Driving with neck issues

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ChronicPain1970
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   Posted 9/21/2017 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
One of my issues is severe cervical pain which causes over-the-top, increased neck pain. The backup camera in my vehicle is a Godsend as well as I have a Toyota Highlander which I find better for driving because I "sit higher" than a standard car. It helps me from having to twist and turn my head so much. I can drive only very short distances. Otherwise, my husband needs to drive me. Luckily, he likes driving; says it's scenic!!





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pitmom
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   Posted 9/21/2017 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I drive a Chevy Silverado. Being up high is a definite help. It has a split bench seat which is so much more comfortable for my spine issues as well.

Driving any distance definitely messes with my neck, having to keep my eye on the road with my neck in basically one position. Too much time on the computer will cause me the same issues neck wise.

My partner prefers to do the driving, which would be fine, except her car seats (Toyota Carolla) kill my back!

My daughters' car, an Oldsmobile Alero, is a torture chamber for me! Heavy doors, old bucket seats, ugh!

Yep, love my pick up truck!
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ChronicPain1970
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   Posted 9/21/2017 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
pitmom said...
I drive a Chevy Silverado. Being up high is a definite help. It has a split bench seat which is so much more comfortable for my spine issues as well.

Driving any distance definitely messes with my neck, having to keep my eye on the road with my neck in basically one position. Too much time on the computer will cause me the same issues neck wise.

My partner prefers to do the driving, which would be fine, except her car seats (Toyota Carolla) kill my back!

My daughters' car, an Oldsmobile Alero, is a torture chamber for me! Heavy doors, old bucket seats, ugh!

Yep, love my pick up truck!


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I thought I was crazy for thinking that a "higher" vehicle reduced my neck pain. Literally, I thought I was the only one. I had told my husband this and he didn't believe me.

straydog
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   Posted 9/21/2017 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I drive a Honda CR-V & love it. I am higher up so I am able to see around me much better. Before the CR-V, I drove Accords & got to the point I could not see as well, not to mention being low to the ground. My driveway has a bit of an incline & getting out of the car became a real hassle. Husband has a fairly new Ram PU that I refuse to drive. I am 4 "11" & the seats are very high back, I cannot see much over the steering wheel. This is with the seat jacked up as high as it will go, lol. I have driven every PU he has owned & loved them. Not this new one, I am out. I do not feel comfortable driving it, so I don't. It has the backup camera which he loves. I drive daily running errands & such & have to be comfortable.
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Abilene
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   Posted 9/21/2017 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never owned a pick up or other taller vehicle but I've been wanting something that would make me higher. This conversation will certainly be used in deciding what we get next. I never knew it would be easier on my neck, but it does make sense. And it must have the back up camera! Thanks for sharing.
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tiredredhead
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   Posted 9/22/2017 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! Great ideas. I am coming to despise my little Kia Forte. Great gas mileage but those contoured seats are terrible. They are not made for short people. Nothing hits where it's supposed to. Love my hubbys old Blazer tho. Too short to drive it but its a better ride.

I think I will have to get a taller vehicle myself. Am pretty much falling into and crawling out of this kia.

He drives a semi. Wonder if he'd trade me. Lol

Sarah

Alcie
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   Posted 9/25/2017 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I can only turn my head a little, have to turn my body, so good side view mirrors are important. My new car has larger mirrors and blind spot mirror standard.

I just bought a new Toyota RAV4 because I sit higher, making it easier to get in and out, also seat is adjustable higher so I can see over the hood. I tried out a Jeep Compass because I loved my very old Jeep Liberty, but couldn't see over the hood. I think a Subaru Forester might be right for some of us also, but crash protection wasn't on base model. I don't need a big vehicle, just a grocery-getter, but new cars are SO much better now. I loved my Dodge truck, but gave that away years ago.

I am perfectly happy with a base model because it has the front end crash protection, backup camera, lane departure. I was happy to lose the stupid roof rails because it's easier to remove snow without them. I never used my sun/moon roof. I like the hands-free bluetooth that reads my texts. I already have GPS on my phone, so don't need to pay extra for that.

Just get the car or truck that's right for you!
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