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Steering

There are two correct methods of steering a vehicle, which are known as the pull-push method or the hand-over-hand method. A Motor Driving Instructor should assist you in determining which method is the most suitable for you.

When steering a motor vehicle the following Rules of Steering should be obeyed:

Rules of Steering

1. Position your hands on the steering wheel so they are able to exert maximum leverage when required without resting your arm on the door. (This allows both arms freedom of movement).

2. On straight roads, your hands should settle into an effective position on the steering wheel - 10 to 2 or quarter to 3, only tightening your grip when cornering or braking.

3. On a greasy or slippery road surface, do not tighten your grip on the wheel. This tends to roughen your movement of the wheel and could induce skidding.

It should be noted that Rules of Steering 2 (above) implies that when the vehicle is travelling at normal road speeds both hands should be on the steering wheel. Gear changing should be done before the corner and not in the corner (see 'System of Car Control') unless the speed of the vehicle is very slow and you might have to stop the vehicle (e.g. turning left through a slip lane or where the view is poor).

 

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