You might be taught to hold the steering in the 2 and 10 o'clock position (imagine the wheel was a clock) when you first get you license.

This position is actually recommended for vehicles that are not equipped with power steering as it provide more force to maneuver the car position. Besides, cars that were not equipped with power steering rarely has airbag system.

However, as the technologies in the design and manufacturing of a car is developing, the 2 and 10 o'clock position does seem to be ideal for the modern car driver.

This is mostly due to the installation of air bag system. There is a possibility that the system could cause injury to the hand and fingers when the airbag inflates.

The same problem would be faced if just one hand is placed at 12 o'clock position. The airbag would be inflated at 186km/h speed, pushing the hand of the driver up really fast.


Hand positioned between the steering wheel and the face would also encounter the same problem. Driving by putting hand at the bottom of the steering is also not recommended as it would delay the response time.

Therefore, for modern car that is equipped with airbag system, the best hand position is just below 9 and 3 o'clock, with the thumb is placed on steering wheel (don't grip).

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This hand position is proposed by the Automobile Association of America (AAA) as this position provide a 180-degree steering input without changing the hand position on the steering wheel. At the same time, the driver would have high level of power in car manoeuvring.

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