Looking for a size-friendly car? Sit down! You can’t judge the roominess of a car from the outside. You need to sit in the car and drive it. That’s the only way you can see if there is enough tummy room under the steering wheel, enough (or too much!) legroom and if there is enough head room for all passengers.
The consensus on cars is: there is no consensus on cars. Everyone is shaped slightly differently, and what one large person loves, another large person hates. That said, here are some guidelines on buying a size-friendly, plus size car.
Test drive everything you can lay your hands on. Avoid preconceptions — check out all the cars in your price range. Once you find a car you think you like, try to rent the same make and model for a week or so. You learn much more about a car when you spend some time with it over a day or two.
Vacation in your future? It’s not too late to get a good deal on airline or hotel reservations. And, it’s never too late to do a few things to make your plus size travel adventure super comfortable.
Plus Size Travel Tips
1. Waiting until a vacation period to book your hotel room can save you as much as $60-$100 a night. Tip: Check out the high-end hotels that usually cater to business executives. They are typically looking for travelers to fill empty rooms during holiday and vacation times (such as in December or July) when business travel slows down. For the best rates, call the hotel directly, not the hotel’s central 800#.
2. Schedule your travel when most people are home celebrating the holiday. Tip: Fly on the day of the holiday. On Thanksgiving or Christmas day the rates can be reduced as much as 30-50%…and you’ll have more seat choices (go for an aisle for the most room!) with less chance of having to squish into a crowded airplane.
3. If a car trip is in your travel plans, don’t forget to take your seat belt extender so that you can be comfortable AND safe. Tip: Order a car or airplane seat belt extender from Amazon for quick delivery. Your local car dealer usually has to order seat belt extenders…which could take several weeks.