WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- For decades, drivers education instructors have taught students to drive with their hands on the steering wheel at 10 and 2. However, AAA now believes the better way is with hands on the lower half of the wheel--at 8:00 and 4:00.
"It’s safer," said Scott Huddlesworth, who works in the AAA office in Winston-Salem. "At 10 and 2, if your airbag goes off, your hands can come back and hit you in the face. If you have jewelry, it can do some serious damage."
Huddlesworth also said 8 and 4 is more comfortable and puts less fatigue on your wrists and hands.
However, one of the largest driving schools in North Carolina still teaches young drivers to put their hands at 10 and 2. A spokesman for the NC Driving School says there aren't too many 15-year-olds who can control a steering wheel with the lower position.
Other experienced drivers prefer the method they've used for years.
"It’s going to take a while," said driver Pia McCorkle. "It’s going to be hard, but if it’s going to prevent people from being in danger, hey, why not?"