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Steering wheel covers are the most popular interior accessories. No wonder, because the driver constantly comes into contact with the steering wheel: you want the steering wheel to be comfortable, beautiful, and pleasant to the touch. A case is the easiest way to improve the steering wheel of the car.
Why do you need a steering wheel cover?
Owners of expensive cars with comfortable ergonomic steering wheels covered with leather usually doubt the usefulness of a steering wheel cover. And that is only until the steering wheel begins to fray. In the low-budget segment of cars, everything is initially bad: cheap steering wheels made from plastic and polyurethane are, in most cases, thin, slippery, quite rough and ugly. That is why drivers improve their own steering wheels with covers and braids.
The steering wheel braid has several important functions. We can divide them into decorative and practical functions.
Decorative functions of the steering wheel braid:
Practical functions of the steering wheel cover:
On the last point, it is worth to dwell in detail. It is not a secret that the external condition of the steering wheel is one of the main indicators of the mileage of the car. A frayed or overstitched steering wheel means that the car has run many kilometers. And the quality of the finishing materials in modern cars is such that the steering wheel can wear out after a couple of years of active use, which will create problems with the future sale of the car. The steering wheel cover allows you to keep the steering wheel in excellent condition and not lose on the price of the car.
How to choose a steering wheel cover
In addition to subjective factors (design, color, finishing material), the main objective factor in choosing a cover is the size of the steering wheel.
The size of the covers:
Depending on the diameter of the car’s steering wheel, covers are divided into 4 sizes:
S – 35 to 37 cm (13.8 to 14.6 inch);
M – 37 to 39 cm (14.6 to 15.3 inch);
L – 39 to 41 cm (15.3 to 16.1 inch);
XL – 41 to 43 cm (16.1 to 16.9 inch).
To determine the appropriate size for the cover, take a tape measure and measure the diameter of the steering wheel from one edge of the rim to the other. Sometimes they also measure the thickness of the rim, but that only makes sense if you are reupholstering the steering wheel. To choose a regular cover, all you need to know is the diameter. Some stores write the exact size of the cover, so all you need to do is measure your steering wheel and make your purchase.
Steering wheel covers are also sometimes sold by model, but we still recommend that you measure your steering wheel before you buy, to make sure that the product will fit your car.
Materials of steering wheel covers
Steering wheel covers are made of mechanically abrasion-resistant materials: eco-leather, Alcantara and synthetic fabrics. The inner part of the cover is usually glued with a grooved rubberized layer for a secure fixation on the rim.
Soft but durable eco-leather is great for steering wheel covers. With the texture of natural leather (aniline, crocodile leather, etc.), such a cover looks much more expensive than it actually costs. And the high wear resistance allows eco-leather to retain its noble appearance for a long time. Eco-leather is often perforated, which additionally increases the tactile comfort.
Alcantara, also known as faux suede, is a velvety material that is pleasant to the touch at any air temperature. Alcantara is often used for padded inserts, combined with eco-leather backing. The material does not burn out in the sun, consistently retaining its original color.
Other features of the covers
The steering wheel cover may have additional design features:
How to install the cover on the steering wheel
Putting the cover on the steering wheel, what could be easier? But there are subtleties even in such an operation - without knowing them, the steering wheel cover is often torn before use, right during the installation. The difficulty is that the cover is put on the steering wheel rather tightly so as not to slip on the rim. Therefore, its installation requires a certain physical effort and compliance with a number of rules:
Good luck on the road, drivers.
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