Tips For Proper Seat Adjustment

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Davy A.'s Comment
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This is a useful thread. Ill try both methods once im training. In a car and pickup i generally move the seat up higher but the steering wheel sits much more flat in a truck im guessing? I usually have a problem of pedals too close in relationship to steering wheel to far away. If it makes sense, I like the steering wheel close enough to where I dont have to stretch for it, but that usually means i have to put the seat too close to the dash. If i set it comfortable for my legs and the pedals, then im too far away from the steering wheel. I dont recall it being a problem in box trucks and equipment Ive driven because the steering wheel is usually much more horizontal aligned than vertical in a car?

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double-quotes-start.png With all these tips, why does it show, "Considering A Career"? Do you drive now?

Lol, I saw that but thought it was just a typical forum "humor title" based on post count, forgot it was something set in Profile creation over a year ago. Fixed now.

KeepingOn's Comment
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I've been driving less than a year, but seat adjustment is a big deal to me. :)

I usually have a problem of pedals too close in relationship to steering wheel to far away. If it makes sense,

Yes, makes total sense. What you describe is same problem I have in cars.

but the steering wheel sits much more flat in a truck im guessing? ... I dont recall it being a problem in box trucks and equipment Ive driven because the steering wheel is usually much more horizontal aligned than vertical in a car?

I've only driven one truck (well, numerous trucks but all the same basic model) and the steering wheel is much more adjustable than any car I've driven. I'd give a days pay for more vertical adjustment capability, but overall it is very nice. I can get my seat/pedal distance how I like it and then pivot and slide the steering wheel to whatever feels comfortable.

I wonder if more experienced drivers can say whether different truck makes have any significantly different level of steering wheel adjustment. Like are Freightliners generally the best? Volvo the worst? All about the same? Varies too much based on model year to say? Thanks!

Jim W.'s Comment
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While I'm only starting my career as a driver, I do have several years experience as a massage therapist. As Old School mentioned, take your wallet out of you pocket. Sitting on that brick is probably the number one preventable cause of sciatica. Not only can that cause pain in the glutes and shooting down the affected leg, it can also cause lower back pain. The wallet can also cause your pelvis to be mis-aligned, giving you lower back and hip pain. Also take Errol's advice about lumbar support. If you don't have proper lumbar support, you put too much pressure on your tailbone. I tell clients who drive a lot to at least put a small pillow between their lower back and the seat back. You just want to maintain the natural curvature of you lumbar spine, so you don't have to overdo it. If you try to work with the natural posture of the body and reduce the pressure/pinch points you'll be well on your way.

Dean R.'s Comment
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I'm not sure what company you work for, but at larger Schneider OC's there is a physical/occupational therapist that has training in seat adjustments. They will go with you to your truck and coach you on getting your seat adjusted.

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I'm not sure what company you work for, but at larger Schneider OC's there is a physical/occupational therapist that has training in seat adjustments. They will go with you to your truck and coach you on getting your seat adjusted.

Man that would be nice! I don't think Pride has that, but I'd be all over it if they did. I have tried all the suggestions and am doing much better. The tail bone/low back pain is significantly reduced, the actual ass-cheek numbness is still prominent but better. I think that last part could be due to the seat itself. My trainer is a fairly large individual and me thinks the padding is just done with. Plus it's Freightliner pleather, so who knows. I have about 3 weeks left until training is completed. Then I'll have plenty else to worry about that will keep my mind off of my keester.

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