You're right and you can add people of small stature like my wife! OR you can use this to load something if you have the roof rack installed. I used to have a 50lb bike that I load on our Fit and it's freaking hard, now imagine doing that with an SUV. Unless you always bring a stool or a ladder a running board like this is a great option.It extends out more than the stock running board that you can put foot on it comfortably. Still helpful for junior and senior passengers.