#2 Correct hand position

Where should your hands be on the wheel?

Following closely behind tip # 1 (Make it Click) this is my next biggie when training drivers: hand position.

The correct hand position is at 9 and 3
(as if the steering wheel is the face of a clock)

All modern steering wheels are designed with this hand position in mind. It’s also in keeping with how an airbag deploys from the centre of your steering wheel.

"But I was taught hands at ten and two"

  • Many of us were, before airbags and power steering were widely used in cars
  • Before power steering, the ten to two position may have given you extra leverage for pulling down on the steering wheel
  • It’s no longer taught that way, especially as it puts wrists at greater risk when an airbag goes off

Hands at 9 and 3

I meet a lot of resistance to this one on driver training days, but believe me when I say that having your hands at 9 and 3 will make you a safer and smoother driver!

In future tips we’ll tackle turning correctly but for now let’s just start with having our hands at the right place on the wheel.

It might take some getting used to, but with practice you should find it more comfortable. Steering wheel controls on modern cars are designed to work best with your hands at 9 and 3.

How were you taught to hold the steering wheel?

Buckle up, buttercups, and keep those hands at 9 and 3