A Survey of the wheel and pedal layout, and kerbheight of current motor cars. Use this to avoid cars with layout problems and to help you choose one that fits you. click here
Five simple tests that drivers can do when sitting in a car which can help to highlight layout problems. click here
Analysis of Driving Position
A reprint of a paper discussing the effect that design and layout of cars has on the driver. Some technical stuff, but fairly accessible. click here
Loss of Lumbar Curve in Driving Seat
A reprint of a paper examining what happens to the lumbar spine in a car seat. Heavy reading! click here
Registered Osteopath. BSc(Hons) Ost.Med. DO.
72 Lochalsh Rd, Inverness, Scotland,
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Bryan McIlwraith is a practicing osteopath. He studied at the British School of Osteopathy in London, and gained his diploma (DO) in 1976. He also gained a First Class Honours degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Westminster in 1996. He practices in Inverness, in the north of Scotland. He has served as chairman of the Scottish Osteopathic Society, and also as an External Examiner of Final Clinical Competence for the accredited osteopathic colleges. He has been interested in motoring for all his adult life and has published papers (see above) and numerous articles on the problems associated with motoring.
Please send me mail telling me what you think about this page and how I might improve it. Please note that I cannot answer questions such as “What is the best car”. The information on these pages is designed to help you make that choice, but you still have to find the car that suits you. People come in all shapes and sizes, and what suits one will not suit another, so there is no such thing as the “best car”. However, there are some "lemons" to avoid!
Bryan McIlwraith has been interested in motoring in general and classic cars in particular most of his life. He is a past chairman of the Highland Classic Motor Club and currently runs a 1972 Triumph Stag and a Jaguar Sovereign XJ40.