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Posted by carbheat on March 11, 2007, 4:50 pm


My wife and I about to go on a long trip in a couple of weeks (over 20
hours of driving.) I've been happy with my 2006 Prius, but have
noticed that on long drives my hips can start to get sore. (I'm rather

I was originally going to ask if there are any seat cushions that
might help, but I think I'll expand it to a general request for tips
on increasing comfort for long trips.

- Jason

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on March 11, 2007, 5:02 pm

My husband's mother recently bought his 2004 Prius.  She raves about
how she finds it so much more comfortable on her long drives to/from
ME/NY than her previous car, a Subaru Legacy wagon.  (She's also in
love with the 6CD changer.)

Anyhow, I asked her what cushions she uses for her driver's seat.
(She transferred them from her Subaru to her "new" Prius.)  This is
her response:

C440412  $0 orthopedic cushion
C345785  $9.95 therapeutic gel cushion

I put the gel cushion on the bottom and the other on top. I personally
like to use both, but seperately either works well just depends on
your needs.

I'm sure these can be found perhaps at somewhat lower  prices if
people want to search. Brookstone also has specials which is when I
bought them.

I'll also suggest that you plan to make some stops along the way.  Get
out of the car for a few minutes every couple of hours, stretch, use a
restroom, break the monotony of driving.  (You'll probably need a pit
stop more often than the car will!)  Much of the uncomfort is just
from forcing your body to sit in the same position for a long period...

Posted by Michael Pardee on March 12, 2007, 11:33 am

Great advice, Michelle. For older riders especially, regular "get out and
stretch your legs" stops are also medically advisable to prevent dangerous
blood clots in the legs. (A little tip from my wife, the geriatric nurse.)


Posted by Buck Frobisher on March 13, 2007, 11:10 pm

I would suggest that stopping once an hour for a short "bend and stretch" is
even better.  I would also point out that reducing the quantity of fluids
will tend to even out the drive and let -you- decide when you want to stop,
and not some annoying part of your anatomy...

Posted by Piper on March 14, 2007, 3:39 am

A good audio book, or two, passes the time rather nicely.  Not exactly
an answer to your request, but it will take your mind off of your
aching hips.
Piper <":">

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