Think of the steering wheel as a clock. To have the best vehicle control, place your left hand at about the 9 o'clock position. Your right hand should be at about the 3 o'clock position. If this is not possible due to the design of the steering wheel, place your left hand at about the 10 o'clock position and your right hand at about the 2 o'clock position.

When turning a corner, steer using the hand-over-hand method. When returning the wheel from a turning position, use the hand-over-hand method. You can also let the steering wheel slide through your hands back into position by loosening your grip slightly, but keeping contact with the steering wheel.

Hand placements during a right turn

Hand placements during a right turn

A. Hand position to begin a left or right turn.

B. For right turns, the left hand applies turning power. Right hand releases the steering wheel, and moves to the top of the steering wheel.

C. Right hand takes new position and applies turning power.

D. Left hand releases the steering wheel, and returns to 9 o’clock position.

E. Reverse the steps to complete the turn and return the steering wheel to the normal position. Turn completed, return hands to driving position.

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