10 and 2 Driving Position Can Be Dangerous in Newer Vehicles

Advances in airbag technology have made the ten and two positions dangerous

10 and 2 Driving Position Can Be Dangerous in Newer Vehicles
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Forget what your driving instructor taught you. Well, don't forget everything. Just forget the ten and two position for your hands on the steering wheel.

Why?

Advances in airbag technology have made ten and two quite dangerous, according to the American Driver and Traffic Safety Association (ADTSA). The old position puts the driver's fingers, hands and arms in the way of the airbag, which deploys at speeds of nearly 250 mph. The airbag can propel your body parts back towards your face or into other parts of the car, thereby causing additional injuries.

Experts are now recommending eight and four or nine and three. Both options offer a better position away from the airbag. In addition, experts are recommending using pushing motions instead of crossing arms in front of the steering wheel when turning to prevent injuries.

Nothing has changed with the recommended distance to sit from the airbag, which should be at least 12 inches. Being any closer puts you in greater risk of getting hit directly in the face by the airbag.