Depending on when you took driver’s education classes, you may have been taught that holding your hands at “10 and 2” is ideal for driving. While this was generally assumed to be true for many years, experts now say that hands at 9 and 3 is the new standard for hand positioning.

Hands at 9 and 3

Back in 2013, experts changed their suggested hand positioning; the issue is, many people don’t actually know this. For the record, “10 and 2” and “9 and 3” refer to positions on a clock-face, which should be replicated by your hands. According to Popular Mechanics, airbags are the major reason you should shift your grip. Though “10 and 2” gives you a good handle on the steering wheel, this hand positioning can be dangerous if an airbag goes off and no one wants that.

Now, you should place your hands on “9 and 3” with the thumbs placed along the rim, rather than looping around. This will give you optimum control, while at the same time protecting you in case of an accident. These rules wouldn’t be set in place unless they were tried and true. Believe it or not, wrapping your thumbs around the wheel can actually break them if an airbag deploys.


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