How To Hold The Steering Wheel

Both hands on the steering wheel


It is just as easy to develop good driving habits as it is to fall into bad habits. Make sure you listen to advice given by trained instructors. Form good habits from the beginning and use them for every trip, even if it is just around the block.

When you get in your car, always check your mirrors. Adjust them, if needed.

Make sure your seat is adjusted. You should be able to see clearly through the windshield. Keep a distance of at least 10 inches to the steering wheel.

All passengers should be properly seated.

Before switching on the ignition, buckle your safety belt and see that all passengers do the same.

With a manual transmission, push in the clutch before turning the ignition key. With an automatic transmission, the indicator must be in park or neutral, then depress the brake pedal as you turn the key.

Before you start driving, make sure it is safe to do so. Know what it is happening around your vehicle by checking mirrors and your blind spots.

Good posture at the steering wheel is important. It will result in better vision, control, and ability to maneuver in an emergency.

Grip the outside rim of the steering wheel with both hands.

If your vehicle has airbags, grip the wheel by 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions, or lower. This position helps avoid injury from air bag deployment during an accident.

Avoid the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock positions, unless you drive a vehicle without airbags.

Do not develop the habit of driving with your elbow or arm propped on the door or out the window. You can easily loose control of your vehicle if you have a blowout, a skid, or run off the pavement.