What are pedal extensions?
Pedal extensions are devices that can be attached to the regular car pedals, typically by being bolted on, that will extend the pedals in order to make them easier to reach for a driver. These devices can be beneficial in a numerous number of circumstances. If a driver’s legs cannot physically reach the typical pedals these extenders will make the drive much safer and comfortable. Sometimes it will be because a car’s driver’s seat does not come forward far enough. It could also be because a physical limitation makes having the pedals extended much more comfortable.
They are also used in many circumstances out of general safety concerns. Many people want to put extra distance between themselves and the steering column in the case of a crash because their chest would be impacted by the airbags rather than their head and neck. Pedal extensions allow them to be an optimal distance from the safety column for safety.
How to know if you need them
The majority of drivers out there will not need pedal extensions, but you could still choose to use them for a variety of reasons including the reasons we mentioned above. Either way, here are a few criteria to be aware of in order to know whether or not you should be using pedal extensions in your vehicle.
If you are having any physical issues where reaching your leg to the stock pedals causes pain, discomfort, weakness or numbness. Types of physical conditions that can cause those issues can include various back, knee and hip issues, pregnancy, arthritis, and general weakness reaching the pedals. Pedal extenders can often be beneficial for those who consider themselves short in stature or clinically overweight. One important thing to keep in mind will be that some states require a certain type of license for those using “adaptive devices” such as pedal extenders. If you feel you need pedal extensions and are not sure about the local laws and/or type of license required, get in touch with your local Department of Motor Vehicles.
Pedal extensions are useful devices that extend the length of the gas, brake and/or clutch pedals in a vehicle. They are typically only used by those with some sort of physical limitation whether it be temporary or permanent. You may need a special license or exception in order to use pedal extensions legally in your particular state, so check with your local DMV before you choose to have them installed.