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Are You Still Driving With Your Hands at 10 and 2? Here’s Why You Should Stop

If you picture your car’s steering wheel as an old-fashioned round clock, most drivers were taught to hold the wheel at the 10:00 and 2:00 positions. While this may have served drivers well when the idea was introduced, it is now recommended that drivers hold their steering wheels at the 9:00 and 3:00 positions. Read on to learn more.

7 and 4 and 9 and 3 are Safer Than 10 and 2

According to the most recent suggestions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you should keep your hands at the 9 and 3 positions when conducting hand-over-hand steering. The three steering methods recommended by the NHTSA for various situations include:

  • Hand-over-hand steering
  • Hand-to-hand steering
  • One-hand steering

Hand-Over-Hand Steering

This method should be used when turning the wheel at low speeds with limited visibility at an intersection, when parking, or when recovering from a skid.

Hand-To-Hand Steering

Commonly referred to as push/pull steering, this method suggests that drivers hold the wheel at the 7 and 4 positions. The NHTSA recommends hand-to-hand steering as the preferred method rather than 10 and 2 because it can be unsafe in vehicles featuring smaller steering wheels and are equipped with airbags.

One-Hand Steering

When you must reach for another operating control, such as your windshield wipers or blinker, it’s best to keep your hand at the 9:00 or 3:00 position in order to maintain stability, reduce steering reversals, and allow for added steering efforts as necessary.

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