Hands on Steering Wheel

Hands at 10 and 2 for safety?
Think 9 and 3, instead

If you learned to drive before air bags became standard equipment, chances are you’re holding the wheel in the “10 and 2” position, just as you were taught. New guidelines from the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association suggest you move them to “9 and 3” to reduce the risk of injury to your hands and arms if the airbags deploy.

Drivers also should avoid wrapping their thumbs around the wheel, and instead, place them on the rim.

The recommendation comes after confirmed incidents of broken thumbs and even broken noses and concussions when people hit themselves in the face when their hands flew back from the force of the airbag inflating.

Other common steering habits worth breaking: Using an underhand grip while turning and making a hand-over-hand motion to turn (instead, push with one hand, pull with the other).