How to Adjust Your Seat Properly

August 23rd, 2018 by

How to Adjust Your Seat Properly

Did you know that improper seat position can be nearly as dangerous as not wearing a seatbelt? When you’re sitting too close to the steering wheel, an accident can cause nearly the same injuries as if you weren’t buckled in. Scary, isn’t it? That’s why it’s so important you know how to adjust your seat properly.
You might think, “Seat adjustments are so I can make sure I’m comfortable while I’m driving. What’s the big deal?” But there’s a specific way you should adjust your seat position so you’re safe in an accident too. Even if it feels awkward for a bit, you’ll quickly get used to it. Here are some tips on how to adjust your seat properly.

Tips for How to Adjust Your Seat Properly

Have a Slight Bend in Your Elbows

Hold the steering wheel at the 9 and 3 positions. Then, move the driver’s seat back until you have a slight bend in your elbow. It should feel like a natural resting position, not locking your elbows out straight. Most importantly, you should be sitting far enough back that your elbows are making less than a 30-degree bend. Sitting closer doesn’t allow the airbag enough room to fully deploy, and its impact can cause burns, abrasions, and other injuries when it inflates.

Adjust the Steering Wheel

Tilt and telescopic steering wheels are awesome, adjusting to meet you where you need it. In tandem with the fore-and-aft seat adjustment, move the steering wheel so you have a good grasp of the wheel.

Adjust Your Seat Height

You shouldn’t struggle to see over the steering wheel, and you shouldn’t ever have to look through it! Move your driver’s seat height adjuster high enough that you can look over the dashboard to see your car hood, even slightly.

Adjust Your Pedal Position

Several Toyota models have adjustable pedals, and that’s a great feature that can help you sit further back in the seat. Adjust the pedals as high as you can comfortably so you can maintain a safe distance from the steering wheel. \

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