exercise, working on the gluteus maximus muscle (buttock muscle) is very important because weakness in this muscle means it is harder to sit up straight when driving, which changes the posture of the mid back and neck, majority affecting neck pain. This muscle will need to be worked when out of the car, either at home or when you arrive at work.

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent.
  • Raise one leg in the air, this will be the starting position.
  • Lift your bottom into the air to bring your body to straight.
  • Hold for 3 seconds, then lower your body down.
  • Repeat 10 times per side

5) Multifidus Muscle Strength (Direct Back Control Muscle) – Again, this muscle is important for direct control of the lumbar spine, but will also need to be exercised when out of the car.

  • Start on all fours.
  • Maintain a smaller arch in the back and squeeze your lower back muscles together (you should feel a sensation of the lower back muscles pushing towards the midline).
  • Maintaining this contraction, lift your leg straight back up in the air.
  • Hold for 3 sec and lower the leg down.
  • Repeat 10 times per leg.

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Tips to Avoid Neck and Shoulder Pain While Driving

Back, neck, and shoulder pain are a common ailment in modern society. Driving is one of those times when pain can flare up. It may seem like we’ve got it made since we’re not walking or riding a horse and buggy anymore, but bad driving posture or seat position while driving can lead to serious lower back pain, a stiff neck, or a stiff shoulder. If you are experiencing neck pain, lower back pain, a sore neck, a headache while driving, driving pain, or driving stress there are some adjustments you can make to improve the problem or even eliminate driving pain.

There are several factors that can contribute to neck, back, and shoulder pain while driving. One of them is the jolting and vibrations caused by the road. Another factor is that some car seats offer no lumbar support. Poor seat positioning can contribute to pain. If your seat is too far from the pedals, your back can be strained to reach them. If your seat is reclined too much, your pelvis may tilt backward, causing you to strain your neck just to look forward. If you drive a manual vehicle, constantly pressing the clutch can put a strain on your lumbar disks.

Adjustments to your seat and the area around your seat can make a big difference in whether or not you are experiencing pain while driving. The following checklist can help you find the right position for optimal comfort while driving.

1.Make sure your seat is positioned close enough to the steering wheel that your feet can comfortably reach the pedals. All controls on the steering wheel and console should be reachable with no strain.

2.Your seat should be high enough that your hips rest even to or just below the level of your knees. Some seats don’t allow this kind of adjustment for driving posture. A pillow may be required to lift your seat up.

3.You should be the appropriate distance from the steering wheel so that your hands can rest and 10 and 2 o’clock position or where your elbows can rest on the armrests.

4.Your seat back should be positioned so that you can sit upright in a natural way, usually between 95 and 100 degrees. This will allow you to look directly through the windshield without causing a stiff neck or a stiff shoulder.

5.Adjust your headrest so that it hits you at the level of your eyes. You should be able to rest your head without tilting your neck. Resting your head periodically can help you avoid a sore neck.

6.Eye strain can cause you to tilt your neck forward as you struggle to see. This can cause a headache and a stiff neck. If you need them, wear your corrective lenses. If conditions are such that you cannot see the roadway clearly take a break for the night or until the back weather clears.

7.If your car has it, adjust your lumbar support so that it supports the whole curve of your lower spine. Many cars do not offer lumbar support or adjustable lumbar support. If needed adjust the area with a support pillow or a rolled up towel.

8.Don’t keep things in your back pocket that can take your back out of alignment. Phones and wallets should be stored in the console while you are driving.

9.If you know that back, shoulder, and neck pain are a problem for you, build in time to take quick breaks on long drives. Stopping every couple of hours for a few minutes at a time can make the difference between a comfortable journey and a painful one. You might want to look into learning some stretches you can do while driving and while taking your breaks that can add to your comfort on long trips.

All these small adjustments can make a big difference for you when you are driving. Even if all these adjustments are made perfectly, you may need to consider getting more help for your pain, especially if driving is part of your occupation. Physiotherapy can help if you have chronic pain, strain, or sprain. Physiotherapy can help 80 percent people with a musculoskeletal disorder overcome their back pain.

Driving can be a necessary part of your life. If it’s causing you pain and the adjustments listed above aren’t solving your problem, it may be time to see a physiotherapist. A physiotherapist can help you identify the cause of your pain and give you tips on healing and preventing the pain. They can help you treat your pain with stretching, interferential electro therapy, and therapeutic exercises and many other techniques.

Tips for Minimizing Neck and Back Pain When Driving

Driving can be a very uncomfortable and painful task especially for people who spend long periods of time behind the wheel. In fact, improper driving techniques can be the main reason why people begin to experience pain in the first place. Therefore, it is extremely important that we understand what causes us to experience pain while driving and how we can take the proper precautions to prevent it.

Reasons Why Driving Causes Neck and Back Pain

• The spine is exposed to constant vibrations and jolting.
• Seats may not provide lumbar support.
• Driving, especially for long periods of time, places extra strain on your vertebrae and discs.
• Many car seats are made to sit lower and tip back which places strain on your hamstrings, makes your pelvis roll backwards by sliding forward on the seat, and puts strain on your neck by forcing you to hold your neck forward 20 degrees in order to look straight at the road.
• Positioning your seat too far away from the pedals puts strain on your upper back and neck.
• If you drive a manual car, constantly pressing on the clutch puts pressure on your lumbar discs.

What You Can Do To Reduce/Prevent Pain While Driving

• Drive an Automatic Car. Automatic cars are less strenuous on your back since you are relieved of the constant clutch use required in manual cars.

• Adjust Seat. Your seat is supposed to be positioned to support as much of your thighs as possible, close and high enough so that your legs and feet aren’t reaching for the pedals, and the backrest is supposed to have an inclination anywhere from 5-10 degrees. Also, make sure that the top of your head rest is at least at eye level or higher to avoid whiplash injuries.

• Adjust Steering Wheel. Your arms are supposed to have an angle that allows your arms to be bent comfortably in the 10 to 2 position.

• Correct Posture. Since many car seats are designed to tip back, many drivers have the tendency to slump forward. This slumping position can take a huge toll on your back pain and make it extremely painful and uncomfortable for you. Practice readjusting your posture and slowly get away from your poor sitting habits so that you may begin to feel the benefits sooner than later.

• Lumbar Support. Our backs have a natural inward curve that many cars do not provide lumbar support for. Many of the newer cars provide lumbar support in the seat that may be adjusted to the curve of your lower back to sit naturally and comfortably. If your car seat does not have lumbar support, you may purchase an in-car lumbar support. For a cheaper solution that works just as well, you may roll up a towel or a t-shirt and place it between your inward lumbar curve and the seat.

• Relax. While driving, our bodies tend to tense up in response to other drivers and pedestrians and our current emotions. Although it might feel weird at first, try to rest your head back on the head rest and relax. This way, your neck and shoulders won’t tense up as much and won’t be subjected to upper back and neck pain. Eventually, this will begin to feel good.

• Take Breaks. Many drivers find that they experience back pain mostly when they are driving for longer periods of time. If this is the case, do not attempt to make these trips all in one shot. Since your back becomes weaker the longer you drive, it is very important to stop the car every once in a while to take a break to move around and stretch your body.

Driving Smart to Avoid Neck Pain

Neck pain is experienced by a significant portion of the population. While it can be caused by trauma or medical conditions, it can also be due to stress and strain on the muscles that support the neck, or to the nerves or bones in the neck. And typical activities that can result in a stiff neck include holding your head in an extended position and using your arms and upper body for long periods of time — that’s a pretty good description of driving a car.

Most of us get to work by driving. Because you probably have enough stress to worry about once you get to your job, here’s how to reduce stress and neck pain from getting there and back.

Neck Pain: Staying Pain-Free on the Road

The stress caused by focusing intensely on driving can contribute to neck pain. You can avoid neck pain by adjusting what you do before you start your drive and changing the way you drive.

  • Start with good driving posture. The best angle for the back of your seat is at 100 degrees, which is just shy of straight. Place your hands in the 3 and 9 o’clock positions on the steering wheel and elbows comfortably on the armrests.
  • Support your head. Adjust your headrest so that it touches the middle part of the back of your head.
  • Support your lower back. If your car seat offers lumbar support, adjust it to fill the space at your lower back; if not, a small pillow placed against the bottom part of your seat back will maintain the right shape from tailbone to neck. Also, make sure your seat is close enough to the steering wheel so that you don’t have to lean forward.
  • Adjust your mirrors. Give yourself the widest field of vision with all your mirrors so you don’t have to move your head around to see properly.
  • Avoid eyestrain. Driving with poor vision can lead to eyestrain and cause you to crane your neck forward, which puts pressure on your neck muscles. If you’re straining to see while driving, you need to get your vision checked. It sounds obvious, but make sure your windshield is clean to help you see clearly. If you’re driving in bright sunlight, use sunglasses with at least 99 percent UV protection.
  • Cruise along the highway. If you’re driving on long stretches of road, cruise control allows you to rest your feet on the floor and take some pressure off your back.
  • Take a break. If you start to get a stiff neck, are feeling neck pain, or better yet want to prevent it, pull into the next rest stop. Do some stretching and walk off the kinks.

If you’re like most Americans, you spend a lot of time behind the wheel. You can avoid driving with neck pain by maintaining good posture and making driving adjustments that take the strain off the muscles supporting your neck.

Think about taking frequent breaks to rest and stretch. In most cases it’s better to take a little extra time to arrive at your destination if it means getting there neck-pain free.

The Best Car Neck Pillows (Review) in 2020

Things to Consider When Buying a Car Neck Pillow

When choosing the best neck pillow for you, there are many factors to take into consideration. For instance, the typical car headrest, unfortunately, leaves an unnatural space between the neck, shoulders, and head, which can cause discomfort during driving for long periods of time. On top of these issues, the gap also leaves us in danger of serious damage in the event of emergency stops or collisions. We need to select good quality neck rest that will effectively fill up this gap and offer our spine suitable alignment, giving us a natural driving position. In fact, they are so successful at making riding in the car a much more comfortable experience, that chiropractors have even started recommended them.

  • Installation

It’s important to think about how you will fasten your travel pillow to your seat. What kind would best suit your car seat? They are all fairly similar to install, but some are larger than others, so you need to consider how much space is available to you.

Almost every car seat neck pillow is fastened through the use of the head restraint or headrest. They might have elastic straps that wrap around it or Velcro patches that stick to the headrest. Perhaps the pillow instead has straps that clip on to the headrest. However it attaches, most of them will require a headrest in order to be installed. This means that they will need to be attached to separate seat, and will not work on a bench style seat.

Some neck supports, however, do not require any installation at all. U shaped neck pillows are cushions that the user can simply place around their neck and are able to use wherever they please, without having to attach it to anything. These kinds of travel support pillows are really useful, as they can be taken on a daily commute on the train, bus or even on holiday on an airplane. They are lightweight and will not take up much space in your carry on luggage either.

  • Support Required

You also need to think about how much support you need. For people who drive for a living, it might be worth investing in a more supportive and sturdy design, with a stronger and hard-wearing core. Some of the options on this list offer more support than others, so if your back gets painful while driving as well as your neck, you may want to opt for a travel pillow that is larger and You might want to consider combining your neck pillow with a lumbar support wedge. These will not support your neck but will force you into a better, healthier posture whilst driving. Consider whether you would prefer a softer pillow for your back and neck or a firm supportive cushion.

  • Structure and Material

Another thing that is is crucial when selecting the right travel neck pillow is choosing the right kind of material. You might want something firm that supports your posture, such a sturdy memory foam. On the contrary, a soft, supple bean option might be the right choice for you. You also must decide how hard and wide you would like travel pillow to be, as it will determine your driving position, and therefore, could potentially affect your driving.

Something else to consider is whether you would like to be able to remove the cover for cleaning. As our necks sweat quite a significant amount, it is a good idea to select a neck pillow that at the very least, is crafted in a wipe clean material.

Benefits of Using a Car Neck Pillow

There is very little research into the medical benefits of using neck pillows, however, we know that support on our necks is good for use. In fact, results have shown that opting for a firm, a sturdy pillow is much more effective at preventing morning pain in the neck then a soft, regular one. Furthermore, 128 with chronic neck pain took part in a recent study and found that a combination of an exercise plan managed by a physical therapist alongside the regular use of a supportive neck pillow was more effective than solely exercise at reducing their neck pains.

It turns out that only 30 percent of motorists are actually drivings in the correct position, and only 42 percent of those were able to identify how they ought to be sitting in the car. Claire Henson Bowen, the Principal Physiotherapist at Bespoke Well-being, stated that “Poor driving positions, especially if repetitive or for long journeys, can lead to spinal pain in the neck and lower back. This can create areas of joint stiffness, muscle tightness, and altered posture. We recommend the following top tips to help keep you become pain-free whilst behind the wheel. Keep the seat as close to the wheel as is comfortable so you can easily reach the wheel with your elbows relaxed. Always adjust the backrest recline so it supports your spine without leaning too far back. Ensure all mirrors are adjusted before you start your journey to avoid excessive twisting. Build in rest stops for long journeys to get out and stretch your legs (every 1-2 hours).”

According to Claire and a string of other physiotherapy experts, proper posture when it comes to driving is essential. Using a neck support gently “forces” our necks and backs into a natural position which is better for our bodies and also our concentration. By keeping us in place, it encourages us to keep our eyes on the road and our minds focused fully on the task at hand.

Best Car Neck Pillow FAQ:

Q: Should I use a neck pillow while driving a car?

A: Yes, just as long as you don’t fall asleep! The neck pillows on our list are just so snuggly and cosy, your passengers will be tempted to curl up into a deep slumber. However, there is no need to worry about nodding off, the neck supports are designed to keep your neck in the perfect position for driving, keeping you focused and alert.

Maintaining a good posture whilst you are driving in your car is important, particularly when you are on a long trip. Some commercial drivers may be driving for hours and hours on end with no breaks, and that can take its toll on the neck and back. Car seats are designed in such a way that they leave a large gap between your neck and the head restraint, which over time, can become very tiresome and uncomfortable as your body begins to relax into the chair. Your entire body sinks into the seat, yet your neck is left without any support, and therefore, can become incredibly achy. This can lead to poor concentration whilst driving which in turn could possibly cause serious accidents on the road. In terms of your health, this could cause long-term issues with your neck and back alignment, potentially creating irreversible damage.

Q: How long does the pillow last?

A: As long as you take good care of it, your travel neck pillow should last you a good few many years. If it is made using a hard-wearing, durable material such a leather, it will pretty much last a lifetime! Travel pillows that have been and foam cores will still last you a while if you look after them but will need to be replaced over time. Where possible, try to select options with machine washable covers to get the most wear out of them.

Q: How does it attach to my car seat?

A: Most car neck supports will fasten easily to your car’s headrest or head restraint. They will either attach using Velcro straps, clips, or elastic straps of some kind. These will wrap around the headrest and sit on top of it, often protruding at the most rigid part. Because travel pillow needs to be attached to their own separate headrests, they will only work on high backed car seats, so, unfortunately, are usually not compatible with bench style seats.

Some travel neck support pillows do not require any attachments and simply hang around the user’s neck, these can be used anywhere at any time.

Q: Will it work on a bench seat or a seat without any type of head restraint?

A: Unfortunately, most attachable car neck pillows require some sort of headrest in order to be fitted properly. If your car has a bench seat, we suggest opting for a U style travel pillow instead. These kinds of travel pillows are simply placed around your neck and do not require any kind of installation at all.

Q: How does the car neck pillow prevent whiplash?

A: Using a neck pillow whilst travelling in the car helps to prevent whiplash by absorbing the impact from the collision and filling the gap between your neck and the chair. The cushion assimilates the force and acceleration that your head goes through during the event, helping to reduce the severity of damage you incur. Studies have shown that slowing down the speed of the head and neck during an accident can reduce the amount of the resulting injuries.

Our Top Pick

We love all of the travel pillows we’ve selected, but the best of the bunch has to be the TravelMate Car Neck Pillow! A seriously compact, lightweight design, it can be used pretty much anywhere and provides you with the ultimate support for your neck.

With a super comfortable memory foam core that moulds perfectly to your neck and back, you’ll be driving along in complete luxury! The memory foam also helps to distribute body heat, which aids in relieving muscle tension. It also comes with a machine washable cover for your convenience and cleanliness!

So whether you are a driving who is trying make the daily commute to work more comfortable and healthy on your back or a passenger who just wants to take a nap in the car, you’ll find the perfect cushion for you out of our top ten travel support neck pillows. From budget options to high-end splurges there’s something for everyone. Stay healthy!

Sources:

  1. The way you’re sitting while driving is secretly causing you back and neck problems – Express UK

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