Correct Steering Position

9 And 3 versus 10 and 2 Steering Styles

Many parents (and uninformed driving instructors) are still teaching their Learner Drivers the old 10 and 2 hand position when holding the steering wheel.  This method of steering died at the introduction of airbags many years ago!!!  The most common problem of incorrect steering position is when the airbag deploys at over 200 Km’s per hour, it pushes your hands off the steering wheel faster than you will realise.  Your arms are thrown into the air , above your head, and you have just lost control of your steering and the car!

Whereas, if you hold the steering wheel at the 9 and 3 positions, you are still gripping in the top half region of the wheel where your steering is still at its most effective, but if your airbag deploys you will have your arms thrown back in a sideways motion and have a far greater chance of grabbing the wheel again and taking control of the car.

At 9 and 3, we arSteering Positioning optimizede most able to regain control in many driving situations.  The other important factor to this position is that you are more likely to manage the “push – pull” method of steering which ensures you are not unnecessarily crossing your arms.  Crossing your arms is a bad habit and causes the car to steer more aggressively than most drivers, particularly Learners can anticipate, thus causing more rigid steering and over steering.  This is definitely NOT ideal steering to be teaching Learner drivers!  Learners have a far better chance of navigating safely within their lane by the push-pull method of steering, this causes more gradual and steady steering which enables them to anticipate slower but far more accurately all turns, bends and corners on the road.

TIP:  If you are starting to learn to steer, get a Frisbee or plate at home and practice the push-pull method of steering whilst holding your hands and the 9 and 3 position to reinforce this important driving habit!