Think of your back when driving

Everyone knows how important back-friendly office chairs are, for a long time car seats have been neglected in this respect. The good news is that attitudes are changing. Although back-friendly car seats are still not part of the standard packages, they are certainly no longer an exception. 

The pioneer for back-friendly car seats is Adam Opel AG. Opel de- clared its intention back in 2003 to offer a back-friendly car seat in all vehicle categories. And Opel has nearly achieved this goal, with AGR seats available (as driver's and front passenger seats) in all models apart from the very smallest cars. 

Volkswagen also offers AGR-certified sitting comfort. At the mo- ment, the ergonomic "ergoActive" and "ergoComfort" seats are cur- rently available in the Golf 7 (including Variant and Sportsvan), Passat and in the Touran (also as front passenger seats) and soon also in the new Tiguan. In the Phaeton, even rear passengers will find seats with the AGR seal of approval. 

Hyundai as the fourth largest car maker will be presenting a pre- mium-segment vehicle in December 2015 with AGR-certified dri- ver's and passenger seats together with certified rear seats. 

Unfortunately, many drivers don't realise that their car seat is re- sponsible for the painful tension they feel in their back muscles until after they have driven many kilometres. 

Ideal adjustment of your car seat: 

1. Move your buttocks right up against the backrest of the seat. Now adjust your seat so that your legs are slightly angled when the pedals are pressed right down.
2. The tilt of the backrest must allow you to hold the steering wheel with your arms slightly angled. To achieve this, adjust the backrest to an angle of approx. 110 degrees. Make sure that your shoulders remain in contact with the backrest even when steering.
3. If the backrest has a head adjustment, only change this if the normal shape of the backrest does not give your shoulders enough support. Less is more in this context.
4. Now select the right seat height for you. Sit as high as possible, while still leaving a hand's breadth of space between your head and the roofliner.
5. Adjust the seat tilt so that your thighs rest gently on the seat surface and you can press the pedals through without having to apply too much force.
6. After adjusting the seat length, you should still be able to fit 2-3 fingers between the front edge of the seat and the back of your knees.
7. Adjust the headrest so that it protects your head but does not support your neck. If the setting of the headrest is too low, this can cause severe injuries to the head and cervical spine in the event of a rear-impact crash. Ideal: upper edge headrest = upper edge head.
8. If the backrest and seat surface have adjustable side supports, ensure that these are in gentle contact with the body without being constrictive.
9. The natural shape of your lumbar spine is supported by the lordosis support. Always adjust this from bottom to top. The pelvis (belt line) is the most important area for support. 

Check all the settings again in the same order. Then the seat will fit correctly. More information: