Driving expert shares simple car seat change which can save lives

A motor expert has issued a crucial warning to drivers who could be jeopardising their safety by neglecting a simple seat adjustment. This straightforward tip could not only prevent a catastrophic accident but also enhance your driving comfort.

Often, drivers hit the road in haste, forgetting to adjust their driving seat, unaware of the significant difference it could make. However, incorrect seating can compromise safety in the event of an unfortunate collision and potentially lead to long-term neck and back issues in later life.

Tim Alcock, a motor expert at Lease Car, urged all drivers and car enthusiasts to check their seats before hitting the road. He stated: "Many of us are probably guilty of not checking that our seat, wheel and head restraint have been adjusted to be in the correct position each time we get in the car.

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"Sitting incorrectly will not only compromise your safety in the event of a collision, but can also cause discomfort when driving for long periods of time, and potentially lead to long-term back and neck problems."

Tim advised drivers to ensure their legs don't feel strained while reaching the pedals.

He added: "The seat should be as high as possible to see the road clearly ahead, but drivers should also check that they can push the clutch pedal down to the floor without stretching their body."

"The seating position should be adjusted for all passengers in the vehicle too, and if anyone else drives your car, remember to re-adjust your seat and wheel position."

The Highway Code requires drivers to ensure their seat is correctly positioned in relation to the steering and pedals before driving, as reported by the Express.

Motorists are reminded to check not only the height of the seat and its distance from the steering wheel but also the angle of the back support.

Tim emphasised the importance of adjusting the steering wheel level and headrests to enhance safety.

"Check that your head restraint is touching the back of your head, and is as high as the top of your head too," he told The Sun.

"Steering wheel positioning should also be adjusted to ensure the airbag will be as effective as possible in the event of a collision - the seat should be as far back from the wheel as possible."

This advice follows a car expert's revelation of eight lesser-known factors that could cause a car to fail its MOT, along with tips on how to avoid them.

While many drivers know about typical MOT failure issues like faulty brakes or worn tyres, they may not be aware that other less obvious elements can also result in a failed test.

Recently, motorists were cautioned about an easy error that could result in a hefty £1,000 fine and six penalty points on their licence.