3 must-know steering wheel turning techniques


How well can you handle the steering wheel? There are different steering wheel techniques for different occasions. Check them out and pick your favorite!

You are probably wondering why Naijacarnews spent time writing on something as basic as turning the steering wheel while driving. This is based on the notion that turning anything does not require a skill as even kids can turn an object without any directions. Those objects are different from the steering wheel.

Granted, you can do it on your own, but the thing is, you may not be able to properly navigate through difficult bends. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need more than basic steering turning skills, you will be grateful that you read this piece.

Below are the three most common techniques in turning the steering wheel!

1. Hand over hand

The hand over hand technique is good for making tight turns. As the name implies, you place your one hand over the other until you achieve a complete turn. The wheel covers a large distance in the shortest time possible. It comes very handy when you have to make U-turns and other turns on low speed.


Hand over hand technique gives you a firm grip of the wheel

For instance, if you are heading in the right direction, position your hands like 9:00 and 3:00 on the clock. Make a clockwise turning until your left hand gets to 1:00 on the clock. Take off your right hand and move it down to 11:00 or 12:00 on the clock. Use your right hand to continue the rotation. Upon a successful completion of your turn, take your hands back to the neutral placement.

2. Milking the cow

What an interesting name. You will see that the turn is as interesting as its name. What does it mean to milk the cow?

This method of turning the steering is not very popular. It is frowned on by many people due to its complex nature. But if you make wide turns as you drive, this will help make your steering turning easier.

Place both your right and left hands on the top of the steering. Ensure that you are very relaxed as stiffness will hinder the movement. For instance, if you are making a left turn, place your hands on 10:00 and 2:00 on the clock. Move your left hand down to 6:00 and your right hand down to 12:00.

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3. Wiping the dishes

Here comes another interesting name. What have dishes got to do with the steering wheels? You will soon find out. Get a grip of the steering with both hands. But if you are backing up, one hand is enough to give you desired movements.

Place your left hand on the wheel taking the 11:00 o’clock position. For back up movements, position your right hand behind the front passenger’s seat. This will give you a good rear view. Use your left hand to turn the steering.


Who has thought you can apply dish washing into steering wheel turning?

4. Additional pro tips for effective steering wheel turning  

It is good you have learned how to make the various steering wheel turnings, but there are other things you need to be aware of in order to master the process.

  • Position both hands

Unless you are backing up, ensure that you position both hands on the wheel before executing any of the techniques discussed above. This will enable you have a grasp of the steering for total control in the turning process. Failure to do this will leave you trying to find the right balance and getting you confused.

  • Have a firm grip

Your hands are not meant to caress the steering while driving but hold it firmly. You must always be in control at all times, so you can take swift actions if the need arises. Merely placing your hands on the wheel does not do justice to your driving. In the event of a crisis, you will not be able to take charge and get your car in one position.

  • Common holding positions

Although there are several ways to position your hands on the steering wheel, the two most common ones are the 10:00 and 2:00 o’clock position and the 9:00 and 3:00 o’clock position.


Holding the wheel with one hand gives you very little control

For power steering wheels, 9:00 and 3:00 o’clock positioning is better. If your car is an older model, you are better of working with the 10:00 and 2:00 o’clock positioning.

  • Thumb position

The thumb plays an active role in the steering wheel turning process. This is determined by the road condition you are moving on. For packed surfaces, tighten your thumb on the wheel. This is not required for off-road driving, so let go off your grip on the wheel.

  • Do not cross hands

When your hands are relaxed, do not place them in a crossed position. As much as you are not praying for your airbags to explode, if they do for any reasons, they will strain your wrist.

  • Reduce speed

Turning the steering wheel on high speed is not advisable; you will have little or no control. Reduce your speed first, and begin to turn. You are more relaxed due to the control you have when turning on low speed.

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