5 ways to make your car comfier
Driving can be a pain.
"Today's cars have every gadget imaginable, but sometimes there's a plain lack of comfort," says veteran New York commuter Debra Caruso Marrone, owner of media relations firm DJC Communications. "What I've found, at times, is that map functions and other driving needs require one to reach so far that driving can be difficult."
American motorists spend an average of more than 45 minutes each day behind the wheel, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Urban Institute. For some, those minutes in the driver's seat can be a time of squirming and straining. (And maybe cursing.)
If you're short, tall or otherwise fall outside the "typical" profile, an automobile's features may not feel completely comfortable, says Elin Schold-Davis, director of the driver safety program at the American Occupational Therapy Association.
"Discomfort can cause you to alter the way a safety element was meant to be used," she warns. "The most frightening example is not wearing a seatbelt because, for example, it hurts your neck."
Here are 5 ways to avoid being driven to distraction by an uncomfortable car.