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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, 15:50   #1
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I'd like to know how you position your hands on the steering wheel. I guess the classical position is 10-2, but does anybody have an alternative position that works better? Also do you 'shuffle' while turning or cross-over hands?

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Old 27th September 2006, 16:05   #2
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With the traffic in bangalore, the other hand is on the gearshift at all times!
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Old 27th September 2006, 16:24   #3
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Though for me the comfortable posiotion is 9-1 (well for me this works!!), but when you are driving in delhi, one hand is either on the gear knob, or is holding the phone ....
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Old 27th September 2006, 16:36   #4
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One handed for me.Gives a sense of security when urgent gearshifting is needed.i know stupid reason but have been doin it ever since i was driving so.
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Query to one-handers: what about the highways guys? Dont you geta pain in your right shoulder after a long drive?(3-4 hrs) Or do you switch back to two-handedness on the highways?
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Isn't 9-3 the correct (advised by driving schools) position ?
Have been using either 10-2 or one-hand-on-the-wheel all my life.
And while turning it is cross-over hands.
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Query to one-handers: what about the highways guys? Dont you geta pain in your right shoulder after a long drive?(3-4 hrs) Or do you switch back to two-handedness on the highways?
Thats why i said 9-1... I find comfort in this position... But in city there is actually no time to get the left hand off the gear knob....
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Its mostly one hand but if I amdriving fast & need more control I use 9-1 position. Usually the other hand is busy playing with the car audio remote
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Old 27th September 2006, 16:56   #9
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One handed seems to be little comfortable considering the numerous gear shifts required in Bangalore City traffic.
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Old 27th September 2006, 17:13   #10
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Query to one-handers: what about the highways guys? Dont you geta pain in your right shoulder after a long drive?(3-4 hrs) Or do you switch back to two-handedness on the highways?
Yup. Highways I switch to two handed - right hand on the right spoke (Zen 2-spoke steering) and left at around 10 o' clock. More than the shoulder pain though, my accelerator foot hurts after a while - nuisance on long drives What do you guys do about this?
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I had to add a new category to the poll to handle my case. It is mostly 2-handed, but also one handed on highways, but don't remember exact angles and stuff.
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Old 27th September 2006, 17:38   #12
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I use 11-1 (or something close to it). And my hands shuffle rather than cross while turning. And definitey two hands on the steering -- except for very brief periods when one hand is needed for gear change or other activities.

I have to say I am surprised that many prefer to drive with one hand on the steering wheel. This is OK for normal driving, but could cause grief in emergencies. If you need to swerve sharply to left or right, (for example, while overtaking) it would not be ideal to have only the right hand or left hand on the steering wheel. Or while applying sudden brakes, when you hit a bad patch, a speed-breaker or a sheet of water on the road - car could pull in one direction or the other. The extreme emergency would be a tyre burst or puncture. So I can visualize many such scenarios in which you are better off with two hands firmly on the steering wheel.
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Old 27th September 2006, 17:48   #13
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In city it is 11-1, during turns I always cross over,, and in highways it is a more comfortable 10-4, with the elbow resting on the window sill.
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Well, in city driving it is very difficult to adhere to a position since one is constantly changing gears etc. Since the question was about the highways, once I get into the cruise mode, then the hand position is 8-4. very comfy and flexible.

I ama frequent tourer having done Delhi-Jodhpur, Delhi-Benares & Delhi-Mumbai quite a few times. the 8-4 position is the best as it is not tiring. At least it works for me..:-)

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Old 27th September 2006, 20:19   #15
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I voted for 8-2, because it was the closest to my favourite i.e. 9-3. I guess with smaller wheels nowadays and of course power steering and ease of turning, the position is not so important for regular city driving. Still I usually drive with both hands on the wheel, even in traffic. I rarely go one handed.
Another important feature is the distance of the wheel from my body. I prefer to have the wheel close, so my upper arms can just hang free and I do not need to raise my arms forward to reach the wheel.
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