Steering Wheel Hand Position

Two schools of thought are prevalent when talking about positioning of hands on the steering wheel. The old school wisdom was to position hands at 10 and 2 o’clock. As air bags became common, this led to the wrist and arm factures when air bags deployed and arms were flung into rearview mirrors or A-pillars. To avoid that occurrence, many safety advocates now recommend positioning hands at 9 and 3 o’clock on the steering wheel.

Hand-over-hand maneuvers during turning should be avoided to prevent arms from being in front of a deploying airbag in the event of a crash. Serious injuries may result during such occurrences.

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Steering Wheel Hand Position

Given the prevalence of air bags in today's autos, drivers are recommended to have their hands positioned at 9 and 3 o'clock on the steering wheel.

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Last Updated: April 08, 2013