PSA about driving safely; an injury that hurts to think about (I'm OK) Show more
Drivers who grew up before airbags were common: you need to unlearn the bad habit of gripping the top edge of the steering wheel. If you're in that position when the air bag comes out, your injuries can include getting your thumb ripped off.
Not to mention that if your hands are above the wheel, the airbag makes you punch yourself in the face at the high speed of 1/25th of a second, breaking bones.
Unlearn this particular bad driving habit. All up-to-date driver's ed tells you to put your hands at 9 and 3, or 8 and 4 o'clock, so you won't hurt yourself. That's compatible with airbags and the latest knowledge about collisions.
(I'm cramming for the written driving exam, and I wanted to share something from class that not enough people know about.)
* (PDF) https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/steeringtechniques.pdf
driving-related injuries Show more
For sure. Without that backstory, you wouldn't know why it makes a difference.
For any rule in driving, you can assume that the reason for that rule is something grusome, something that was hard-learned by studying how a lot of people were badly hurt. It can be hard to guess which rules are safer than others without all the facts, though, and with how much our understanding of this stuff has changed over only a few decades.