Saturday, July 11, 2009

Know your GTi #1.

I think it's shocking to know that most drivers do not know why it is so crucial to adjust the height of their steering wheel of their vehicle. The example shown below is from the Golf GTi (obviously our market version will be a right-hand drive). There is a lever below the steering wheel which when opened and pushed below will release the steering wheel's lock (refer to red arrow). Of which then, the steering wheel's height can be adjusted freely. Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn't be adjusting the height according to your shoulder's height but should be adjusted to Xcm from your chest. For the Golf GTi, the recommended optimum distance is 25cm from the driver's breast bone. This is to ensure when airbags are inflated in the event of an accident, the driver is fully protected.

Also, when adjusting the steering wheel, ensure that the surface is pointing towards your chest and not face (refer to yellow arrow). This is very important during the inflation of airbags. This is one time, you don't want something to blow up on your face. Literally.

So check with your manufacturer to find out what is the optimum distance between you and your steering wheel so that you know you're well-protected.

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