Not Reinventing, but Relearning the Wheel

Not Reinventing, but Relearning the Wheel

Steering WheelWe here at Bill Harris Auto all remember the fear we felt the first time we sat behind the wheel of a car for a driving or maneuverability test.  The tapping of the instructor’s pen against the clipboard, the quickening thump of your heart against your chest, the cool sweat beginning to collect on your forehead.  You slow yourself and follow your steps.  You remember them.  You still follow them to this day: buckle your seatbelt, check and adjust your mirrors, foot on the break, turn the key in the ignition, hands to 10 and 2…

Woah, hold on a moment.  Let’s stop there.

It’s entirely possible that time has not affected your driving habits, and that you weren’t one of those who started driving with one hand on the wheel and your elbow crooked out the window the second your parents were out of sight.  Perhaps you were one of the few that continued driving 10-and-2 well past that driving test.

However, published reports are now suggesting that drivers grip the wheel at either a 9-and-3 or an 8-and-4 position.  This is to prevent the severe injuries that could potentially occur should an airbag deploy while a driver is holding the wheel at 10 and 2.  According to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s new driver guidelines, the parallel placement of 9 and 3 “reduces unintended and excessive steering wheel movement which is a primary cause of young driver fatalities.”

So while you may have stuck to the 10-and-2 rule, the latest air bag technology may require you to rethink your position. We at Bill Harris Auto hope that you will use this information to keep you and your family safe on the road in what we hope to be a fun and productive summer!

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