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Hands on the wheel

With advances in technology, driving with your hands in the ‘ten and two’ positions (if you picture the steering wheel as a clock face) is no longer the advice of driving schools. Keeping your hands at ‘nine and three’ is generally considered better for driving and more comfortable with your arms aligned with your shoulders. This technique also keeps your hands in the proper position to use the push and pull method of turning the steering wheel to the left or right. And, with the vast majority of modern cars having power steering, the extra leverage gained by placing your hands high on the wheel is no longer necessary. There’s also an argument that the ‘ten and two’ position could put your arms in the path of the inflating airbag should an incident occur.