Operating YOUR Vehicle Cont'd

Making Vehicle Interior Work for You

  • Adjust seat until your feet reach the pedals and can comfortably press down on them without leaning or stretching. If you are tall, be certain you have enough leg room to brake or easily depress the accelerator (gas pedal).  The driver’s heel should be able to easily pivot between brake and accelerator.
  • Adjust the steering column. There is a lever on the steering column that shifts the steering wheel either upwards toward the face, or downwards to the chest.
  • Be sure the steering wheel is positioned 10-12 inches from your face. You may have to move the seat forward or back.
  • Be certain that your back and shoulders rest against the back of the seat.
  • Be certain that your knees naturally bend over the bottom seat cushion and you have plenty of leg room.
  • Rest your RIGHT heel on the floorboard between brake and accelerator.
  • Sit high enough so the top of the steering wheel is parallel to shoulders and chin. Use a seat cushion if necessary.
  • Rest your LEFT foot on the dead pedal, something which resembles a pedal on the far left, but has no function other than to rest your foot. This dead pedal helps the driver maintain balance and stability.
  • Place your hands on steering wheel at 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock.
  • ADJUST the rear-view mirror so it covers the widest field of view, roughly 200 feet back.
  • Adjust the side-view mirrors to 15 degrees out from the door frame, the “BGE” setting. This is the best setting to reduce blind spots and glare of headlights at night.
  • Adjust the head rest. The correct position minimizes head and neck injuries. Be sure the head rest is at level with your ears, and is set not back more than 4 inches from your head.
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