I have gotten into the habit of driving with my hands on the middle beam of
the steering wheel, the part that intersects the wheel in the middle. This
way I leave both thumbs on the horn in case I need it.
I was looking at the steering wheel. The air bag pops out of the middle in
case of deployment, which happens to be where the horn is located. If I were
honking on the horn, trying to warn someone of danger and was struck causing
the air bag to deploy, would sitting on the horn cause the bag to not deploy
properly? Or would my hands be injured in such a case? The obvious solution
is to not hold the steering wheel that way.
I contacted GM but have yet to receive an answer to the question. I was told
how air bags worked and referred to some web sites, but they wouldn't come
out and "no" they wouldn't conflict with each other. So I am assuming that
Anyone know about this? Have experience you can share?
Airbag will likely deply and break, if not shatter, your thumbs in the
process. Not that using your whole hand to honk the horn at someone
will prevent the airbag from deploying and breaking your arm...
On Thu, 09 Oct 2003 05:22:31 GMT, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
No offense, but if you really have to use your horn that much, then
maybe it's time to either move, or take defensive driving. :)
Your hands would probably be injured, or depending on how the bag
deploys, maybe get pushed out of the way when the casing breaks open.
however, I also think that automakers and the NHTSA rely on the notion
that in such a situation, it would be a better idea for you to put all
your weight on the brakes rather than the horn.
E-mail fudged to thwart spammers.
Transpose the c's and a's in my e-mail address to reply.
lol, I remember when I was taking my drivers ed class about 2 or 3 years ago
the teacher played a video that said "a little toot on the horn to remind
them that you're there" and it went for EVERYTHING, people backing up,
people turning, people parking, people blocking the roadway, you get the
idea. Anyways, one day I was driving in the car for my mandatory 40 hours of
driving (I think that's how many we need here in WI before we get our
licenses) and she leaned over and honked the horn at this senior couple for
like 2 minutes. Since then I don't think I've heard a student driver car
honk the horn.
Over time I may change position for comfort, but the real reason is that the
middle beam is comfortable and allows me to have thumbs on the horn in case
it is needed. At 10 & 2 I suspect my arms might get in the way of the bag.
Video Works! Is it working for you?
PO Box 273405 - Houston TX 77277-3405
I use my horn when I feel it's necessary which is about once or twice a
day. The recommended position for a car with air bags is 8 & 4 so that
you avoid serious injury in case the airbag deploys. The old position
of 10 & 2 results in injuries to the forearms on deployment. And I'd
wager that putting your hands on the spokes would result in some kind of
Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.