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Alphabet urges fleets to focus on back health for drivers

So says Alphabet, which has produced an ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably’ guide for fleets.

With back trouble just as prevalent as the common cold in the UK, affecting four out of five adults, it is estimated that 14 million UK drivers regularly suffer from Repetitive Driving Injury (RDI), thanks to poor posture and sitting incorrectly in their cars. Such injuries have resulted in millions of working days being lost, accumulating in organisations losing over £1bn each year.

In response Alphabet is urging organisations to encourage their employees to make sure they know how to adjust the seat in their vehicles to create the optimum driving position.

 Adam Lupton, HR director at Alphabet, has outlined five simple steps to ensure business drivers remain comfortable, safe and pain-free:

Lupton commented: “Although these tips may seem simple and obvious to some, many of us spend more than an hour every day in our cars and often forget the long-term effect this can have on our back and neck. How to adjust the seating is detailed in a vehicle handbook, but many drivers might not actually know what a correct driving position should be to help them reduce Repetitive Driving Injuries (RDI).”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.