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Old 21.08.2012, 17:34
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Re: Shouldn't there be a minimum distance one needs to be away from the steering whee

Mrs. G. drives like this and myself and the kids had a jolly good laugh at her expense on the way back from our holibobs as I expertly imitated her driving position.
Oh how we laughed and how she protested.
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Old 21.08.2012, 18:00
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Re: Shouldn't there be a minimum distance one needs to be away from the steering whee

I used to have a neighbour who drove like this, she was a fat old bird and when she saw oncoming traffic she would break, every time. So by the time I got out of her car - so thankful that i didn't puke - I promised never to accept her generous offer of a lift again, unless the situation was very desparate.
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Old 21.08.2012, 20:43
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she was a fat old bird and when she saw oncoming traffic she would break, every time.
In two, or wind? Either way, I can see how it might cause you to vomit.
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Old 21.08.2012, 21:26
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Re: Shouldn't there be a minimum distance one needs to be away from the steering whee

I found that the driving position described by the OP frequently correlates with very (sometimes even dangerously) insecure driving.
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Old 21.08.2012, 21:53
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I've found this great link, where it indicates the propoer distance, that one needs to have in order not to get injured by the airbag.

http://www.signatureautocare.com/news-item/58
Unfortunately, it's irrelevant if your feet can't reach the pedals. If I positioned my seat to give me that sort of distance I'd be 8 inches or more away from the pedals.

What everyone's forgetting is cars are designed by men for men and the need for different, safe driving positions for women are totally ignored.

They've made the height of steering wheels adjustable; what we need now is for the pedals to be movable forwards or back too.
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Old 21.08.2012, 21:57
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Re: Shouldn't there be a minimum distance one needs to be away from the steering whee

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OTOH you also get the laid-back, usually male, driver who thinks it's cool to drive with only one hand on the wheel, with arm(s) fully outstretched to reach it, who would actually need to lean forward to move his hand round the top of the wheel. That's a genuine control issue, and much more likely to cause problems than being too close.


No.

But some like myself NEED to be laying all the way back with arms stretched as otherwise the pedals are to close..... I am so far back I use my rear passenger window to look out of. When people see my seat they laugh for the exact reason that I look like a punk but when I sit in it looks completely normal.... (its a bmw wagon also so it is not like its a small car.)
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Old 21.08.2012, 21:59
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What everyone's forgetting is cars are designed by men for men and the need for different, safe driving positions for women are totally ignored.

I would say 'bought by men for men'...when my husband and I chose our family car, we both test drove it to make sure we could handle it... he needed to make sure the roof wasn't too low

A friend of mine is very short...and she really does have a special booster seat so that she can see over the dashboard properly and still reach the pedals.

I recommend shopping around for a decent driving instructor, they are worth their weight in gold...
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Old 21.08.2012, 22:08
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I usually steer with one knee, whilst holding a sandwich in one hand and texting device in the other, so reaching the steering wheel isn't really applicable
Tried that. It's bloody hard work when you're pished....
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I usually steer with one knee, whilst holding a sandwich in one hand and texting device in the other, so reaching the steering wheel isn't really applicable
Tried that. It's bloody hard work when you're pished....
Try closing one eye to help focus better. Or both.
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