Are you sitting comfortably, GEM asks drivers

Posted on February 1st, 2016 by GEM Motoring Assist

Driver comfort video

ROAD SAFETY and breakdown cover specialist GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging drivers to do something about any aches and pains they might experience on journeys. Discomfort and lower back pain are frequent complaints reported by many drivers, and GEM is suggesting they spare a few minutes to watch its short video that will help them and their passengers enjoy more comfortable journeys.

The free video looks at how the process of ageing can affect our ability to get in and out of the car, or drive around safely and in comfort.

GEM chief executive David Williams MBE comments: “Driving forces us to sit in a constrained posture, often for long periods of time. This can lead to stiffness and reduced mobility, especially among older drivers.

“Common complaints from our members include lower back pain, stiff neck, foot cramps, sore shoulders and finger cramp.

“We want drivers to adopt an approach that says ‘being in pain at the wheel is not normal and is not something I need to put up with’.

“Our video, produced in consultation with the Forum of Mobility Centres, offers a few ideas that should help you reduce – and hopefully eliminate – any pains or discomfort while driving.  We look at whether your car is as suitable for your needs and circumstances as it once was. We demonstrate inexpensive but safe devices that can reduce the discomfort associated with getting in and out, loading heavy luggage, turning your neck or fastening your seatbelt.

“At GEM, we want to help every driver stay as safe as possible for as long as possible. All the ideas in the video are designed to make it easy for drivers to adapt to the sort of physical changes that happen to most of us, whilst ensuring that we are always in full control of our vehicle on every journey.”

Facts about the video:

  • The video, presented by Peter Baker, lasts around eight minutes
  • The script was written by James Luckhurst, in consultation with Westminster City Council and Wessex Driveability
  • The video was funded in part by Westminster City Council and in part by the GEM Motoring Assist Road Safety Charity

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