Steering Wheel Covers

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BK's Comment
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Do those big fat steering wheel covers reduce fatigue in the hand and arm? Lately I’ve been experiencing discomfort in my left hand and arm while driving a full shift and I am thinking of buying one for my steering wheel.

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PackRat's Comment
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I think so, and have always had a cover. I am actually installing a new one today as the current edition finally started peeling the cheap outer layer over the past couple months.

Keep your hands and arms moving around the wheel and use different hand placement while driving to avoid repetitive movements for long periods should also help.

Pianoman's Comment
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I think it depends on the cover. I’ve never used a steering wheel cover until this truck I’m in now and I think it helps because it has ridges in it and isn’t slippery like the steering wheel is when it’s clean

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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Yep, it does. Coming from the work comp world, I heeded the recommendations from the PTs that worked with our injured workers regarding return to work, ergonomics, and preventing re injury.

I cried when I spent $45+tax for the quilted monstrosity that is at Iowa 80. I cussed even harder when I had to use three crescent wrench handles as levers to get it on. I cussed even more when I realized I got the seam in the wrong spot! Then I decided I wasn't fighting with it until I have to turn in the truck, or replace it.

I have noticed way less fatigue in my hands, and no decrease in grip strength at the end of a full drive day. It might take a while to find one that works for you, but in my opinion, worth it.

PackRat's Comment
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Okay, the tricks for installing these is first to get the cover as warm as possible. With Summer temps, keep it in the top bunk all day. If parked, sit it out on top of your hood, or up on the dashboard in the direct sunlight for several hours. Get it as warm as possible which will make it a bit easier.

Next, I use parachute cord to hold it on the steering wheel in segments as it is going on. Start from the top, move down six inches on the left side, then three wraps around the cover and the steering wheel to hold it in place. Repeat on the right side. After the halfway point, you'll have to pinch your fingers and pull, push, and stretch it to fit the remainder of the way. Don't give up! It's extremely tight, but it will fit on there. I installed a new one today in under five minutes. The more I do them, the faster it goes each successive time.

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RealDiehl's Comment
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Never would have thought of that. Thanks for sharing!

Okay, the tricks for installing these is first to get the cover as warm as possible. With Summer temps, keep it in the top bunk all day. If parked, sit it out on top of your hood, or up on the dashboard in the direct sunlight for several hours. Get it as warm as possible which will make it a bit easier.

Next, I use parachute cord to hold it on the steering wheel in segments as it is going on. Start from the top, move down six inches on the left side, then three wraps around the cover and the steering wheel to hold it in place. Repeat on the right side. After the halfway point, you'll have to pinch your fingers and pull, push, and stretch it to fit the remainder of the way. Don't give up! It's extremely tight, but it will fit on there. I installed a new one today in under five minutes. The more I do them, the faster it goes each successive time.

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