For years, driving classes taught everyone to keep their hands at the 10 and 2 position on the wheel at all times. However, In recent years, experts, including the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), have shifted their opinion. They believe that the safest way to operate a motor vehicle is to always keep your hands at 9 and 3. In addition to providing a more ergonomically sound position, it gives you more control over the steering wheel. In this post, we look at some of the reasons why the new approach is safer for motorists and those they share the road with.
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The benefits of the 9 and 3 position
As noted above, keeping your hands at 10 and 2 is not ergonomically sound. However, 9 and 3 on the steering wheel reduce the risk of repetitive stress injuries to your hands or wrists. With this position, you can reduce fatigue, which allows you to drive longer. It also offers the following benefits:
- Optimal wheel control. Keeping your hands at 9 and 3 gives you optimal control over the steering wheel. It keeps your body stable and reduces unnecessary steering wheel movement. You are also less likely to overcorrect if you must maneuver quickly out of a dangerous situation, like a stalled car on the highway. This approach is also safer as it reduces the risk of driving with one hand.
- Injury prevention. In addition to keeping your hands at 9 and 3, experts advise you to no longer cross your hands over each other when you complete a turn. Previously, experts suggested drivers reach one hand over another when turning their steering wheel. However, this increases the risk of injuries in a crash and interferes with airbag deployment. Instead, utilize the push-and-pull method of turning. You can rotate the steering wheel while keeping both hands in contact.
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