The handle in most passenger vehicles and trucks that is located in the interior of the vehicle above the door. Used in extreme driving situations where passengers do not wish to be thrown about the interior of the vehicle. Situations that warrant the usage of the "oh shit handle" include hard braking, abrupt cornering, skidding, careening off bridge. It is usually considered polite for driver to warn passengers before they feel obligated to use the "oh shit handle"
Me: "Mike, I am going to take the 25 mph turn at 55... better grab the os shit handle!"
Mike: "I've been holding the oh shit handle since you started the car!"
by Andrukas January 04, 2004
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The handle conveniently located above the window used to stabilize of oneself during turbulant driving. Can be found in most vehicles above passanger windows, and sometimes above the drivers' for extra convenience. Most often used in off-road environments, such as mudding, or auto-crossing.
Ian - "let's see if we can make it through this trench at 35 mph.."

Charlie - "OH SHIT" (reaches for handle and braces for impact)

Ian - "that was sick"

Charlie - "Thank god for the oh shit handle"
by Charlie Salev December 10, 2007
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the handle in most cars. Commonly known for hanging laundered garments. Also known for its use in grabbing upon during sharp turns or braking.
Hold on. Better grab the oh shit handle
by Bungalow Bill November 18, 2001
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term referring to the handles above or adjacent to the windows of a car. they are most often grabbed when the driver initiates sudden, and often extreme, accelerating or decelerating motion of the vehicle. some prefer to hold on to them at all times due to anxiety or distrust of the drivers abilities in general.
Man, I can't believe you totaled your car! I'll be safer rollin' with the ghost of Eval Knieval than with you in a car with no oh shit handles
by trump3tninja10 June 30, 2010
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the handle that is attached to the interior of most cars above the window of the passenger seat. when riding with a dumbass driver, or haulin' ass through or around rush hour traffic, the oh shit handle becomes very convenient for whoever's riding shotgun.
oh shit handles should be used with a little caution, as one's hands could become one with the oh shit handle, and as unfortunate and unlikely as it seems you must first have your dick welded to a rock to have it removed.
by Black Button August 07, 2008
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the handle above the passenger-side door that one grabs when the driver makes a hard turn.
Because I was weaving through traffic, she grabbed the oh shit handle and asked me to slow down.
by monkey on a leash October 25, 2010
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The handle located near a passenger in a car. It is used in life threatening situations, usually by a spontaneous or involuntary actions.
Passenger: Can you slow down man? You're making me nervous.
Driver: I can't, I need to make it home before my parents
Passenger: Why?
Driver: I left my weed out in the den.
(driver makes a sudden right turn)
Passenger: OH SHIT! You crazy asshole, thanks for this handle though.
Driver: That's exactly why it's called The "Oh Shit" Handle.
Passenger: oh... yea.
by mschne7 June 15, 2009
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