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English translation: Position of the hands on the wheel

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17:11 Mar 11, 2008
English to English translations [PRO]
Cinema, Film, TV, Drama / Mad Men
English term or phrase: 10s and 2s
Hi,

The other day while watching “Mad Men”, I watched some people discussing driving. One of them talked of “practising one’s 10s and 2s”. Does that mean anything at all, or did I mishear?

All the best,

Simon
SeiTT
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:33
English translation:Position of the hands on the wheel
Explanation:
When you learn to drive, the best position to hold the wheel is at what is called "ten to two". The car is easiest to control then, although the position may be found uncomfortable until you get used to it. It therefore will need practising, and I'd say this is what they were talking about.
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David Moore
Local time: 02:33
Grading comment
many thanks excellent
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Position of the hands on the wheel


Explanation:
When you learn to drive, the best position to hold the wheel is at what is called "ten to two". The car is easiest to control then, although the position may be found uncomfortable until you get used to it. It therefore will need practising, and I'd say this is what they were talking about.

David Moore
Local time: 02:33
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 8
Grading comment
many thanks excellent

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Trudy Peters: Sounds logical. IOW, left hand in the 10 o'clock position, right hand in the 2 o'clock position.
2 mins

agree  Nesrin: w Trudy
26 mins

agree  Armorel Young: good thinking
1 hr

agree  Michael Iakovides
2 hrs

agree  Madeleine MacRae Klintebo
2 hrs

agree  PB Trans
2 hrs

agree  Olga Layer
5 hrs

agree  Gary D: 10 and 2 is the position where you hold the steering wheel, 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock
5 hrs

agree  GaryG: I think today they're recommending 9 and 3, but...that's not the question is it?
9 hrs

agree  Vicky Nash: 9 and 3 now because of airbags!
17 hrs

agree  Paul Dixon: In Brazil only 10 is common (albeit not legal) - one hand on wheel, other on mobile phone!
20 hrs

agree  Samantha Hoaeane
6 days

agree  V_N
7 days
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