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#1 15-05-08 16:36:45

jo
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Registered: 10-11-07
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Steering wheel

Hi again.  Is it normal to hold on to the steering wheel with a really firm hold, my arms appear to be rigid. My father has been teaching me to drive and keeps commenting that I need to relax my grip on the wheel.  I wonder if this is why many of my movements, e.g. when going round a roundabout, turning into a road etc. are so jerky?  Can anyone help with this please?

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#2 15-05-08 18:49:22

Shazzer
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Re: Steering wheel

You should ease up as you get used to it, try to relax your arms a bit, I found something was always tense! arms, hands or feet, but now it's ok!

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#3 15-05-08 19:23:52

ExAdiNigel
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Re: Steering wheel

Also, your arms should not be straight.  If your arms are straight and you are involved in an accident then you have 2 dislocated shoulders! 

When you are holding the steering wheel, are your thumbs through the steering wheel or along the wheel?  They should be along the wheel, for 2 reasons.  One it helps relax your grip and two, it helps prevent your thumbs being damaged in an accident!

Nigel


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#4 15-05-08 19:49:01

driverpete
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Re: Steering wheel

Imagine you are gripping eggs; try not to break them or drop them.


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#5 15-05-08 22:24:55

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Re: Steering wheel

Or a tube of toothpaste with no lid!


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#6 15-05-08 23:18:32

Zipper
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Re: Steering wheel

A relaxed grip is the way to go as mentioned above.
In olden days when I was young (here we go again   roll ) we were taught to "hang" our arms from the ten-to-two or eleven-to-one position, to enable relaxed steering on very long trips. Wheel rims were thinner in those days and did not encourage a relaxed grip.

These days wheels have airbags so a lower position is preferable to prevent your arms getting in the way if the airbag deploys.
I teach "relaxed grip, arms slightly bent, thumbs along the rim, hand position just above quarter-to-three".

A good way to check your distance from the wheel: sit in your normal driving position and stretch your arm horizontally in front of you with hand palm down (something like a horizontal Nazi salute). Your wrist should rest on top of the wheel rim.


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#7 15-05-08 23:20:40

keith-adi
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Re: Steering wheel

think of examiners as boxes of eggs - you dont want to break one . with steering or with feet  big_smile  so a slightly  relaxed grip is what you are after - not a tight rigid grip - cars everyware relax! take your time. sure you'll be fine


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#8 17-05-08 13:28:21

littlemissbitch
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Re: Steering wheel

i used to do this many moon's ago when i first started learning for some reason in my head i must of thought if i grip the steering wheel tightly it would make me safer lol , i think the more you get used to driving the more it will ease

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