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Seat belt device trial shows posture benefits for drivers

As part of its road safety and employee wellbeing programme, Arval employees volunteered to take part in a trial to test a seatbelt enhancement device to assess its safety and posture benefits. The CG-Lock is a small palm sized device that clips onto existing seatbelts to eliminate the slack in the lap belt, keeping the user in the best possible position.

The trial took place last year with 60% of the Arval employees entering into the trial already experiencing back ache whilst driving. Over the period of the trial, these drivers clocked up more than 1,000 hours of driving between them. They were in cars of all shapes and sizes across a wide range of manufacturers.

The trial went on for 6 weeks with participants answering a series of questions at the end of each week to assess the value of the device. The results that Arval saw were very positive as all respondents saw benefit from the trial, feeling that the device improved their posture (significantly in over 50% of cases).

Feedback also consistently showed that the device reduced the amount of back pain that drivers felt during driving

Tracey Scarr, Fleet & Road Safety Manager at Arval comments:
“We are continually looking for ways to improve the safety and wellbeing of our drivers and were encouraged by the results of the trial. The vast majority of feedback was very positive and on the back of it we have decided to offer the device on a permanent basis to drivers who experience back pain.”


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  • donyskow - 20/05/2011 19:45

    Great Article. When you get a chance check out the National Posture Institute's Certified Posture Specialist Program: www.npionline.org. Might be right up your alley.

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