Thanks for the ideas.
I have tried to simply extend my left leg out beside the brake (mine is an automatic) but, the idea scares the hell out of me fearing that I might interfer with braking in an emergency.
There does seem to be a lack of padding in those bolsters. I wish I could pull off the cover, grab a pipe wrench, and bend that frame member out (down) a little.
I'll pay a visit to my local dealer and see what can be done.
outside of cars I had in high school and college, I have always had Toyota's and Mazda's. I was considering a Hyundia and a Mazda and thought, given the performance of Ford and the fact that they did not take Federal money, I owed them a try .. just wish I had insisted on a 1/2 hour test drive :-(