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Old 10-01-2000, 12:32 AM   #1
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Question Poll: Where do you hold the Steering Wheel?

Well, a little more than that actually...
I'm thinking that the way people sit and drive actually attracts cops or not...

1. Where do you hold the steering wheel? (i.e. top, bottom, side, 2 hands, 1 hand, etc.)
2. How far back/low do you put your seat? (i.e. grandma style, ghetto style, etc. )
3. Do you drive with the window down?
4. Do you drive with loud music playing?
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Old 10-01-2000, 01:41 AM   #2
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1. I drive with 2 hands placed on the 2 horizontal center sections like a bike.

2. I drive between ghetto and grandma. I want to see where I'm driving and don't wanna fall asleep.

3. Depends on if it's cold out or not.

4. Music complements driving. Without music, there wouldn't be driving unless racing or if I hear something odd. Good music: Crystal Method. Best CD track: 3, 6.

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Old 10-01-2000, 01:46 AM   #3
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Where its supposed to be. Right at 9 and 3.

And it depends..if I'm booming the music the windows will be down.
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Old 10-01-2000, 01:53 AM   #4
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I sit towards the right side of the seat. I usually drive with my right palm (suicide style). But if I want to have some fun I get straight in position and put my left hand on the 11 o clock and my right hand on the shifter. I put my left foot on the dead petal firmly and get ready for heel toe action with my right. Oh, bye the way I got an auto (so heel-toe action isn't exactly the same as the one for manual).
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Old 10-01-2000, 02:57 AM   #5
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9-3
As taught by a good race school near you....

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Old 10-01-2000, 04:51 AM   #6
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9 and 3. As is common sense.

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Old 10-01-2000, 06:20 AM   #7
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It used to be 10 and 2. Why and when did it change?
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Old 10-01-2000, 06:32 AM   #8
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10 and 2 is what they teach kids in Driver's Ed. Hands atop the wheel so it's easier to do the hand-over-hand method of turning. Which is decent for slower driving, I guess.

9 and 3 is really a more proper position. Much better control of the car. Each hand holds 50%, and can easily control any movement needed. When it comes time to turn, well let's say I want to turn right. My left hand moves from 9 to 6, and then pulls back up to 9. My right hand just slides, but stays put. It's the "shuffle under" technique that racing schools swear by, and for good reason. Your hands never leave the wheel, your arms aren't confused (in the hand-over-hand method, they get crossed--bad mojo if you get into a spin).

Aiding this, you should sit close to the wheel, with your back fairly upright. Close enough to the wheel that your elbows are bent, but not so close that the airbag would knock you out if you were ever hit. Straight arms are bad. If the wheels go into spins, your body tends to lock up under stress. With straight arms, they'd lock over themselves while trying to turn. With bent elbows, your arms can't lock.

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Old 10-01-2000, 06:44 AM   #9
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9-3 (because all the reasons mentioned above)
also, you should sit close enough so that if you extend your arms, your wrists reach the top of the wheel just right (at least thats what they taught me @ driving school at the track..)

Here in PR its always hot, so the only time i have my windows down would be in the morning or at night, if im doing some spirited driving..which would also be without music.. IMO sprited driving + loud music dont match.. (to the contrary of the popular image of blasting some tunes as you tear down the road)



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Old 10-01-2000, 06:45 AM   #10
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What hands?

My left hand has a cellphone, and my right hand goes between my big-gulp and the gearshift.

They never teach knee to knee steering in driver's school.
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Old 10-01-2000, 06:49 AM   #11
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i just use the left hand at 1 and i dont know if my right hand has ever touched the wheel LoL
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Old 10-01-2000, 07:36 AM   #12
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I have my hads at the 9 and 3 position. I sit fairly close to the steering wheel with my elbows @ a ~45 degree bend.

For slow parking-lot manovering, I use the hand-over-hand method to move the wheel, but when I'm driving my hands stay at 9 and 3 as I turn the wheel.

Occasionally when I need to turn the wheel more than 180 degrees quickly, I'll use the "shuffle" method that Siper2 described, but for most of the driving and turning I do my hands stay at 9 and 3. F1 style baby!

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Old 10-01-2000, 07:39 AM   #13
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actually, the big reason for the change to 9-3. Airbags. you don't wanna break your elbows and/or shoulders, do you?
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Old 10-01-2000, 10:39 AM   #14
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Excellent point JGard!

I read about about a man who had his left hand shattered against the window. Now it only looks like a normal hand.

If you know you are about to impact, LET GO of the wheel. That airbag is designed to protect your chest/head -- not your arms/hands.

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Old 10-01-2000, 10:41 AM   #15
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Probably easier to say than to do though, T-WRX. Panic reaction is going to probably be gripping the wheel tight, pushing yourself against the seat and straightening your arms.

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Old 10-01-2000, 10:53 AM   #16
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1. Top one-handed or bottom one-handed. Two handed if I'm driving enthusiastically.

2. Usually pretty straight up, I have long legs so I kinda have to. I drive Ghetto style sometimes though. One time I was so far back I had to look through the steering wheel.

3. My windows are down unless its raining or snowing. I turn the heater on if its cold.

4. Yes. I was following my friend home one time and he said that at the stop light his rearview mirror was vibrating because of my bass.
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Old 10-01-2000, 10:58 AM   #17
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S2 - Yeah, I agree. It only sounds like good advice.

I've said before that when I die, they'll have to pry my cold dead hands off the steering wheel (in 9-3 position).
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Old 10-01-2000, 11:12 AM   #18
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i keep my left hand on top of the wheel mosta the time.
I'm borderline ghetto behind the wheel.


I like to keep my windows up cuz they're tinted.

Music....... i thought loud was the only option
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Old 10-01-2000, 01:21 PM   #19
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9-3, normally, but if I go onehanded, I'll hold it at about 11.

Hand over hand for sharp turns.

I sit close to the wheel, but I tilt it back a little. So a blend between grandma and ghetto.

Windows down if I feel cheap. Sunroof down if I want to cruise.

Loud music-rarely. Only if the windows are up, usually. Most of the time it's loud, but not too loud.
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Old 10-01-2000, 02:18 PM   #20
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Kaffiene,

You shouldn't keep your hand on the shifter.
Bad practice. You may not notice but you may tend to pull or push on it a bit while it's in gear, and that can mess up the gearing after time.

Overtime,

I'd say that hand-over-hand is better for "most of the time," and the shuffle-under may be better for tight corners. Better control, by a long shot. Give it a try!

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Old 10-01-2000, 04:59 PM   #21
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on the freeway i usually would have both hands least touching the wheel, never noticed how i actually do it...on the streets usually one hand, while the other on the shifter, i never pull i make sure i dont...

i ALWAYS drive with my windows down, here in az i can, even when its 120 out i drive with them down.

music is usually always blasting away also.
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Old 10-01-2000, 07:53 PM   #22
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1. 9 & 3
2. Slightly more laid back than normal (I have too, I'm 6' 3")
3. Sometimes (sunroof prefered)
4. The only music I need is winding out the EJ25. All other sounds are just noise!
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Old 10-01-2000, 08:33 PM   #23
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9and 3 knees bent arms bent at elbows slightly. music medium. windows open weather permitting. lumbar???!!! my leg gt got it . my R/S ??? somebody show me .
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Old 10-01-2000, 08:44 PM   #24
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I'm with gtguy on this one, also keep the sunroof open. Although if my wife is with me, the windows are closed and the a/c is on. Wimp.

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Old 10-01-2000, 08:58 PM   #25
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1. About 10 o'clock with my left hand with my elbow resting on the top of the door panel.

2. 2 clicks back from vertical, maybe 3 if I'm cruising a distance.

3. Around town on nice days, yes. On the highway, no.

4. Most of the time, but just a head unit and front speakers so it's not too loud.
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