Sittin' right: Automotive Ergonomics Part 1

Gear and Tech : December 9, 2008

I think people very seldom value how important proper ergonomics is.

What exactly is Ergonomics? The scientific study of people and their working conditions, done in order to improve effectiveness. While it sounds boring, ergonomics is insanely important. You only get one body, and you know how fast that can all go downhill, which is why items in your car such as your steering wheel, shift knob and seat are so important.

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First off is your steering wheel. This is the most direct contact you personally have with your car. Having a comfortable steering position isn’t always an option in a highly modified car, but it’s very important. There are many options on the market today that are more ergonomically correct than others. The manufacturer Sparco has always been praised as having ergonomic wheels and very high quality products. Not only will you gain steering feedback but whatever wheel you get will net you instant baller status!

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Next up, and arguably most important, is your seat. Without a good seat, you’re missing the most important piece of the puzzle. A good seat should have your knees placed above your hips (did you know that?) and should be adequately wide enough to hold you into it. Recaro is a very well known and respected name in the automotive industry and their Racing Seats are known for being the best.

Stay tuned tomorrow for part two of our Automotive Ergonomics blog. There’s much to know about proper ergonomics and I think you’ll be surprised with how important it can be…Can that sound any more like a boring professor???