Hand over Hand & General steering video by Eric L. (Driving instructor in North Vancouver)
Poor Steering Technique: Hooking
- Hooking the wheel is when you grab it like this:
- Some drivers use this technique before/while doing a turn.
- This could be quite terrible in the event of a collision where the steering wheel airbag were to deploy – which does so at about 300 km/hr.
- Arms could also potentially get stuck and injured in the event of a collision.
- If you are seen using this technique on the ICBC road test you will not pass the road test, even if your driving is otherwise perfect.
- And since you asked, let’s look at some other ways to hold the wheel/steering:
Poor Steering Technique: Palming
- Avoid “Palming” the wheel as well as it is not good control at all:
Poor Steering Technique: “12 and Stick”
- Try and avoid the “12 and Stick” position as well.
- Two hands on the wheel are much better control than one:
Recommended Steering Technique: ‘9 and 3’
- The #1 recommended way to hold the wheel for general driving is at the 9 and 3 position.
- You can turn the wheel the most while keeping your hands on the wheel and it is the best position if the airbag were to deploy.
- Many wheels even have thumb/finger grips to encourage drivers to hold the wheel here:
Steering Technique: ’10 and 2′?
- 10 and 2 could be deadly in the event of a crash and is no longer recommended by professionals due to the risk of airbag injuries.
- It used to be “the way,” but now that cars have airbags, it is going out of style.
- Back in the good old days when it was a rule that you had to have your hands at 10 and 2, there were no air bags inside of steering wheels.
- Now it is Canadian law that all new vehicles are equipped with a steering wheel airbag (and many cars have airbags in additional locations).
- Times change, and so must our habits.
Steering Technique: ‘8 and 4’?
- 8 and 4 is acceptable in my opinion when driving for long distances on the highway/freeway.
Steering Technique: Shuffle Steering
- A good way to steer is to use the shuffle steering method:
- Do not sit too close to the steering wheel
- Make sure you’re sitting no closer than 25 cm to the steering wheel.
Do not put feet on airbags
- DO NOT let people rest their legs on the dashboard unless they are fine with resting their legs on a bomb.
Drive safely 🙂