Holding Your Car's Steering Wheen At "10 And 2" Is No Longer The Safest Way To Drive

January 2, 2019

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It does against everything you learned about driving a car but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now says it is no longer ideal to hold the steering wheel with your left hand in the 10 o'clock position and your right hand in the 2 o'clock position! The decades old standard for driving safely has been tossed out all due to the introduction of the airbag. While they are designed to protect your head and chest in a crash they can seriously injure your hands. The deploying airbag can smash them into your face, causing injury. The chemical reaction that inflates the airbag can also injure your hands, sometimes requiring amputation. The current recommendation on hand placement on your steering wheel is to place your left hand in the 9 o'clock position and your right hand in the 3 o'clock position. Not only is this safer it is more ergonomic in general, giving you better control of the car, says AAA.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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