Drivers have long been taught to put their hands at the 10 and 2 positions on the steering wheel, but this isn’t the recommended positioning any longer. If your vehicle has an air bag and you’re in an accident with your hands at 10 and 2, you could face some serious injuries because of the air bag deployment.
It’s now recommended that you have your hands at 9 and 3 or 8 and 4 instead. The need to avoid the air bag mechanism isn’t only one reason for this. The other reason is that cars now have safety features that make it easier to turn and maneuver. The 10 and 2 position that was recommended years ago was made in part because it was easier to turn with the hands there, but you don’t have to use that method now.
If you drive with your hands over the air bag area, you’re at risk of suffering from burns, degloving or amputations because of the force of the deployment. It’s also possible that your hands could slam into your face and cause injuries, including a broken nose or a concussion. These injuries can be gruesome and serious, so it’s best to do what you can to avoid them.
Making this small change in how you drive can greatly impact your safety, but it doesn’t make other drivers drive any safer. If you’re struck by another vehicle, make sure you take stock of any injuries that are present. Obtain medical care if necessary. This can help you make your case if you opt to seek compensation from the negligent driver who struck you.