Experts Warn Stop Driving at 10 and 2

'10 and 2' no longer ideal hand positions on your steering wheel

By Kellie Onaga
|  Tuesday, May 28, 2013  |  Updated 8:39 AM PDT
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Experts Warn Stop Driving at 10 and 2

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The next time you're driving over the Bay Bridge, take notice of where you put your hands on your steering wheel.

If they're in the 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions, you're doing it all wrong.

Driving experts say that old position puts your hands in the path of the car's airbag, which goes up and out, and that could cause potentially traumatic injuries in case of a crash.

According to MSNBC, in extreme cases, fingers or hands were severed and arms broken. In more common cases, arms can be flung into faces, causing broken noses and concussions.

The Traffic Safety Administration, the Auto Club and other agencies instead recommend holding the steering wheel at the lower 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions.

Many drivers aren't opposed to the change, but admit it may be a tough habit to break.

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