Delivery drivers need to learn how to make their vehicles as comfortable as possible, especially since they will be spending a lot of time on the road. What might start off as mild discomfort while seated can translate to serious problems after months or years of courier work.
So without further ado, here are a few simple but effective tips to help make delivery drivers more comfortable while driving along the road.
1. Be rested and sober – you seriously do not want to go driving for hours on end when you are drowsy or addled. Get a good night’s rest and make sure to keep the drinking light the night before work. Leave all partying until before your day off so you do not need to worry about its effects the following day.
2. Consider a lumbar roll – sitting up completely straight for such long periods can be hell on the back. Doing so puts a lot of pressure on that curve on your back, aka the lumbar region. Using a lumbar roll, which is designed to even out the pressure on the area, can alleviate this pressure. Do note that some vehicle seats come with built-in lumbar support, so only buy a lumbar roll if your lower back doesn’t get the support it needs.
3. Empty your rear pockets – this one is simple and straightforward. Anything thick in your rear pockets like a wallet or phone can cause great discomfort, so empty those pockets and dump the contents in your jacket pockets or in the glove compartment.
4. Practice the ‘swinging entry’ – the way you enter your vehicle can have an effect on your hips and back. The most comfortable way to do so is to first sit with your back facing the car and then swinging your legs as you slowly swivel your hips into position. Doing so takes a lot of the weight off your hips and lower back; reducing the strain placed upon them.
5. Lower the angle of the wheel – the position of your wrists and elbows on the wheel matters greatly when driving for long distances. Delivery drivers need to position the angle of the steering wheel to accommodate two factors: elbow and wrist angles. The elbows need to be bent at chest level to reduce strain on the arms, while the wrists need to lay parallel to the arm. Bent wrists and straight elbows can lead to painful discomfort or even lasting injuries if left untended.
6. Take more left-hand turns – taking more left turns on the road will reduce the amount of time you spend idling in traffic since most traffic lights will let you turn left. Your pace will be steady and you’ll spend less on fuel since your vehicle will keep moving. This is applicable for the many professional workers in the UK and other parts of the Europe who drive on the left side on the road. Areas that put drivers at right side of the road like in America will need to turn right instead of left.
Oh, and one last thing – stretch whenever you find the opportunity to do so. Delivery drivers don’t get a lot of time out of their vehicles, so taking each opportunity to stretch will keep muscles limber and blood vessels nice and open.