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Old 09-06-2012, 12:12 PM   #1
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Your Thumbs - Wanna Keep 'Em?

A friend of mine gave me some good off-roading advice, and I feel abliged to pass it on here.

He told me that when you are out there mudding it up, to make sure that your thumbs are not on the INNER side of the steering wheel.

He said that if you hit a hole, bounce hard off of a rock, etc. and your steering wheel makes a hard turn, it'll take your thumbs with it.

Just want to pass it on.
Be safe.

Maybe we should have a "tricks of the trade" section to pass on tips, etc.

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Old 09-06-2012, 12:47 PM   #2
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Because I wheeled back in the day before most rigs on the trail had power steering, I learned quickly that one lays his thumbs ON the wheel, not wrapped around the inside of the wheel...
I still drive that way today, even though power steering has somewhat reduced the severity of this kind of steering feedback.

Still a good point to pass along to others.

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Old 09-06-2012, 12:50 PM   #3
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Most farm kids learn this the hard way the moment they start driving the tractor. Having your thumbnail scratch the back of your wrist is an incredible learning experience.

This is also sound advice when starting any old hand crank motor.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:57 PM   #4
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I read this in a off road magazine back in '94. I still remember and practice it to this day. I guess I figured everyone knew it. Thanks for bringing it up.
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