Drivers are all too familiar with the aching joints and sore muscles that come from being in the driver’s seat for too long. The following are a few simple stretches for drivers who want to decrease discomfort while behind the wheel.
Slowly shrug your shoulders a few times. This can loosen up the muscles in your neck and upper back, alleviating some tension or even knocking it out before it builds. Perform these shrugs as often as necessary.
Shoulder Stretches For Drivers
When safe to do so, take your left hand off the steering wheel and place it on your left shoulder blade so your left elbow is pointing directly up. Return your left hand to the steering wheel and repeat this process with the right arm.
Thread The Needle
With your left hand securely on the steering wheel, remove your right hand from the wheel and cross your right arm over your body so it extends below your left arm. Crawl your hand backward, like you’re attempting to give yourself a one-armed hug until it feels tight. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Return your right hand to the steering wheel and repeat this process with your left arm.
If performing any of these stretches causes you to reduce your focus on the road or distracts you from safely operating your vehicle in any way, cease the stretches immediately.
We at Bakersfield Mitsubishi in Bakersfield, CA understand the aches and pains that can come from driving long distances. We hope doing these stretches when safe helps make your drive a more comfortable one.