Steering Techniques and Hand Positions

Steering Techniques and Hand Positions


The way we position our hands on the steering wheel can have a big impact on the way you drive. Many times the driving practices that were taught to your parents have now become out of date due to the changes in technology. It is important to have good hand control to maximize the control you have over your vehicle while driving. Prior recommendations on where to place your hands have changed due to the change in steering wheel sizes and the advancement of air bags. NHTSA states holding the wheel at 2 o’clock and 10 o’clock isn’t recommended anymore due to this reason.

 Here are three important hand position recommendations:

  • Always have a firm grip on the steering wheel when driving.
  • Your hands should be placed on the outside of the steering wheel with your hands-on opposite sides.
  • Never turn the steering while gripping it from the inside.

It is important to know that there are three different types of methods you can use when turning the steering wheel:

  • Hand- to – hand steering or commonly known as the (push/ pull steering)
  • Hand over hand steering
  • One hand steering

Where you place your hands on the steering wheel is important but also how you sit in the driver’s seat can impact the control you have over your vehicle. Consider the following tips next time you get behind the driver’s seat:

  • Your seating position should allow for you to have an upright spine. Adjust the back of the seat to help with this.
  • Your arms should not be stretched out when driving. If you notice that your arms are stretched out, try pulling your seat closer to the wheel.
  • Consider using cruise control for long distance driving. This will allow for you to place your feet flat on the floor.
  • Utilize the head rest. The back of your head should touch the head rest allowing you the opportunity to relieve pressure off your neck.

Learning how to drive can be exciting and scary all at once. That’s why it’s important to make the experience as easy as possible. Try sharing a few of these tips with your parents. Ask your parents to share with you what makes them feel more comfortable while driving. You never know, you might learn something new about your loved one!