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When starting to learn to drive, one of the biggest challenges we are faced with is how the steering is different to how we'd expected to deal with it.  In most cases, this procedure can be implemented fairly quick once the actions are understood.  The DSA approved control of the Steering Wheel was introduced for a number of reasons:-  

 • To improve the control of the car as both hands remain on the steering wheel making it easier to control in the unlikely event in hitting a pot hole or slippery surface.

 • The technique enables the driver to hold on the steering wheel with both hands in a locked position whilst negotiating a corner or bend.

 • If the cross-arm / hand-over hand technique is used, both hands would be pulling in the same direction giving you less control and accuracy.

 • Using the 'Pull 'n' Push' technique, there is less risk of being hit with your arms / hands if the air bag goes off.


Basis of the Technique

As one hand pulls the steering down (left / right), the other hand slides down the opposite side of the wheel.  This action is continued until sufficient amount of steering has been applied.  Both hands main hold still in this position until the steering needs to be adjusted.  To return to position your wheels straight, the reverse method is applied.


Procedure

For general driving, your hands would be in the 10-2-2 or  ¼ -2-3 position, this enables a slight adjustment to your position on the road with minimal movement to the steering. When holding the steering wheel, grip it lightly as if it is a tube of toothpaste (too much of a firm grip will result in less control). When driving, majority of the time, your hands will be in this position feeding the outer edge of the steering wheel accept whilst operating another control where one hand will momentary be away.


Turning Left

From the 10-2-2 position, slide your left hand up the left hand side of the wheel ensuring it does not pass the 12 o'clock position (top).  At the top position, grip with your left hand and pull down at the same time slide your right hand down so they both meet at 6 o'clock (base).

Change the grip to the right hand and loosen the grip with the left hand, push up with the right hand and slide the left hand keeping in contact all the way to the top.

Repeat as necessary.

The exact starting point on the steering wheel may differ depending on the amount of steering required.


Turning Right

From the 10-2-2 position, slide your right hand up the right hand side of the wheel ensuring it does not pass the 12 o'clock position (top).  At the top position, grip with your right hand and pull down at the same time slide your left hand down so they both meet at 6 o'clock (base).

Change the grip to the left hand and loosen the grip with the right hand, push up with the left hand and slide the right hand keeping in contact all the way to the top.

Repeat as necessary.

The exact starting point on the steering wheel may differ depending on the amount of steering required.


Straightening Up

Using the same technique, feed the steering wheel back through your hands in the opposite direction to your turn, watching the direction of the front of the car during the process. Once completed, the steering wheel should be level and the car moving in a straight line.


Ensure the car is at a speed that is suitable to accurately turn the steering wheel, if you are rushing this procedure, generally the speed of the car is too quick.  Pace yourself.

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