Where Do You Hold the Steering Wheel? - 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Long-Term Road Test

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Long Term Road Test

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Where Do You Hold the Steering Wheel?

April 15, 2010


I was always taught to hold a steering wheel at 9 and 3 (like on the face of a clock). But I know a lot people do 10 and 2. When I was a teenager, much to the dismay of my father, I used to keep both hands at the bottom of the wheel. "You have no real control that way," he would say. "What if you have to make an emergency maneuver?" I was just being lazy and I thought it looked cool.

At our annual driving school, the instructors tell us that we should cheat even lower down the steering wheel, more in the area of 8 and 4. And they also tell us to shuffle the steering wheel when turning, not go hand over hand like I was taught as a kid. This is because of the airbags in the wheel. You don't want to get your fingers caught in the event of a collision. You never want to have your fingers/arms/hands crossing the center of the wheel.

Most modern steering wheels are made for the hands to comfortably fit at 9 and 3. As you can see in the picture, the steering wheel on our Ford Fusion, and also on our Ford Flex, make it easy for you to place your hands lower.

Where do you hold the steering wheel?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 4,233 miles

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