I am finally in a position to replace my current 14-year-old vehicle and have come across a problem I never anticipated: hand pain, due to the current thicker configuration of steering wheels. I have chronic pain issues in general and what may or may not be arthritis in my right hand, but I am finding that holding a steering wheel in any position in a new (or new-ish) car is causing me pain. For reasons unknown, the left hand is particularly affected, but it essentially mirrors the pain I have had in my right hand for years. “10 and 2” is only slightly better than holding my hands at the bottom, although it’s least painful to steer holding only my right hand on the lower right part of the wheel.
So far, I have driven three Toyotas, two Hondas, and a Nissan. I have viewed other vehicles online, and this difference in style, while allegedly better ergonomically, is making things very difficult for me. (The guy at Honda offered to grind down the wheel. Um…no.) I have had it suggested to me that I put padding on the steering wheel, but that’s only going to make it thicker to grip, which seems to be the main cause of the pain…the spread between my thumb and the rest of my hand.
Current vehicle is on its last legs and I need to replace it while it still has any trade-in value. Closest thing I have to a possibility right now is the Subaru Forester, and it’s not pain-free driving, just less so than anything else at the moment. Does anyone have helpful suggestions?? Budget is not unlimited.