When you learned to drive, you were probably taught to hold the steering wheel at the 2 o'clock and 10 o'clock positions. If you're still doing that, it's time for a change. Having your hands at 10 and 2 puts your arms in the line of fire if your air bag deploys.

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So where do you put your hands? In its latest driver's manual, the state Department of Motor Vehicles says, "Place your hands on the steering wheel at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions."

AAA Senior Driving concurs, adding that the 3 and 9 o'clock positions also allow for "optimum control" of the steering wheel. AAA says some drivers may feel more comfortable at a slightly lower position, and 8 o'clock and 4 o'clock are also acceptable. No matter which positions you choose, AAA says try to sit at least 10 inches from the air bag cover.