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:

 

 

HookingWheel

 

  • 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:

 

Palming

 

 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:

 

Steering 12 and Stick

 

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:

 

 

9 and 3

 

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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.

 

CTV News – 10 and 2 Dangerous, say experts.

 

 

10 and 2

 

  • 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.

 

Maazda 8 and 4

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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What else have you been doing wrong?  😆

16 Things You’ve Been Doing Completely Wrong : FASHIONBEANS

Drive safely!