By: Sam Bisby
Tall drivers have some problems driving cars. Cars can often feel cramped for tall drivers, whether it is caused by lack of legroom, headroom or annoyances. These are the problems tall drivers understand.
Ducking to get in your car
Tall drivers have to duck more than normal to get into the car. If you don’t duck, you get a really painful bump on your head, neck or shoulder.
Head scraping on the car’s ceiling
Tall drivers often have the problem that their heads scrape along the car’s ceiling, which is really uncomfortable and for prolonged periods can cause a headache. If your head isn’t scraping on the ceiling, you have probably kinked your neck sideways to give your head more room. Other options are to slump in the driver’s chair to give yourself more head room but it means you will have to move the car seat further away from the steering wheel meaning you may have to stretch your arms to drive.
Inadequate leg room
Generally cars have inadequate leg room for your long legs. The car seat needs to be adjusted to be as far from the wheel as possible, meaning your arms can be stretched out if you have shorter arms.
Knees hitting the steering wheel
Some tall drivers have the problem where their knees are so close to the steering wheel that they actually kick the steering wheel when changing gear or changing pedal. This can leave the driver with bruises or just make them feel frustrated.
Best cars for tall drivers
The Jeep Wrangler soft top can be easily removed in order for taller drivers to have more headroom. With removable doors for additional space, the Jeep Wrangler is a SUV providing vast amounts of leg room and extra space.
Offering 40 inches of headroom and 45.5 inches of legroom, the Kia Optima saloon is a stylish car with a roomy interior. Another benefit is that even if the driver needs to push the driver’s seat as back as possible, the rear passenger will still have a lot of leg room.
The Ford B-Max which is 12cm taller and longer than the Ford Fiesta has a tall roof to ensure there is enough headroom and plenty of legroom. With a pillar less door system, it offers easier door access and means the driver can move they can move the car seat as far back as required.
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