There are different ways to steer the steering wheel, including:
- Palming – A one-hand steering technique where you press your left palm onto the wheel to turn it round and round
- Hand over hand – A two-handed technique where one hand may cross over the other hand when needed
- Shuffle steering – This entails your left hand staying on the left side of the wheel, and the right hand on the right side.
To be clear, each one of the steering methods has it place. There is not one that is better than the other. The most important thing is to NOT lock your hands on the wheel and to keep them moving when needed using any of the methods.
Today, we’ll be going over hand over hand, a steering technique that’s particularly well suited for precision maneuvers, steering through curves, intersection entry and exit, and front-wheel traction loss control (skidding).
How to Steer Using the Hand Over Hand Technique
When using hand-over-had steering, your left hand grasps the steering wheel between 8 and 9 o’clock and your right hand between 3 and 4 o’clock.
Depending on the direction of the turn, your right or left hand pushes up as the opposite hand lets go, reaching across the other arm to grasp the wheel. Then, the driver will pull the wheel up, over and down as appropriate. As the wheel is being pulled up, the hand that initiated the pushing motion releases the wheel and returns to its original position.
Simply reverse the hand-over-hand process to bring the vehicle into your intended path. Check out our demonstration video below: