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Driving lessons for a big person?

By Tiger 27 April 2010 26

My (just turned) 17 year ols son is 6′ 7″ tall and amply built.  He doesn’t fit safely in the driver’s seat of the family Falcon so we’ve had to reluctantly cease his driving lessons with us.

Although he’s a big-fella he’s far from alone these days so we can’t be the first to have had this dilemma. 

Can anybody out there advise us of a quality driving school that might use a car big enough, or adjustable enough, to accommodate him?  He shouldn’t have this important opportunity denied him just because he’s a bigger person than most of his age peers.

If anyone can help us here we’d be extremely grateful.

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big-brett 7:46 am 28 May 10

I am a large guy myself and I did my driving lessons with Panache Driver training in thier Mini cooper belive it or not that had so much more room in it that my dad large car, the doors are very large and the seat can move right back and down very low (no one could sit in the back when i was in the car lol but i had more room than i needed).
and the guys at Panache tought me so much more than I ever thought I could of learnt even gave some tips to my Dad that he uses now.
hope this helps
opps almost forgot http://www.panachedrivertraining.com

astrojax 7:13 pm 28 Apr 10

a motorcycle – der…

mutley 10:00 am 28 Apr 10

I’m surprised no one’s suggested a … Range Rover.

That’s fine if you get one of the three that were built properly.

trevar 7:31 am 28 Apr 10

I’m surprised no one’s suggested a Landcruiser or Range Rover. Both have a great deal more height than a road-dwelling vehicle.

And the other likely alternative is one of the taller people movers. We had a Mazda MPV, and it had even more room between the floor and the hood than my father’s Landcruiser.

SystemID 2:08 am 28 Apr 10

I found the 1980’s Tarago’s to be of ample vertical and gut-room, fwiw.

2620watcher 7:24 pm 27 Apr 10

My mate is of similar build (by the sounds of your description). He had a engineering modification made to his Hilux to add a 2″ plate to the seat rails, so the seat sits back an additional 2″. It required an additional compliance plate listing the modification, but he is very happy now he can drive comfortably.

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