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Where to put hour hands on the steering wheel

Where to put your hands on the steering wheel

Where should you put your hands on the steering wheel? For those of us that learnt to drive a decade or two ago (for some of us even longer), you will remember the rule of putting your hands on the steering wheel at 10 to 2.

In recent times with the introduction of both smaller steering wheels and airbags, the old clock face hand hold of 10 and 2 is no longer recommend as safe.

Let’s cover hold to hold the steering wheel.

You want to be in the correct seating position and have your rear vision mirrors adjusted to your liking.

Step One – Adjust the steering wheel

You can usually adjust the steering wheel both up and down and in and out. The perfect position is when your hands are on the steering wheel at 9 and 3 and you have a comfortable bend in your elbows.

This allows you to steer comfortably as well as use the indicators without needing to let go of the wheel.

Step Two – Hand placement

Place your left hand on the left portion of the steering wheel in a location approximate to where the nine would be if the wheel was a clock. Your right hand should be placed on the right portion of the wheel where the three would be located.

The benefit of having your hands in this position are threefold:

1. You have your hands in a position that allows you full access to the indicators and the controls on the steering wheel without moving your hands from the wheel

2. Your arms are in a nice relaxed position for long driving comfort and control

3. Injury avoidance should the airbag deploy

It may take a little getting used to, especially if you are used to using 10 to 2, but once you get into the habit it will feel far more comfortable!