Unsure if I can do trucking due to weird body proportions

Discussion in 'Canadian Truckers Forum' started by Viper20, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. Viper20

    Viper20 Bobtail Member

    Jul 22, 2020
    Now this is going to sound very weird but I just wanted to try to post this here to get some insight.

    Basically I would love to pursue trucking as a full time career. I love the idea of driving across the country and like the solidity of the job.
    The problem is I have somewhat a hard time with getting comfortable in the driver seat due to how my body is proprtioned. I have weirdly long femurs(thighs) for my height and short torso,arms comparatively.
    Being cursed with these proportions, I have to position the seat back so my knees won't touch the front and my arms would maneuver the steering wheel comfortably. Often times when driving a car I have to do the same and have to slouch my shoulders forward which causes shoulder muscle pain sometimes when driving for longer hours.
    Now does a truck have more legroom compared to a car, is the steering wheel more forward then a car's?
    Sorry for asking these stupid questions but I have never been inside a long haul truck.
    This is the only deciding factor for me in pursuing trucking.
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  3. Muddydog79

    Muddydog79 Heavy Load Member

    Apr 14, 2016
    Go to any dealership and hop up in one. Most big trucks have a good telescoping steering wheel which make it way more adjustable and comfortable than a car.
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  4. Phenomenal

    Phenomenal Light Load Member

    Feb 12, 2018
    Ottawa, Canada
    Cascadia's have lots of leg room and the seat is uber-adjustable. THe steering wheel is telescoping.
  5. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    Driving a truck is so much more comfortable than driving a car. They design the new trucks knowing we spend 11 or more hours inthe drivers seat everyday
  6. Atlaw4u

    Atlaw4u Medium Load Member

    Jun 8, 2018
    Also, you generally sit in a more upright position in a semi. I'm 6'1 and I can air up my seat (if I wanted to) so that my feet barely touch the floor.
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