Getting a steering wheel cover for your car is probably one of the most affordable and best ways to customize your interiors. These covers come in many different designs and materials. They also come in two different types – one that has to be stitched over the wheel and the other one that just requires a bit of stretching to fit snugly into the wheel.
Many people who opt for a steering wheel cover are generally looking at it as a decorative item. But it turns out that this simple accessory offers more than looks. If you spend a significant portion of your day behind the wheel, you will understand how uncomfortable latching onto a steering wheel can be. Palms can get sweaty, the wheel can get slippery, and you can even get blisters. These discomforts can distract you from focusing on the road. This is where a steering wheel cover comes into play.
Benefits of Getting a Steering Wheel Cover
- It prevents the wheel from early wear and tears. Regular use of the steering wheel will lead to it wearing out over time. This can become extremely dangerous as it diminishes the driver’s ability to control the vehicle. A steering wheel cover can prevent these from happening as it helps minimize damage to the wheel and even hide an existing one.
- It provides a better grip. Many car models have steering wheels made of plastic or vinyl that are either too slick or too difficult to grip because they are not thick enough. Adding this aftermarket upgrade will improve the grip of the steering wheel, increase the handling of the car, and make any drive much safer.
- It makes the driving experience more comfortable and pleasurable. Steering wheel covers serve as insulation between the hard plastic of steering wheels and your hands. They make driving on a sweltering summer day or a cold winter day more bearable. Instead of idling and waiting for the wheel to cool down or turn warm enough to touch, you can hit the road as soon as you step in.
- It helps reduce driver fatigue. Several steering wheel covers feature ergonomic designs, such as a cushion grip or thumb pads, that improves not only your grip but also provides much-needed comfort. These features are not only there for style, but they also help prevent driver fatigue, especially during bumpy or long drives.
Common Materials Used for Wheel Covers
- Leather covers are very durable and provide a naturally good grip to drivers. They are usually sown over the wheel for a better fit.
- Wooden steering wheels provide a unique and sophisticated design element to any vehicle interior. They are made from real wood and made with a smooth and shiny finish.
- Synthetic materials are made from rubber or polyester and are often cheaper alternatives to genuine leather. Unlike leather, however, most of these materials provide strong smells.
One type of cover that’s gaining popularity these days are the fuzzy steering wheel covers. These covers are usually made of faux fur or wool and are primarily added to a wheel to add style and pop to any car interior.
How do we Make a Fuzzy Steering Wheel Cover?
- Faux Fur or Wool
- Measuring Tape
- Sewing materials
- Measure the diameter of your steering wheel. Stretch the measuring tape horizontally across the front of the wheel. The values usually range anywhere from 35 to 45 cm.
- Measure the thickness of the steering wheel. Wrap the measuring tape around the grip, and the values usually go from 5 to 11 cm.
- Cut out the fabric (faux fur or wool or any fuzzy fabric) according to the measurements that you made.
- Layout the elastic on top of the fabric and stretch it out as much as possible to ensure a snug fit on the wheel. Attach or pin one end of the elastic to one end of the backside of the cloth.
- Feed the fabric with the elastic through the sewing machine, making sure to sew the fabric in its stretched position. Do this on both sides.
- Fold the cloth with the elastic on the side and sew the ends shut. Remove any extra fabric and strings to make a clean and neat cut.
- Install the steering wheel cover by starting with the top of the cover over the top of the wheel. Work your way incrementally down until the entire cover is attached.
A steering wheel cover is an aftermarket upgrade that does not cost a lot when compared to other add-ons. They are not only great for comfortable and safe driving but are also great for personalization. By following the easy steps above, you will be able to create your own fuzzy steering wheel cover that is appropriate for your vehicle and style.