Winter driving tips
Stay safe during the cold and dark months
Road safety tips
Back pain can prove to be a real challenge for fleet drivers who spend hours behind the wheel in a fixed position. This is largely due to the body being exposed to a lot of vibration caused by acceleration and braking. Poor posture, inadequate lumbar support and taking no breaks also leave some drivers experiencing back problems.
Here are some practical tips to help support and protect your back:
Drivers should also keep both hands on the steering wheel in a 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock position. Driving with one hand twists the spine which can lead to back problems. Our trainer Stuart Mcmillan said steering with one hand also raises control issues and puts added “strain on the one hand and arm that are doing all the work”.
Fellow trainer Anita Haddon-Davies added: “The risks of not holding the steering wheel correctly in the event of a collision and the air bag being deployed could damage the hand and fingers. The downward pressure of a hand resting on the gear stick could also damage the gearbox mechanism.”
These are some of the practical tips we share with our customers. For more advice or information on how we can manage the safety and efficiency of your drivers, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03330 113 113.