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    Default Hands on the wheel at 10 & 2. Not any more

    Just saw this on yahoo news. Thought it was interesting.


    Use Thumb Hangers... and Forget 10 and 2

    A cop I know was once fiddling with the in-car computer with his right hand while driving the car with his left hand at 12 (the top of the steering wheel, for those of you young enough to be unfamiliar with analog clocks. We know you're out there.) When the distracted police officer smashed into a stopped car, the force of the airbag deployment flung his hand back into his face, and he broke out his front teeth with his own hand.

    That, my friends, is why you don't drive with a hand at 12 o'clock. The 10 and 2 position, once the common wisdom of driver's ed classes, is also dead (or at least it should be) thanks to airbags. The proper position is 9 and 3, while the Italian-esque 8 and 4 is more than acceptable. Don't do those hand-over-hand turns anymore, either.

    Most modern steering wheels have "thumb hangers" that naturally put your hands at 9 and 3 so you won't smack yourself if an airbag deploys. Below 14 mph (the approximate speed for airbag deployment) I don't care where put your hands. Nor will I get bent out of shape if you cross over 11 or 1 in an urgent situation. But my students need a good reason to cross 12 o'clock.


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    Driving my truck, I usually have my hands at 8 and 4. That lets my arms sit comfortably on the armrests. As luck would have it, it's safer, too.

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    Err, isn't the issue more that the officer drove into a stationary car because he was playing on the computer?
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    ^^ Oh, sure, you COULD look at it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakeem View Post
    Err, isn't the issue more that the officer drove into a stationary car because he was playing on the computer?
    ummm no. as an officer you are aloud to do what ever you seem fit. Because as everyone knows, all the years of driving with a donut in hand. Makes you a better distracted driver. It's just the parked car was ilegaly parked and thats why he hit it.
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    I prefer the knee version of the 7 o'clock.
    Where's astraist when we need him?

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    From Texas DMV handbook:

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    I know this is geared toward street driving, but where do most of you place your hands while on the track?

    In watching my videos, it looks like I'm closer to 9:30 & 2:30 with my OMP steering wheel, whereas I was almost at 9/3 with the stock S2000 wheel.

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