Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What is the proper sitting position?

asked by on

What is the proper sitting position?

A: It might not seem like it, but your sitting...

It might not seem like it, but your sitting position while in the car is of critical importance. If you’re not sitting right, the seat belts won’t work correctly, the air bag may not deploy, or might injure you when it inflates, and the head restraints will not be able to do their job. Here’s the right position:

  1. Sit all the way back in the seat.

  2. Sit upright – don’t lean to the right or the left (this will actually turn off the side air bag in the passenger front seat).

  3. Make sure the head restraint is positioned correctly.

  4. Make sure the seat belt is positioned correctly, with the shoulder belt across your chest and running over your shoulder.

  5. Never ride in the passenger seat with your feet on the dash. Your feet should stay on the floor at all times.

  6. Never recline the passenger front seat fully unless the car is parked.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do you adjust the power mirrors on?

Your side view mirrors offer essential visibility for cars beside and behind you. They must be properly adjusted, though, or you will not benefit from them. Here’s how to adjust the power mirrors on your car: Understand that only...

Q: Going through a lot of brake pads on 2009 Honda Civic

There are numerous factors which impact the life of brakes including frequency of use (ie, a commute in stop and go traffic vs open highway), how hard you stop, brake hardness/softness, and rotor condition. When brake pads are replaced, it...

Q: How do I select an audiobook?

You can control your iPod with the sound system controls to help you play an audiobook. To choose an audiobook and a select chapter, follow these steps: Press the Menu button. Rotate the Tune-Scroll knob to Audiobooks, then press...

Related articles

What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.