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No more 10-and-2 — A better way to hold the steering wheel

Feb 9, 2013 By Abraham

In this clip, posted last year by AAA, it’s suggested that the 10-and-2 position on the steering wheel is a vestige of the days before power steering. There’s a better way now…


  1. Photographer Leia says:

    I’ve heard about this and tried driving like that. I don’t feel like you have proper control of the wheel, and I certainly wouldn’t fell like I could respond quickly in an emergency situation.

    1. Clara says:

      It’s true that you would not have control of much at all when your thumbs are broken by the deploying airbags. This happens a lot with hands at 10 and 2, apparently. This video implies that you can punch yourself in the nose and knock your own teeth out, too.

      My kid, when she was taking driver’s ed, lectured me on this and then corrected me whenever she saw me reverting to my old ways. I’m sure she enjoyed the nag-payback factor. But she and her instructors and this guy in the video are right. It’s not that hard to get used to doing it the new way.

      1. Evil Creamsicle says:

        True, but, I’d rather avoid the accident in the first place, which I probably couldn’t do while driving like this.

        Also, I’d imagine you can’t control much when getting punched in the face by an airbag deployed at over 100mph by a rocket-fueled blasting cap regardless of if your thumbs are broken.

        Though… busting your teeth out would be unpleasant I suppose.

    2. Kevin says:

      I can see your point for the 8-4 position, but 10-2 is really outdated, I suggest the 9-3 for you, here’s why: the 9-3 hand position allows a greater range of motion in an evasive maneuver without having to take your hands off the steering wheel … nearly 270 degrees of turning vs. about 90 degrees in the 10-2. When you’re running out of time to avoid a collision, you need to have full control over your vehicle’s direction. 9-3 will provide you with this edge compared to any other hand position.

      It’s more comfortable too!

    3. Tristan says:

      Right after I got my license, this is the position I went to. It gives the most possible comfort and the most range of movement in an emergency situation.

      Although that’s when I’m driving longer distances or an automatic. Normally I have one hand on the wheel and one hand on the gear shifter.

  2. Kay A. Ess says:

    Recently, I’ve found myself drifting to an 8 & 4 hold myself. I was worried because I was afraid I was setting a bad example for my 15-year old who will be driving soon. Now I can relax a bit.

  3. Mary says:

    For a second I felt good about myself because I already hold the wheel at 8&4… Then I remembered that my crappy old car doesn’t have power steering. Oh well.

  4. Kate says:

    This seems sensible enough (I’ve always held the wheel at quarter-to-three myself), but I can’t get over the way everyone in these clips keeps a firm hold of the wheel even when turning sharply. I can’t see that it matters where your hands are on the wheel if your arms are crossed over it when you crash.

  5. Corban says:

    I heard about this last time went through traffic school.

    However, since my vehicle is so old that it’s not equipped with airbags – the issue is not really a concern to me.

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