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Forget '10 and 2,' new driving guidelines suggest '9 and 3'

11:29 AM, Apr 2, 2012   |    comments
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According to experts, the old method of putting your hands at "10 and two" can be dangerous. Instead, drivers are supposed to think of the steering wheel as a clock and place their hands at nine and three.

If you do get in an accident, the airbag can move at more than 200 mph, possibly inflicting bodily harm. The new steering method is supposed to give arms more clearance in the event that the bag is deployed.

Experts are also saying that drivers shouldn't grip the wheel with a baseball-bat hold. Instead, motorists should use their fingertips and keep thumbs pointing up. Both Auto Clubs and the Transportation Safety Administration support this new guideline.

Contributed to by Garrett Boyd.

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