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Millions of Americans who learned to drive before the age of modern air bags are risking severe damage to their arms and hands and even amputation because of how they hold the steering wheel.
Driving experts say the old position at the top of the wheel, 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock, risks potentially traumatic injuries in a crash, thanks to the force and direction of air bags in modern cars.
‘If the bag is going to go, it’s going to take my hand and put it into my face either one of my hands,’ Bob Hendrickson, the head of AAA driving schools in Indiana, told WTHR TV in Indianapolis.
Experts say the higher on the wheel your hands are,
the more likely they are to be struck by the steering wheel cover that shoots off as the airbag violently expands at 150 to 250 mph.
Fixing the problem calls for holding the wheel lower, with hands almost parallel.
Old school driving instructors taught their students to hold their hands high on the wheel for better control.
Looking at the steering wheel as a clock, it meant drivers putting their hands at the 10 o’clock position and the 2 o’clock position.
But drivers need to move their hands down to the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions.
Some instructions say hands should be even lower 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock but some research suggests that position might result in less vehicle control.
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