How to Adjust Your Driver’s Seat Properly in Your Chevy
Having a properly adjusted driver’s seat is incredibly important, but many people don’t know the best way to configure their seat for maximum support. A poorly adjusted seat can lead to aches and pains, especially in your back. Luckily, adjusting your seat for maximum support’s very easy. We’ve broken down how to properly adjust your seat to ensure that you’re getting the most support, while reducing the recurrence of a sore back from driving.
Find Buttons and Levers
The first step to adjusting your seat is to find the various buttons or levers that move it. These are located on the left side of your chair. If you have power adjustment, move the levers in the direction you’d like to move your seat. Manual adjustments are a little more difficult to get your perfect position but not by much. If the lever to move the direction of your seat isn’t on the side, check underneath the seat. It may be a long bar beneath that can be pulled or lifted to slide the seat front and back.
Adjusting your backrest is the easiest part. You want it aligned about 100 degrees tilting backward. This is just a little back from a vertical position. Completely vertical won’t be comfortable and may lead to you slouching, which isn’t only bad for your posture but can lead to back issues down the road. Too far back and you may find yourself craning your neck to see over the wheel and dash, similarly uncomfortable.
To reduce pressure on your back, the best angle’s 100 degrees leaned back. One of the biggest pressure areas is your lumbar region, towards the base of your spine. When sitting upright, this is the area that curves away from the seat. Some vehicles have adjustable lumbar support built in but many don’t. If you find yourself experiencing aches in that area even after adjusting your seat, portable lumbar cushions can be purchased cheaply. These sit between your back and the seat and can add extra support.
Next’s the height. You’ll want to adjust the height until you can see easily and clearly over both the wheel and the dashboard. Craning your neck to look up or down isn’t only bad for your back and neck, it’s also dangerous; clear visibility’s extremely important. After readjusting your height, position your rearview mirror so that you can still see out the back of your vehicle with little to no difficulty.
Your legs should be able to stretch out comfortably, without having to bend your knees too much or the need to stretch out to reach the pedal. For proper configuration, there should be two fingers’ worth of length between your knees and the start of your seat to ensure that it’s the proper length from the pedals. Even when properly positioned, if you find that your legs are still too close to the wheel, it may be a good idea to adjust the height of your wheel so that you have plenty of room for your legs.