Do you have a bucket list for your summer? Maybe it includes lazy days in Rehoboth, catching waves in Wildwood, heading to Washington D.C. to check out some museums or up to New York to catch some shows. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 91% of summer travel is done by driving in the car; with an average mileage of 284 miles. As a Delawarean, you probably agree that one of many great things about Delaware is we are relatively close to many great attractions. As you get ready for your summer adventures, remember these road trip tips to stay safe, comfortable and protect your spine!

Clear the Area
Ever get ready to go and realize you have room for everything but your feet?! To stay safe, you need to have a clear area. Your feet should be able to rest at a 90-degree angle and have room to stretch for blood circulation throughout your ride. Make sure your seat is also clear. Avoid sitting on phones and wallets, or resting against your bulging purse or cooler.

Customize Your Seat
You are going to be sitting for a while, so adjust the seat for your body. Make sure you can sit upright, without having to lean back and forward continuously. Tilt your seat up just a tad so your knees can rest comfortably at a 90-degree angle on the ground but also take the pressure off your spine. Support your lower back by adding a pillow, inserts, or cushioned object so it can rest comfortably.

Stop Every 2 Hours – Stretch!
The best thing for road trip success is stretching! Stretch before, stretch during, and stretch after. We understand that once you go, you just want to get there; but scheduling a 15-minute stop every 2 hours should be a minimum to help relieve tension in your body.

With these tips, we know your road trip will be a success! Happy Traveling from the team at First State Spine!

If you have back pain or back problems, make an appointment with one of First State Spine’s specialists for recommendations on which exercise program would be best for you.

It’s time to get a handle on your spine health and live free of pain! However, always check with your physician to see if these tips are safe to follow based on your health history.