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Grab The Wheel

Remember learning to grip the wheel at 10 and 2 in Drivers Ed class?  Well, the rules have changed.  Ergonomics experts now suggest another position.  Here are some tips for staying safe and comfortable behind the wheel:

  • Sit slightly reclined with your shoulders resting comfortably on the back of the seat.
  • Sit as far back from the steering wheel as you can without compromising control of the vehicle.
  • Sit so that you are able to pivot your right foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal without lifting your heel from the floor.
  • Place your hands on the outside rim of the steering wheel where a clock's arms would be at 9 and 3 o'clock.  Having your arms slightly lower minimizes risk of injury to arms, hands, and fingers if the airbags deploy.
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