It turns out that many of the driving guidelines that we were taught in drivers’ ed class have changed, including the old standby of keeping our hands on the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 positions on a clock.
The new take: AAA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and driving instructors teach that you should keep your hands lower, at 9 and 3 o’clock, or even lower, at 8 and 4. MSNBC says this change is partly to protect our hands and head, because if airbags go off, they’re more likely to injure your hands that are higher up on the steering wheel and then slam your hands into your head. So apparently it’s a “stop hitting yourself” adjustment. [read]