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 palming. Palming is a very important steering technique when used in the proper circumstances. It’s done by completing the following steps:
- Grip the wheel firmly at 12 o’clock.
- When making more than a quarter-turn, you want to push hard with your palm and pivot your fingers upwards, towards the sky as you rotate the wheel. Note that your hand will not move from the 12 o’clock position.
- If your hand arrives back at the top of the wheel, it’s okay to re-grip the wheel and then push and palm to continue turning.
The key is keeping hard, continuous pressure on the wheel. Understanding where your hand is on the steering wheel is important for controlling the car. When you have the palming steering technique down, you’ll be able to make turns smoothly while keeping your eyes focused on where you need to go.
Check out our demonstration video below: