If you’ve ever taken driver’s ed or attended a driving school, you immediately know what is meant when you hear “hands at 10 and 2”. For years, auto industry experts, driving instructors, and auto safety administrations have advised drivers to image their steering wheel as the face of a clock and hold it at the 10 and 2 positions for proper control. And as times are changing, so are the times at which you are recommended to hold your hands on that steering wheel clock.
Trusted automotive resources are now suggesting the 10 and 2 positions are a downright dangerous place to hold your hands in the event that your air bag deploys. Many driving guidelines, including those issued by AAA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, now recommend that drivers lightly grip the wheel at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions.
As safety features on vehicles have changes over the years, so have their steering wheels and associated mechanisms. Air bags are designed to deploy upward to protect your head and chest in the event of a collision. The higher up your hands are on the steering wheel, the more likely they are to be hovered directly over the plastic cover that encompasses the air bag, thus causing significant damage when it inflates at a rate of 150 to 250 mph. The air bags also have the potential to slam your hands into your head upon deployment, causing concussions or broken noses.
Keep up with the changing times. Remember that 10 and 2 and out and 9 and 3 are now the preferred hand positions on your steering wheel. For more information on the safety features of our vehicles, visit us online or stop by our El Paso dealership to speak with a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team.