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4 Reasons to Use a Steering Wheel Cover

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cloth steering wheel cover
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A steering wheel cover may seem like a purely aesthetic accessory to install, but it actually offers a handful of functional benefits too. Beyond sprucing up the driver’s seat with some colorful personalization, these are some practical advantages to buying a steering wheel cover for your car.

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Stays cool

It’s a literal pain to hold a steering wheel after it’s baked in 90-degree heat all day. A cloth steering wheel cover doesn’t retain heat the way leather or vinyl does, so it’s not painful to touch on a hot summer’s day. Your skin also won’t stick to the cover when you sweat like it does gripping

Keeps your hands warm

On the flipside, if a frigid chill sweeps through and you weren’t prepared with winter gloves, a cloth steering wheel cover will keep your bare hands warm while you wait for the heat to blow through the air vents.

Reduces grip fatigue

Just like a foam pillow supports your neck and a plush chair cushion provides gluteal and lumbar relief, a padded steering wheel can alleviate hand pain. Many steering wheel covers have a soft foam layer that cushions your hand, reducing cramps, stiffness, and fatigue as you squeeze the wheel for hours.

Protects the original material

Years of use, baking in the sun, and palm grime can cause a car’s original steering wheel’s material to dry out, crack, and deteriorate. If your car’s steering wheel hasn’t been properly cared for, a cover can shield it from incurring further damage.

Of course, the effectiveness, comfort, and safety you receive from a steering wheel cover depends on the brand and unit you buy. If you decide to purchase one, make sure it’s a high-quality product with positive reviews and a proven reputation of reliability and durability.

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