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Holding steering wheel at 10 and 2

When you were first learning to drive, there’s a good chance someone told you to keep your hands raised on the steering wheel, or if at “10 o’clock and 2 o’clock”. While that was once understood to be a safe driving strategy, times have changed. In fact, there’s a very good reason why you shouldn’t drive at 10 and 2.

The Dangers of 10 and 2

As we discussed previously, airbags save lives, but they often cause injuries in the process. An airbag expands at 200 MPH, and all that compacted force is going to move anything in its way in an instant.

If the airbag deploys while your hands are at 10 and 2, the force is pushing against your elbows, which are likely in a “locked” position. Your arms may be pushed outward, and you’re more likely to suffer severe arm injuries such as hyperextension, torn ligaments, or even dismemberment.

The Benefits of 9 and 3

Placing your hands at 9 and 3 (also called “the parallel position”) helps your body move with the force of the airbag, rather than resist it. In the 9 and 3 position, your arms are more relaxed and will tend to fold inward, toward your body, rather than away from the airbag.

Additionally, the 9 and 3 position is closer to your body, meaning it takes less effort than fully extending your arms to the 10 and 2. This can help reduce fatigue while driving, so you are more alert and prepared to respond to a potential crash.

If you suffered serious injuries after a car crash, we are here for you. If you’d like to schedule a free case consultation with an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney from Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC, please don’t hesitate to call (888) 425-6070 or send us an email.