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Tips To Help Keep Fit In Your Car!

As driving instructors, we spend longer than most sitting in our cars. Here are useful exercises for keeping active and alert behind the wheel.

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A very simple but effective exercise to do is the neck roll. This involves tilting your right ear towards your shoulder and holding for 5-10 seconds, and then doing the same with the left. Then place your chin towards your chest and hold for 5-10 seconds again. Then while looking directly ahead, turn your head to the right and hold for 5 seconds and do the same with the left.

The leg stretch is also a useful exercise. When in your vehicle take your feet off the pedals and put your feet flat on the floor. Lift onto your toes in a pumping motion to exercise your calf muscles.

A good posture is essential while driving. A wrong seating position may put a lot of strain on your body and make you more susceptible to injuries.

  • Knees should be slightly bent with the left knee slightly bent when depressing the clutch.
  • Your back and shoulders should rest firmly against the seat, and the backrest should support the whole of your back.
  • Elbows should be bent at 30 to 40 degrees.
  • Your head should be positioned about 2.5 to 3cm away from the restraint.

If possible, take breaks between lessons. This can include a short walk before you get back into your car after reaching your destination, or simply doing some stretches outside your car.

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