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    Sitting on a cushion

    I recently got a Nissan NV with that enormous hood. I feel safer being higher to see better over the hood (I don't have power seats to my regret; I let my husband talk me into the base model) so I got a wedge cushion.

    I thought it would help serve as a booster, almost, and help the seat belt fit better, but I'm not finding I'm getting a tight feeling on the lap belt. Is that normal? Is there a different option to make sure I'm secure and also higher up?

    (Too bad I weigh too much for a Safety 1st Incognito )

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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    Unfortunately there isn't a safe solution to this, really. A wedge cushion probably isn't the best idea either.
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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    And here I grew up with a mother who always sat on them and my mother in law sat on pillows...all the tips for short drivers include sitting on some sort of cushion. Sigh.

    Probably better for me to get used to less visibility but be in a tighter buckle, right?

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    Honestly, I'd use an Incognito before I'd use some other wedge/cushion. At least the Incognito has belt guides and is crash tested.

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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    I'd probably break the incognito weight rule, if it were my own butt
    Theoretically speaking, though, does anyone think a cushion being attached to the seat would be less-worse than a free sliding cushion? Oh, I thought I was inventing something new, but here's one... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q5HXQ9O?psc=1
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    Visibility is a big deal. I would use the option that fits best and call it one of those real world compromises. My aunt was under 5 feet. If she hadn't used a cushion to sit on she wouldn't have been a safe driver.

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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    I would also use an Incognito.

    But, I'm short-ish and feeling like I don't have good visibility in a vehicle is a deal-breaker for me.
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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    I use an Incognito and I've gained weight so I'm definitely over the weight limit
    But as PPs said, I'm comfortable with it. I figure it's been crash tested, and most importantly - unlike a child that still needs a booster, obviously I've been through puberty and have well-developed hips. Even if the belt guides break, I don't need them to hold the lap belt down. As a short person, it's a compromise I'm okay with

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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    Quote Originally Posted by joolsplus3 View Post
    I'd probably break the incognito weight rule, if it were my own butt
    Theoretically speaking, though, does anyone think a cushion being attached to the seat would be less-worse than a free sliding cushion? Oh, I thought I was inventing something new, but here's one... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q5HXQ9O?psc=1
    $60 for that?! Wow, I'm in the wrong business...
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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    So I'm in my 9th month of pregnancy and definitely break the 120 rule

    I chucked the wedge cushion yesterday and tilted the steering wheel back down (I had it up to move it away from my growing abdomen due to the airbags when on the cushion) to gain more visibility out the window. I was only driving to my kids' school 5 minutes away and back, with a 20 mph speed limit, so I figured I don't have to see very close in front of me (and I parked at the end of the parking lot where no kids walk through and I drove through a spot so I wouldn't have to gauge distance in front of me as much)...

    Maybe after I have a baby I'll reassess my size and position in the car and figure out if I need a cushion for better safety while driving, if I fit in an Incognito (one can hope and dream, right?), or if I should just get used to not seeing directly in front of me.

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    After my back injury the physio team gave me one of those obusform seat cushions to use in my vehicle with a small wedge cushion under it to compensate for the deep slope to my car's bucket seat. It definitely gave me a boost, but still always felt really secure with my seatbelt. Is this not a safe option?
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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    Amazon.com - Large Medium-FIRM Wellness Seat Cushion (Size: 17" x 13" x 3". Color: Black) - Chair Pads
    This is what I had gotten. But I just don't feel like the buckle is tight...

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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    Quote Originally Posted by AmyW View Post
    After my back injury the physio team gave me one of those obusform seat cushions to use in my vehicle with a small wedge cushion under it to compensate for the deep slope to my car's bucket seat. It definitely gave me a boost, but still always felt really secure with my seatbelt. Is this not a safe option?
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    We really just aren't sure...we know that boosters without armrests are absolutely horrible for children without developed hip bones, but we don't really have crash data to see if adding a tall, possibly slippy cushion under an adult is going to cause a problem in a crash.
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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    Quote Originally Posted by agent220 View Post
    Amazon.com - Large Medium-FIRM Wellness Seat Cushion (Size: 17" x 13" x 3". Color: Black) - Chair Pads
    This is what I had gotten. But I just don't feel like the buckle is tight...
    I used this product or a very similar one for years in our 2000 Subaru Outback. The seat cushions were so firm it was uncomfortable on long trips. Haven't had to use it on our Toyotas. As long as it doesn't make the lap or shoulder belt worse, I'd be comfortable using a cushion or booster especially if it improves your visibility too. The submarining issue is a concern, though, as that is why seats cushions are sculpted and some cushions seem like they might at least partially defeat that benefit.

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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    I think a lot of my visibility issues are psychological -- and I am supposed to see the hood in front of me, which I am not used to. I have been driving for a couple days sans cushion and feeling more comfortable in judging distance to pull into parking spots, though I still don't feel like the lap belt is all that tight even without it. Maybe I need something BEHIND my back and since I don't I've been subconsciously not sitting in the back of my seat to gain more visibility?

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    Sitting on a cushion

    Quote Originally Posted by agent220 View Post
    Maybe I need something BEHIND my back and since I don't I've been subconsciously not sitting in the back of my seat to gain more visibility?

    I think this is very possible. Maybe try playing with the seat positions/recline? I know you said you don't have power seats, but does it have manual adjustability? My DH and I have two cars, but they are both for both of us and so neither is perfectly and consistently set up for either of us. I recently started forcing myself to take the time to adjust the seat when I am the driver and it has helped.



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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    Yes, they manually adjust which my husband and the salesman said would offer me more flexibility in seating positions, but the power seats lift up whereas the manual seats don't...so I can play with the recline, and have done so, but I think either way, the seat itself is too big for me, and being at the back of the seat doesn't afford me great visibility so I probably end up sliding myself forward on the seat to see better.

    We're also used to switching positions often as my husband is half a foot taller than me and we've always shared vehicles. It's not a problem for us to always adjust the settings, but that's not the issue, I don't think.

    Should I look into one of those lumbar pillows that strap on to the seat? I am the main daily driver of this vehicle, so I know that won't bother my husband and for long drives when he's the main driver, it's not a big deal to remove it.

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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    Update: I found a thin foam pad thing in my kids' closet that I think one of my boys kept as a "treasure" from a shipment we got. I folded it into an L, and it has a slip proof backing on the other side. It fits perfectly in the seat, and it gives me a little lift up for better vision, but not too high that it is hard to reach the pedals, and it also gives a little extra padding for my back so I don't have to sit all the way back in the seat. I hope this helps anyone in a similar situation

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    Quote Originally Posted by joolsplus3 View Post

    We really just aren't sure...we know that boosters without armrests are absolutely horrible for children without developed hip bones, but we don't really have crash data to see if adding a tall, possibly slippy cushion under an adult is going to cause a problem in a crash.
    I've never heard this before regarding boosters without armrests. Do you have any links that discuss this? If this is true, I'd be very interested in reading up on it.
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    Re: Sitting on a cushion

    Quote Originally Posted by aporthole View Post
    I've never heard this before regarding boosters without armrests. Do you have any links that discuss this? If this is true, I'd be very interested in reading up on it.
    I would as well. I've also seen stuff floated around about 4-year olds not being suitable for boosters due to hip development and I'd like to see some compelling recent research about that, too. Not that these things would surprise me, it's quite possible they happen in crash test labs and are discussed at conferences and meetings as theoretical in nature. I'm more interested if these things are actually any concern in the real world.

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