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When I drive, I place my hands at ...

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2 o'clock and 10 o'clock
  4219 votes / 18%
3 o'clock and 9 o'clock
  4019 votes / 17%
4 o'clock and 8 o'clock
  3669 votes / 16%
9:45 and 2:17
  3536 votes / 15%
None of your business where I put my hands!
  6917 votes / 30%
22360 total votes.
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When I drive, I place my hands at ...

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  • poor options. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 26, 2012 @10:57AM (#39474349)

    1) Regular driving / shifting / cruising usually 1 hand at 6.
    2) aggressive driving 11 / 5 or 1 / 7
    3) driving without any control and needing lots of small corrections due to drifting, hydroplaning, etc. (blizzards, thunderstorms), 9 / 3 or 8 /4 ish

    Course, driving a car is something of a special occasion for me...

  • One hand? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by SQLGuru (980662) on Monday March 26, 2012 @11:00AM (#39474375) Journal

    I'm usually driving with one hand.....between 9:45 and 12:00 if my left or 11:00 and 3:00 if my right.

  • Missing Option (Score:5, Interesting)

    by djbckr (673156) on Monday March 26, 2012 @11:30AM (#39474783)
    Usually one hand, at 6:00. Unless needing to do more maneuvering like at an intersection or other sharp turn. I feel it's safer in case the airbag needs to deploy...
  • by BlackPignouf (1017012) on Monday March 26, 2012 @11:42AM (#39474917)

    No car for me, thank you.

    I use trains, trams, buses, bicycles and longboards.
    So my hands are usually on a book, a nintendo DS or a Rubik's cube.

    You know, peak oil, climate change and all that....
    Moreover, my leisure and transportation times are overlapping, which wouldn't be the case while driving a car.

  • by Ksevio (865461) on Monday March 26, 2012 @12:47PM (#39475715) Homepage
    The 4:00 and 8:00 is the NHTSA recommended location [] in order to avoid the airbag snapping your arms off.

    Also, truckers and lazy people.
  • Noon and shifter (Score:3, Interesting)

    by anethema (99553) on Monday March 26, 2012 @01:03PM (#39475901) Homepage
    How about I put one hand at the top of the wheel and the other on my shifter since I drive a manual, you insensitive clods!
  • by WillKemp (1338605) on Tuesday March 27, 2012 @03:54AM (#39482121) Homepage

    I drive fucking big dump trucks (6m high, 6m wide, 11m long) in an open cut mine. They have a retarder lever on the right hand side of the steering column, which you use to brake, so i steer with my left hand (at about 9 o'clock) and keep my right hand free to brake with.

  • by AdrianKemp (1988748) on Tuesday March 27, 2012 @11:54AM (#39485217)

    It's true that keeping your hand on the shifter is a bad idea, but for none of the reasons that most people think: in order of seriousness

    #1 when you hit a pothole you're liable to push/pull on the stick which *does* cause damage

    #2 If you're a ham beast or really grip the sucker you'll be putting a constant strain on the (insert any one of a dozen terms for any of the components linking the stick and the collars), over time this can wear them out. Technically even a light touch can add strain, but no more than the natural bumps of the road.

    #3 If you're actually holding the stick shift at all times, and an idiot, you're liable to pull on it as your turning, this is as bad as #1 but less serious since you totally deserve it for using the shifter as a brace.

    So what you've seen is cars that have had someone lightly resting on the shifter which causes so little wear as to be ignored completely; The reason owner's manuals and the like tell you it's a bad idea is the same reason that (here in North America anyways) plastic bags say not to let your kids play with them.

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