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Getting out of the car you have to rotate yourself so you are facing the door opening and then get out. If you twist and get out, your back will not like it! Sports cars may be fun to drive, but you can put your back out climbing out of them. 

The risk with most driving seats, if you are too tall, you have to tilt the seat right back, and then you are slouching excessively as there is no lumbar support. I find that just off the 90 degrees setting helps keep the back straight. Having enough headroom is therefore critical. Ideally the knees should be below the level of the pelvis, not above it! However, this is not normally possible in sports cars but usually only in trucks. Sedans or hatchbacks may have enough headroom to have an upright posture, but it is unlikely that the seat can be raised enough to allow the hips be in line or higher than the knees. Of course, this may well be possible in most cars if you are short. If you are tall, this is much more difficult.

Whether we like it or not, driving is bad for your back, no matter how expensive or inexpensive a car you drive. The art of going around a corner results in some tightening of the muscles around the lower back and rib cage. Modern cars are able to go around corners faster and faster, and in addition, modern lifestyles and impatience means that often we drive around corners or roundabouts faster than we perhaps should. Driving over speed bumps gyrates the whole spine every time you drive over them, and jostles passengers in the car, especially in our modern cars with unergonomically designed seats for taller drivers, and increasingly firm suspensions.  In addition, some roads are fully of bumps and potholes, which jostle you about in the seat and result in the body tightening up in various places to protect itself. Clearly the faster you drive over potholes the harder the thumb will be. You may want to drive more slowly and in a more relaxed manner, so you have time to react and avoid the biggest potholes.

Just remember that by driving fast and in an aggressive manner, you are only saving maybe 10-15% of the journey time, but transforming it from a relative calm experience to a stressful one and it may affect your state of mind for many hours afterwards and indeed result in increased muscle tension that you might not immediately notice.  The cumulative effect is however very significant. The ego always likes to drive fast and 'beat' everyone else. It is not worth it and very childish. Ask yourself why you drive fast when you aren't in a hurry! It is often a default mode we go into.
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