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View Poll Results: Hands on the wheel at?
10-2 28 27.72%
11-1 5 4.95%
8-4 5 4.95%
One-handed 46 45.54%
9-1 (option added) 1 0.99%
I'm chaffeured 0 0%
Can't remember!!! 2 1.98%
9-3 (option added) 14 13.86%
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Old 27th September 2006, 21:18   #16
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Often single handed - the other hand is on the gear lever.

If two handed, then typically a 8-1 or a 11-5.
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Old 27th September 2006, 21:47   #17
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condor, ajitkomini, and maybe others -- As per my Santro manual, one should not drive with the hand resting on the gear lever, just as one should not drive with the foot resting on the clutch. This will apparently cause long-term problems with the gear box.
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rks, Does the manual say why?

that point could be applicable when one rests his hand on the lever.

Atleast with me, my elbow is resting on the utility box between the seats, and the gear lever a finger-nail away ... Keeping my hand near the lever helps reduce total shift time - I got a slightly long throw, and a gear box that's not the smoothest in the business.
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Me too love to keep the hand real close to the gear lever so its one handed driving many a time.

My driving is such that i prefer to drive at higher gears,so until i reach the highest gear my hand instinctly is drawn towards the gear lever.

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3 'o' clock position most recommended for RHD cars. In your poll, the closest match was the 11 'o' clock position that I vited for.

For LHD cars its a recommended 9 'o' clock position.
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on an LHD automatic,

when cruising on highway it's one handed 4 o'clock.
when encountering dense trafic/local roads, 10 -2.

for me, unlike others, long cruises on highways are comfortably handled one handed, rather than both.
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I keep shifting positions depending on situation. However in busy city traffic I find that keeping my hands on the spokes more comforting. It gives me better manoueverability. For the same turn my hands need to move less in comparison to keeping it on the bigger wheel in which case it has to rotate more. A small twitch on the spokes gives me a quicker swerving ability and nimble response which is very much required in the mad house traffic of Hyderabad.
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10-2 and 9-3 for hard driving/track. Right on 2:30-3 and left on stick for drag. 4:30 for heavy traffic and drifting.
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I'm impressed that a lot of you are able to switch easily between one-handed and two-handed driving. I tried driving with both hands on the wheel yestday, for an entire stretch. Damn, the steering feedback is very different.
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RKS: This is inetersting but offers no logic. While driving with foot resting on the clutch at times could result in the pedal being slightly pressed thus resulting in the clutch plates partially engaged and incresing the drag on the engine and generating heat causing damage to clutch assembly, just keeping a hand on the gear lever cannot cause long term problems.

Unless Santro means to say that involuntarily or due to jerk the lever may get shifted to a lower or higher position thus causing damage to gear-box.

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condor, ajitkomini, and maybe others -- As per my Santro manual, one should not drive with the hand resting on the gear lever, just as one should not drive with the foot resting on the clutch. This will apparently cause long-term problems with the gear box.
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RKS: This is inetersting but offers no logic.
cud be precautionary from hyundai, lest someone shud ruin their gearbox with a heavy hand on the leaver and then sue them for not warning in advance.
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Very interesting..!!

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cud be precautionary from hyundai, lest someone shud ruin their gearbox with a heavy hand on the leaver and then sue them for not warning in advance.
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Lightbulb Logic for not keeping hand on gear lever while not shifting

@gd1418: Not keeping hadn on gear lever has Logic to it.. On one our Pune Meets One guy by the Name of Sameer Azgaonkar who officially tests cars told us that we should never rest our hand on the gear lever. The reason he gave was that the gear boxes in our current cars have partial suspension i.e. they are partially fixed & have partial suspension(dont ask me more detail thats how he described to us) & the extra pressure (even if we think its very low) causes wear & tear to the gear box.

Sorry for going OT

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Today I observed what I do while driving. While cruising on highway, I drive one handed (right) at 12 position. That suddenly reminded me that I used to cruise one handed (left) in US highways in 6 postion. This way I could rest my driving arm elbow on the arm rest in the door. Now I can't do that since Baleno has a spoke at 6 position.

But when I switch to 2 hands for finer control, I initially use 9-12 and then slowly slip to 9-1 position. Looks like my style is very different from others here.

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Old 28th September 2006, 11:26   #30
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Technocrat has already replied to the queries raised on using the gear shift lever as a hand rest. Here is what my Santro manual has to say:

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Caution: To avoid damage to selector mechanism, do not use the gear shift lever as a hand rest. Release the lever immediately when the shift is completed.
Actually my hand position on the steering wheel varies a lot, usually from the 10-2 position to 11-1. The 10-2 is more comforatable while driving normally, and 11-1 is good when making sharp turns.
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