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How Do You Hold the Steering Wheel?

Steering Wheel
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In our Driving Tips That Could Save Your Life post last year, the top tip was about holding the steering wheel properly.

When I last took a driving lesson, the prevailing wisdom was that your hands should be on the wheel at the 10 and 2 positions. But the best hand position on the steering wheel is actually 9 and 3.

With your hands at 9 and 3, you have better control of the steering wheel and it's also safer if your airbag deploys. The higher up your hands are on the steering wheel, the more likely they are to be in the way if the airbag inflates, which can lead to fractures or worse.

To further elaborate on 9 and 3 thinking, our Ultra 94 safe driving expert Brett Goodman, owner and race director of the Bridgestone Racing Academy, has made a video covering this topic! Check out Brett's steering wheel tips in the video below (English Only):

See more of Brett's Safer Driving Through Performance Thinking tips on the Ultra 94 Facebook page.

- Rose R.


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Susan Grant

I would rather hold the steering wheel at 10 & 2 because I would rather fracture my arm then die by smothering. The air bags and design of cars are certainly not condusive to very short people. Thus we pull the seat all the way forward and if the airbag were to deploy as I have seen happen to my mother.

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