Power Steering Means New Hand Positions for Drivers
One of the AAA's recommended steering wheel hand positions.
CREDIT: From "Get a Grip on the Right Way to Hold a Steering Wheel.mov" by AAA on YouTube
With the wild new technology of power steering, the AAA is recommending new hand positions for drivers.
Many drivers were taught to place their hands at "10 o'clock" and "2 o'clock" positions near the top of the steering wheel, which helped people pull down on the wheel during turns. Power steering has made turning so easy, however, that the AAA now recommends drivers place their hands lower on the wheel, William Van Tassel, who manages AAA's driver training programs, explains in a video. If a driver gets into an accident, his deploying airbag may slam his forearms into his face if his hands are higher up on the wheel. If his hands are lower on the wheel, however, his arms are likely to move to the sides of his body.
Find Van Tassel's entire explanation here:
We wonder what the ideal body positions will be for self-driving cars. Will holding up a book or tablet be okay?
via Business Insider