Hands at 9 and 3: The New Standard for Hand Positioning


Driving at 9 and 3

Driving at 9 and 3

If it has been a while since you took driver’s ed, you might want to reconsider some of the tips and tricks you were taught. Although many remain the same, one standard that has shifted is the “hands at 10 and 2 o’clock” rule. Since 2013, individuals have been told to position their hands at 9 and 3, but not everyone is aware.

According to Popular Mechanics, the major reason for the shift is because airbags now come standard on most models made after 1990. If your hands are at 10 and 2 when an airbag explodes, it may do damage to your arms, breaking wrists and fingers. That means it might be time to disregard that bit of driver’s ed wisdom.

Putting your hands at 9 and 3 is much safer. You still retain the same amount of control, with less risk of injury in an accident. You should also consider keeping your thumbs along the rim of the wheel, rather than looping them around it. This will prevent any injuries to your thumbs as well.

While these might seem like trivial changes, they make it safer for you as a driver.

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