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Ideally, a tall driver could raise their car seat to make space for their longer legs. However, the limited vertical space within a car means that a tall driver needs to lower their seat. In fact, some tall drivers might even wish for their seat to be even lower than allowed by the built in adjustments.
To test this out, I lowered the seat in my own car by removing the seat cushion (I had to take the seat out of the car to do this) and replacing it with a thin layer of EVA foam (the kind used in garden kneeling pads) and attached a vinyl covering via double sided tape. Please note that it is very difficult to get a seat cushion properly back on after removing it.
The resulting low position has some excellent pros:
- The forward and side visibility are way better
- The shoulder belt goes properly above my shoulder rather than beside
- I can see the speedometer better (it’s no longer blocked by the steering wheel)
- The path of the airbag lines up better
- The head rest now matches up better with the back of my head
- The seat curvatures line up better with my spine’s natural curvatures
- It would take a much larger speed bump before I hit my head on the roof
- Sitting in the lower position places your hips in a tighter angle and prolonged sitting in this position can be a problem
- My modified seat ended up being shorter, so less support under my thighs
- Less seat padding means a bumpier ride
- Less seat padding means less insulation from the metal seat frame and thereby a frigid ass on those cold winter mornings
As great as this lowered position was, I had to go back to the original seat cushion due to some issues with my hips. If you do try this modification, be mindful how your hips and other parts of your body feel.
What I did was just a test. If I was going to make it more permanent I would have hired an upholsterer or similar to make the modification. I’ve heard there are some places that can just remove some of the foam from the seat.
No matter how you do it, it’s a revolutionary experience to suddenly be at near normal height in a car!