Real estate can be a demanding job—both mentally and physically! When you’re not lifting signs or staging a home, there’s a good chance you’re in your vehicle traveling to and from appointments. All that driving can really take its toll on an otherwise healthy body! That’s why we’ve compiled the following driving tips to keep you strong, healthy, and ready to sell.
The shape of your vehicle’s seat may put unwanted pressure on your body. Your legs shouldn’t be bunched up under the steering wheel, nor so far from the pedals that you feel the stretch in your hamstrings. Adjust the seat pan so that there’s two or three finger widths of space between the front of the cushion and the back of your legs. Tilt the seat back to a 100-110 degree angle in relation to the bottom of the seat and adjust lumbar support, if applicable. The back rest should ideally touch the full length of your back, from shoulder to tailbone, to evenly distribute your weight and provide sufficient support.
Here’s a simple trick that will help you maintain proper posture. Sit up straight and adjust the mirror so that the reflection is lined up with the top edge of the rear window. If you start to slouch, the reflection will shift, reminding you to straighten your spine.
If you find yourself stuck in traffic or making your way through a busy part of town, you might succumb to the temptation to grip the steering wheel a little too tightly. This places extra stress on the joints in your fingers and your wrist. When you notice you’re doing the vice grip, loosen your grip. At a stop, open and close your hands a few times or wiggle your fingers a bit. Try to relax with a deep breath or two. It’s good for the mind and the body!
Long, uninterrupted drives can reduce blood flow and cause muscle cramps. Consider stopping and stretching your legs to break up a longer trip if your schedule allows.
As a road warrior, your car probably doubles as your mobile office. Try to switch positions often while working in your vehicle. Avoid twisting, leaning, and slouching as much as possible. Move to the passenger or rear seat to work on your laptop or read paperwork to give yourself additional space. Keep a portable laptop stand or lap desk in your car and use it to maintain an ergonomic posture.