You should always have two hands on the steering wheel.
Many of us have been known to use one hand to steer while using the other to chat on a cellphone, adjust the radio, or eat a burger. And trust me, your teen has seen you do this.
So use proper steering as the first (of potentially many) instances where you confess to your teen that some of your driving habits arent quite up to snuff.
Explain that you want them to learn proper driving habits because youre concerned about their safety and that youll try to shore up your bad habits as well. A little honesty never hurt anybody.
While driving, your hands should rest comfortably at 10 and 2 on the wheel (or thereabouts depending on what is comfortable). If you need to make a turn, you can use one of the following methods. Keep in mind that regular driving requires using multiple methods, depending on the situation.
As the name suggests, your hands are going to cross each other while turning the wheel.
If making a right turn:
The hand-over-hand method turns the wheel a great distance in a relatively short period of time. Therefore, this method is typically used when making sharp turns (such as a U-turn) and when driving at slow speeds. When driving slowly, more steering input is required to turn your vehicle.
While this method is popular, it isnt as safe as the hand-to-hand method. In fact, some countries have outlawed hand-over-hand steering. It also exposes you to additional risk of injury to arms, hands, and face if the airbag deploys.
With the hand-to-hand (sometimes known as as the pull-push-slide) steering method, your hands do not cross each other.
Each hand remains on its respective side of the wheel.
When turning left:
Turning right is performed by starting with your right hand.
The hand-to-hand method works well for highway driving where minimal steering input is required. Many people like this steering method, because both hands are usually even with each other and they never leave the wheel (as with the hand-over-hand method).
We debated even mentioning this steering method because, well, it has pretty limited use. As the name suggest, your hands stay fixed at 10 and 2. You then turn your arms about 15-20 degrees (yes, your hands will move, but not relative to their starting position on the wheel). Obviously, this doesnt produce much steering input, so it is typically reserved for high-speed driving. Race car drivers use this steering method.
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