When is a car the right size for a new car?
The perfect size for new cars is about as far from a truth as it gets, and that’s a fact.
A new car can only be as large as it needs to be, and a car should always be the right width for its occupants.
So how much width does a new vehicle need to be to be safe?
The answer is surprisingly simple: it depends.
If the car is to be used by two or more people, then it needs a wider range of widths.
If it’s used by one person, then its width is limited by the number of seats in the car.
For instance, if the new vehicle is meant to be a two-seater car, then the driver’s seat width must be a minimum of 27.5 inches (78 cm) – or an extra 6.5cm (2.2 inches) for the two occupants.
If a car is meant for use by a family, then wider seating will need to occur, as the width of the seat and the widths of the front seats are shared by the occupants.
This means that if you want to make a three-seated car, you’ll need to make it wider than the existing car.
However, if you’re using a car to transport three children, then a new width requirement will apply to the car as well, so the width is still a minimum for the vehicle.
There are other factors to consider too.
For example, the width requirements of your vehicle depend on its body shape.
If you’ve got a traditional four-door car, it may need to have a width of 27 inches (79 cm) or a height of 36 inches (91 cm).
A two-door vehicle would need a width requirement of 36.5 or 38 inches (96 cm).
And a three or four-seat vehicle may need a minimum width of 28 inches (82 cm).
So a car designed for use in a family can have a minimum vehicle width of 35 inches (92 cm), or be wider than a four-seating car.
The wider a car can be, the more width it needs.
But as a general rule, you shouldn’t use a car for extended journeys, unless you’re transporting three children.
For a longer journey, the maximum width for the car should be at least 37 inches (100 cm), although you can still use it for short trips if you prefer.
The rules around widths vary by manufacturer and vehicle, but for the most part, it will be safe to assume that you should be able to fit at least two occupants into a car with a width that’s wider than 26 inches (76 cm).