Safe driving today involves more than just following rules of road safety and avoiding accidents. Drivers must also think about the position of their hands.
A recent study shows that older drivers who were taught to drive with their hands at the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock positions on the steering wheel may be doing it wrong. That’s because if your airbags deploy while driving this way, you may have more to bargain with in taking your vehicle to your local Nissan service and parts division for repairs. You may also face injury to your face when your airbag pushes your hands into it.
Instead, you should put your hands at the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions on the steering wheel in order to prevent face injury in the event of an accident.
Likewise, when turning, you should not use the old method of putting your hands one over the other. This is often called the ship captain’s method. Rather, you should push up with one hand and down with the other on the steering wheel in order to turn it. That will keep your hands out of the airbag path should it deploy.
Safety today is as much about what happens during an accident as preventing the accident in the first place. For safer Nissan driving, think about where your hands are on the steering wheel.
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