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Driving Position (steering wheel, seat, etc.) (archive)

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Posted by VonBimmerhead on November 27, 1999 at 16:21:30:

In Reply to: Holy Mackerel! Thanks Adam. more... posted by BamaPete on November 27, 1999 at 14:20:58:

: The dealer should have known, but she was so nice and was very low-key as far as any type of sales pressure, and so I'll break the news to her gently and kindly. This option is very important to me. I like to drive with seat back all the way so I can straighten my legs as much as possible, and bringing the wheel towards me makes the position much better.

I used to drive like that as well, until I was instructed on how to properly adjust the seat and steering wheel at the BMW UDE:

1. Your upper body should be upright, so you have a good view around the vehicle.

2. Your seat should be forward enough so that your legs are bent slightly with any of the pedals fully depressed. This is usually comfortable, and much safer than locked knees in the event of an accident. If your legs are bent slightly, then they will bend as they were intended to rather than incur stress fractures. There is also the possibility of significant hip damage.

3. You should be able to rest the heal of your hand on the top of the steering wheel without raising your back from the seat.

4. The steering wheel should be positioned so that it does not obstruct your view of the instruments. Your arms should be slightly bent when gripping at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions. To test for correct position, hold your arms out ahead of you, angled slight upward. Next, gentley drop them. They should rest naturally at the 9 and 3 o'clock position.

Other tips:

1. Do not cross your arms when turning the wheel. Do "the shuffle" instead. It may take some getting used to, but the shuffle is faster once you master it. It is especially important to do this in modern airbag-equipped cars, since having your arms crossed over the center of the wheel during an impact will cause your arms to impact your face with considerable force.

2. Try not to hook your thumbs on the inside of the wheel. A large number of drivers involved in front-impact accidents have significant hand trauma as a result of this.

My $0.02.

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