steering wheel

a wheel used by a driver, pilot, or the like, to steer an automobile, ship, etc.

1740–50 Unabridged
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steering wheel
a wheel turned by the driver of a motor vehicle, ship, etc, when he wishes to change direction. It is connected to the front wheels, rudder, etc

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Example sentences
Simpler alternative with much of the benefit: activate brakes by squeezing
  steering wheel.
Now it appears that talking on a phone even when both hands are on the steering
  wheel is dangerous too.
Switching between the different modes is done by one of a pair of paddles on
  the steering wheel.
The only challenge comes from pretending to hold a steering wheel in mid-air to
  direct your race car.
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