How to Steer The Car
Hold the wheel as in the diagram below.
Fold your palms loosely over the rim and rest your thumbs lightly up the flat of the wheel.
Relax your shoulders and keep your arms free of your body.
The examiner on your driving test will expect you to:-
Hold the steering wheel at either the ten-to-two or quarter-to-three position
Steer at the correct time and smoothly
Avoid crossing your hands over one another when turning
Avoid letting the wheel spin back through your hands when straightening up.
Keep to the left normally
Avoid weaving in and out between parked cars
Obey lane markings
To steer accurately you should look well ahead at where you are going. You must be able to operate the main controls without looking at them. Looking down will result in your car wandering from side to side
Try to keep both hands on the wheel when braking or cornering.
Although you should keep both hands on the wheel as much as possible, there are times when you need to change gears or operate the lights, wipers and other controls.
When learning, find a straight, quiet road where you can steer with one hand while you practise using the controls.
When approaching right bends, move your right hand to the top of the wheel ready to pull it down to steer round the curve in the road. In the diagram your right hand coloured in red should always stay in the red coloured part of the steering wheel.
When approaching left hand bends, move your left hand to the top of the wheel to pull it down to steer round the curve in the road. The left hand should stay in the blue part of the steering wheel.
When turning, try not to cross your hands over one another, or in other words, using the diagram above, try and keep your right hand in the red part of the steering wheel and your left hand in the blue.
When turning left it is important for you to maintain a position about a metre from the kerb.
Too close to the kerb and your rear wheel may roll over the kerb or even strike it, which could damage to the tyre.
Too close to the kerb could cause you to swing out and into the path of approaching vehicles.
Too close to the kerb and swinging out just before you turn could cause the following vehicle to swerve across the road to pass you.
Practice makes perfect, so get plenty of practice from a Approved Driving Instructor
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