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The pull push steering technique

In most cars, the steering wheel turns the front wheels. In some cars, it turns all four wheels.

How to use the steering wheel, for best control.

If you imagine the steering wheel as a clock face, the ideal positions for your hands are ten-to-two or quarter-to-three. Choose the position that feels most comfortable. Grip the wheel firmly, but not to firmly, as this can then reduce control. Hold the steering wheel with both hands. Remove a hand only when you need to operate other controls. Afterwards put your hand back on the wheel. Never remove both hands at once.

Avoid crossing your hands, unless moving at low speeds, and feed the outer edge of the steering wheel through your hands.

To turn left:

  • Slide your left hand up the wheel, not beyond 12 o'clock though.
  • Pull the wheel downwards with your left hand, and at the same time slide your right hand down the wheel; so that both hands follow each other at opposite sides of the wheel.
  • Grip and push up with your right hand, while you slide the left hand upwards
  • Repeat second and third step as necessary.

To turn right:

  • Slide your right hand up the wheel, not beyond 12 o'clock though.
  • Pull the wheel downwards with your right hand, and at the same time slide your left hand down the wheel. So that both hands follow each other at opposite sides of the wheel.
  • Grip and push up with your left hand, while you slide the right hand upwards
  • Repeat second and third step as necessary.

To straighten up after the turn:

  • Feed the wheel back through your hands in the opposite direction to your turn. Don't let the steering wheel spin back uncontrolled, which will lead to reduced control.
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