If you are short in stature, you might have to worry about things that many others do not. Driving, for example, can be tricky and uncomfortable if you are a bit shorter than the average person. In some cases, it can even be dangerous, such as if you aren't able to see out of your car well while you're behind the wheel. Luckily, following these three tips can help make driving a bit safer, easier and more comfortable.
1. Buy Running Boards
Do you have a taller vehicle, such as a pickup truck or a sports utility vehicle? If so, you might have trouble getting in and out of your vehicle easily. In fact, even some people who are average in height or taller have trouble getting in and out of these types of vehicles, so it only makes sense that it might be challenging for someone who is shorter in stature. Luckily, you can purchase truck running boards at an auto parts store -- particularly one that specializes in selling parts for trucks -- that will provide you with a "ledge" to step up onto when you're getting in your vehicle and to step down on when you're getting out. This can make it easier and more comfortable for you to get in and out of your truck or SUV.
2. Invest in a Wedge-Shaped Seat Cushion
If you have trouble seeing over the top of the steering wheel, you might need a cushion that you can sit on so that you can be a bit more elevated. You can rig up your own cushion by taping several phone books together, but this might not be as comfortable as an actual cushion. Look for a cushion that is designed for shorter drivers; you should be able to find one at an auto parts store. When you use it, you may need to move your seat as far forward as possible so that you can still comfortably reach the pedals.
3. Play With Your Mirrors
The adjustment of your mirrors is important for any driver, and it is particularly important for someone who is short and has trouble seeing out of the car. Adjust your side view and rear view mirror until you are able to maximize your view; this can help reduce blind spots for easier and safer driving. You can practice by placing small red drinking cups or other items around the perimeter of your vehicle, then adjusting your mirrors until you're able to see these items when you are in the driver's seat.