Steering A Car

October 18, 2016 at 10:45 AM


Proper hand positioning is very important when steering a car. Your hands should firmly hold the steering wheel in the quarter to three position every time you’re driving. This is a safety precaution that ensures your hands don’t get in the way of the airbag in case of an accident.

When steering, always remember to:

  • Keep each hand on its side of the steering wheel; don’t cross them over when turning.
  • Pass the wheel from one hand to the other when turning so that your arms do not cross over the wheel.
  • Hold the wheel firmly (not so much as to strangle it) with your thumbs up and not locked around the wheel.

How to steer

When steering, you should:

  • Slow down to a safe speed before turning.
  • Make smooth adjustments to the car’s speed going in and out of turns.
  • Control the car out of turns – don’t let the car do it.
  • Look 12 seconds ahead to where you want to go instead of focusing on the road immediately in front.

Remember, steering takes practice so try it out in an empty space before you go out on the road.

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