10 and 2 Driving Position Is Dangerous in Vehicles With Airbags

Advances in airbag technology have made the ten and two positions dangerous and can result in broken fingers and other injuries

10 and 2 Driving Position Can Be Dangerous in Newer Vehicles
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July 5, 2018

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. It's dangerously outdated and can cause serious injuries if you are involved in a crash that results in airbag deployment.

Advances in Airbag Technology Have Made ten and two unsafe

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 expanding 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.

eight and four or nine and three are better positions

Experts are now recommending eight and four or nine and three positions for your hands on the steering wheel. Both options offer a better position away from the airbag.

push the wheel instead of crossing your arms

In addition, experts are recommending using pushing motions against the steering wheel while turning instead of crossing your arms in front of you to prevent injuries. If you cross your arms in front of you while turning and your airbag deploys, your arms can get caught by the airbag.

recommended distance from the airbag

Nothing has changed with the recommended distance to sit from the airbag, which should be at least 12 inches. Being any closer to the steering wheel puts you at greater risk of getting hit directly in the face by an expanding airbag. Typically, the further you can comfortably sit from the airbag the better.