Sunday, September 16, 2012

Driving? Forget 2 and 10.

W...a...y back when, when I first learned to drive, I was taught to hold my hands at the 2:00 and 10:00 positions on the steering wheel. I also learned how to make turns by going hand over hand.

Current conventional wisdom is to forget all that. Rather that 2 and 10, 3:00 and 9:00 is now recommended. And no more hand over hand.

Why? Airbags.

If your airbag goes off and you have your hands in the 2 and 10 position, you could end up, literally, hitting yourself in the face with your hand or arm and getting injured. Ditto with the hand over hand.

The new idea is to keep your arms and hands away from the middle of your steering wheel ... and your airbag.

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