Short In Stature? 3 Tips For Driving A Pickup Truck

Posted on: 22 August 2016

If you're not quite as tall as the average person, you might find that your height...or lack thereof...gets in the way of a lot of things. For example, not only might you have trouble reaching things on a high shelf, but you might also have trouble driving a larger vehicle, such as a pickup truck. Luckily, you don't have to give up on the idea of driving a truck just because you're short. Instead, try these tips to make it a little bit easier, safer and more comfortable.

1. Get to Know the Adjustment Settings in Your Vehicle

In the past, people were often limited to how much they could adjust the seating and other settings in their vehicles. In more modern pickup trucks, however, there are generally a lot of options for adjusting the seat, steering wheel and even the gas and brake pedals. Get to know the settings in your truck, such as by looking at the manual or working with someone from your dealership, and try the different settings. You might find that rather than just moving the seat forward, for example, you can actually move the seat upward to make it easier for you to see over the steering wheel.

2. Invest in Running Boards

If you have not yet thought about purchasing running boards for your pickup truck, it's definitely something to think about. Basically, running boards are simply installed on the sides of your pickup truck, and they're designed to provide you with a "step up" to get in and out of your truck more easily. For someone who is shorter in stature and who might feel as if their truck seat is a long way from the ground, running boards can be helpful.

3. Purchase a Seat Cushion

Did you know that many auto parts stores actually sell seat cushions that are designed to help you feel a little "taller" when you are sitting in the driver's seat? As an added bonus, they can provide you with a more comfortable seat, too. You could try making a makeshift cushion out of a stack of phone books that are taped together, which can help you sit "higher" in your seat, but a dedicated cushion can be a much more comfortable choice.

As you can see, there are a few things that you can do to make driving a pickup truck easier when you're shorter than average. Give these tips a try, and you're sure to find that driving your truck is easier and more comfortable than it has been in the past.