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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

What is the use for the handle on the side of the passenger seat above the seat?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (20687points) 1 month ago

In a car.

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Jeruba's avatar

When one of my sons is behind the wheel, I grab onto it and hang on for dear life.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

It is for holding to give stability. It can be used when going around corners or at high speeds when the motion of the car may swerve or vibrate.

WhyNow's avatar

How lucky you are to have one! Mine is to help my mother get in or out.
The imaginary brake peddle is what we really need to be real!

SQUEEKY2's avatar

It’s called a grab bar, To help you in and out ,and for the stability of the passenger at high speeds.

Zaku's avatar

Also useful sometimes for hanging clothes hangers.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@Zaku I forgot he could be talking about the hanger instead.

Zaku's avatar

I think both can be used for either purpose, even though each is better for its intended purpose.

KNOWITALL's avatar

We call it the ‘Oh shit!’ bar. Because that’s when you use it. :)

filmfann's avatar

Also, my very short wife uses it to climb in and out of vehicles.
—but also what @Jeruba said—

JLeslie's avatar

Do you mean the oh shit handle? It can help you get in and out of your seat, or help feel secure and stable when someone else is driving.

A friend of mine and her husband were considering buying a Tesla, but when she realized there was no handle for her in the passenger seat it was a huge negative.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I have NO problem falling into a car seat!!! However, I do frequently use the handle to readjust my seating while the vehicle is moving. It’s also VERY important for me to be able to twist my body into a better position for me to be able to maneuver getting out of the car. With my disability, I have a difficult time getting out to the right side & that handle helps to stabilize me in preparation for my exit!!!

Forever_Free's avatar

It’s a Jesus Handle.
I am a Jeep owner and add more of them for off road adventures.

kritiper's avatar

It’s to aid when repositioning yourself after you get in the car for maximum comfort in the seat.

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