My steering wheel design

My Automotive Designs

The photo above illustrates a steering wheel I designed in 1974. The idea was to allow the thumbs to be in contact with the wheel at all times by supporting the wheel from the rear, eliminating any interference from conventional wheel spokes that are traditionally located on the inside area of the rim. With this spoke design the shuffling technique of steering could now be done without having to dodge the inside spoke system and allowed for an instant grip, as the captive thumbs could quickly pull the palm of the hand onto the rim for immediate control.

The fat rim allowed the hand a comfortable grip without having to clench the fingers around the thin rims that were common in the seventies. The serrations on the outer circumference of the rim were designed to interact with the grip pad of the hand where the fingers join the palm. This is where your main grip is achieved as you can see if you try to climb a rope. On most wheels they are found on the back surface under the fingers offering very little support on the rim.


A large hollow gear shift knob was made to match the steering wheel.


My accessory inventory included a dish wheel made of aluminum with the air valve hidden behind the hub cap – first in the world with that idea.

The three spokes were arranged to accept the four to eight grip with their thin steel design giving a minimum of interference to the hands on the rim. The rear spokes could be comfortably located between the fingers if they came in contact during the operation of turning the wheel. The horn button was raised high and central to the design, easily located in an emergency without the problems inherent in many of today’s arrangements when mounted in conjunction with an air bag. Quite often the air bag dominates the design to the point where the horn is nearly impossible to actuate without considerable inconvenience.

You may judge from the photos how much though I have applied to steering control. My opinions are not just a whim of a wild imagination; they are the result of many, many years of practical experience in motor sport and driving, instructing. The technique works, all it requires is practice, try it and see for yourself.

Unfortunately Ten to Two Results in a Very Dangerous One Hand Driving Style

To prove this, just watch oncoming vehicles and see for yourself how many drivers steer with one hand – it’s pandemic.

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