You want me to put my hands where?

Many new drivers in my class are being taught by thier parents or friends to keeps their hands positioned at 10 and 2. While this was a recommended and useful hand position at one time, since the mandatory addition of airbags to all vehicles manufactured in the United States after 1998, the 10 and 2 position can cause major damage to the hands and face if the air bags were to deploy in an accident. NY State Department of Motor Vehicles recommendation is that your hands remain at 3 and 9 at all times. With the 3 and 9 position shown below, airbags deploy and the pressure and force are spread thoughout the upper torso instead of your hands and face taking the impact.

This recommendation is not "new" news. Its actually been the preferred method for neary two decades now.