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It would be nice to be able to get some exercise while driving, but
the tricky part is coming up with a safe way to do it. One idea
posted here suggested adding a set of bicycle pedals that are
useable to control the car, but it's hard to see how this could be
But what if you
used a pair of reciprocating pedals, similar to
airplane rudder pedals? You could position them so they would
interfere with the standard gas and brake pedals (this would only
really be feasible on an automatic anyway), but so they could be
used as an alternative means to control the car.
Pumping at roughly a constant rate maintains the cruise control
setting. Pumping faster increases it, so to change speeds (e.g.
merging onto a freeway) you would apply a brief sprint followed
by a steady jog. Pumping more slowly decreases the cruise
speed, and not pumping at all causes the car to coast. Mashing
pedals simultaneously applies the brake. With only a little
driving via pedal power should feel as natural as the traditional
In an emergency, or if you just get tired of pedaling, you could
quickly and easily move your right foot to the standard gas/brake
Prior art acknowledged. [ytk, Mar 04 2014]
||Turn the engine off and push? It is phenomenally good exercise, my old Mini provided it every time it rained.
||The place to get some exercise is those passenger layabouts - looking out the window, turning down the treble, muttering suggestions on how the driver might improve his driving skills / moral fiber. Munching fries and strewing about greasy crumbs. I say hook that team to the plow! The driver is busy saving your lollygagging lives with his skills. Leave his song alone and start pumping those limbs!