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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-07-2006, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone here drive with the aid of pedal extensions?

I'm seriously considering getting some for me to put in my car but I'm wondering if anyone has used any of these products and could recommend a certain company, website, etc.

I'm only 4'11" so I have to sit really close to the steering wheel while driving and if the airbag were ever to deploy I'd probably be hurt pretty bad. I know that people under a certain height have an exclusion in the law which allows them to have the airbag disengaged but if I was in an accident then I would be missing something that could possibly help me. I almost feel unsafe driving it sometimes because I really have to tweak the angle of the seat as well as how close it sits to the steering column before I can hit the brake decent.

If you use, or know of anyone who uses pedal extensions in their vehicle I'd love to hear more about it. I did some searching on the Internet tonight and there are quite a few different products available; just don't know where to begin.
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I kind of wondered about that. I wonder if thick-soled shoes would work better.

The average height of Japanese women is considerably less than the Americans (five feet, two inches). I wonder if Japan-made cars would be better. My husband had to get an SUV when he was looking for Japanese cars because he was so tall.
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I kind of wondered about that. I wonder if thick-soled shoes would work better.

The average height of Japanese women is considerably less than the Americans (five feet, two inches). I wonder if Japan-made cars would be better. My husband had to get an SUV when he was looking for Japanese cars because he was so tall.
Good thought on the thick-soled shoes but I'm afraid I need a little more extension than just a shoe in order to be completely comfortable. And there is no way in heck I'm going out to buy another car when I can get away with a considerably smaller dollar amount in a pair of pedal extensions, not to mention a lot less hassle than car shopping.
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Platforms? Espadrilles?
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With the spina bifida that I was born with I have a slight loss of sensation in my lower legs (not total loss). Therefore, platforms would only distort my feeling of distance from the pedal and how firmly I'm engaging the pedal.
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I am extremely sorry about that.

Maybe you could go and test-drive different models without buying a car. At least you'll be able to find out what to buy five years from now. The models change yearly, but the proportions generally do not change.
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I did a search and this site looks like it has some good info -- it shows pictures of them on different types of vehicles, too.

I have no experience with this, but when I'm shopping around visuals are a must for me.

http://www.pedalextenders.com/
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LOL! That's one of the sites I visited yesterday. I'm with you - I need visuals when shopping. I have seen a few different models for what I'm looking for so I kind of know what's out there. I was just hoping someone here had experience with one of the models and could give it a review for me. Thanks though!
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I would think that silicon would probably be better than rubber. Rubber would emit volatile organic compounds in the hot summer.


Good luck in your searches. Let me know how it goes. I am the tallest woman in my family (or even extended family) and most of my family is around five feet tall so I am pretty sure that some of my relatives could use this.
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