A steering wheel knob is a driving-assist accessory for steering. Installed on the steering wheel itself, this knob can help you turn the wheel faster with less effort. This is very common for old cars at a time when power steering wasn't a standard feature. Rarely will you see knobs on modern cars. For special cases, it may be necessary to equip one on your car. Here are a few things to think about when buying a steering wheel knob.
There are many styles of knobs to choose from. Here are a few of those:
- Basic: This steering wheel knob is made of a simple, steady, and solid knob attached to the steering wheel via a clamp. This has a knob that spins as you turn the wheel, allowing you to have a steady grip on the knob the whole turn. There is nothing too fancy or flashy with this as practicality is the priority.
- Fancy: This has drawings, designs, and other visual treats to add more style to the basic knob. At times, it may not look like a knob at all. You can find fancy knobs that look like a revolver cylinder, a roulette, an 8-ball, and many more.
- Handicap: Technically, this style does not look like knobs anymore. Rather, these are extensions on the wheel for people amputated, arthritic, or with any other limb issues. They still have a similar function to the basic steering knob.
Since today's cars are easier to turn because of power steering, there is no need to install this accessory. The knob is only an invitation to steer with one hand only ? this is contrary to safe driving practices. Cars with a steering wheel knob are seen as a threat and an accident waiting to happen. Because of this, police pull over drivers using them.
However, authorities allow the use of knobs for people with suffering from a disability like an amputation or weak limb. Also, if your car is a restored classic model, you might get away with steering with a knob. The issuing of a ticket is at the officer's discretion.
At the end of the day, to be safe, use both hands to steer the wheel properly. Use a knob only if you have too.