Originally Posted by username79
Perhaps a link to a correct fit manual (a la the ergonomic ones for offices) is in order?
It's pretty simple. For seats, the seat should be close enough so that you can place your wrist on top of the steering wheel, while both your shoulders are still against the seat. This has two purposes: 1. With your hands at 3- and 9-o'clock on the wheel (the correct position of the hands on the wheel), you can turn the wheel 180 degrees right or left without moving your hands relative to the wheel. This is important because if you are in a skid, you know where center is, and you don't need to shuffle steer. There are some other advantages for track driving, but knowing when your wheel is centered is more important. 2. At 3 and 9, your elbows will have a soft bend, which is good in a crash because your elbows will bend and not transmit as much energy as if they were locked. In this position, for most people, your legs should also be in the right position. There, you also want a soft bend in the knees, so that crash energy is not transmitted up your legs. Some people with different proportions may need to alter this a bit, but the idea is to put a soft bend into your knees while still having enough reach to fully press all the pedals all the way down. For most people, this will put them much closer to the wheel than they're used to: don't worry, this is correct. For mirrors, you want the side mirrors to cover your blind spot, so that when a vehicle coming from behind you is exiting your central rear view mirror, it's just entering your side mirrors. To set this up: 1. On the drivers side, lean over until your head touches your window, and tilt the mirror outwards until it barely contains the side of the car. When in your normal driving position, you won't see the edge of your car in your mirror. This freaks some people out, but you get quickly used to it. 2. On the passenger side, it's the same: lean over until your head is in the middle of the car, and tilt the mirror outwards until it barely contains the side of the car. In your normal driving position, you won't see your car in the side mirror. One last thing: never grab the wheel underhanded, or from the inside of the wheel in any car with a steering wheel airbag. To see why, grab the top of the wheel underhanded (palm facing up, inside the wheel), and imagine the airbag going off. They go off at upwards of 200 MPH, and will push up into your elbow hyperextending and probably breaking your elbow. For the same reason, don't rest your hand on top of the wheel either, because then you get to punch yourself in the face at 200 MPH when the airbag goes off. Apparently, the ER sees these kinds of injuries in car accidents. --Andre