It’s All in the Hands . . .


Ingrained Habits . . .

The above picture shows a truck driving student in simulator training. One could argue that the “hands-on” training will probably include safer steering methods, but if so, why not start out the right way from day one?

Keeping a motor vehicle under control at all times is important. This is the essence of driving, defined as:

  • the control and operation of a motor vehicle
  • to direct the movement of (a car, truck, bus, etc.)
  • to move in a specified manner or direction.

Advanced driving classes teach steering techniques as chopping the wheel to mitigate a front wheel skid or the importance of having an “out” and steering around a hazard rather than locking the brakes and crashing into it. But without two hands on the wheel, a second’s delay can make it too late to respond to an emergency.

Vehicle Control 101 – The Basics

  • Two hands on wheel, unless shifting
  • Drivers should not shift while turning or making turns
  • Drivers should not “palm” the steering wheel or rest their hands or fingers on the spokes of the wheel.*

*In a crash, a rack and pinion steering system can transmit crash forces to the steering wheel, injuring the driver’s hands.

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Top Tip: Keep your hands on the outside of the steering wheel—at all times.

Thanks for reading this.

John Taratuta is an independent Risk Engineer. (989) 474-9599