Is It Illegal To Drive With One Hand On The Wheel?

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Is It Illegal To Drive With One Hand On The Wheel?

No, it’s not illegal to drive with only one hand on the wheel, at least not in beautiful British Columbia as there is no law written against it.

However, of course, two is better to control the car with. And it’s good to know that ICBC will fail drivers for driving with only one hand on the wheel, even if the rest of their driving is absolutely perfect. So that says something about what ICBC thinks about it, I suppose.

The only time drivers are allowed to use only one hand (and that would be the left hand) on the wheel on the ICBC road test is when they are backing up in a straight line. That’s it.

backing in a straight line ICBC
When backing in a straight line, drivers may use only one hand – the left hand – on the steering wheel.

Carmen Cohoe

Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in beautiful North Vancouver, BC, and taught many drivers for almost a decade including brand new drivers, drivers from various countries, and seniors, using automatic & standard vehicles and a minivan. She created BC Driving Blog in 2012.

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