When one is learning how to drive, there are a lot of things that need to be kept in mind. In fact,
whether a rookie or a mature driver, it is very important to be really careful when you are behind the
steering wheel. Keeping both eyes on the road and both hands on the steering are two key components
of safe steering.
The basic steps to steering for a beginner are:
1. Grip the steering wheel with both hands firmly. You can hold the wheel at the picture of an
analog clock with 12 o’clock as the apex of the wheel. With your left hand, hold the wheel at
either 9 or 10 o’clock and hold the other side of the steering wheel at either the 3 or 2 o’clock
position of the right hand.
2. Turn the steering wheel in the direction you wish to turn the vehicle. Maintaining a 9:3 o’clock
grip is advisable to access the steering column on the modern cars which are equipped with
other functions as well.
3. Practice steering in reverse by checking all mirrors to make sure the rear of the car is free of
obstacles or people. Grip the steering wheel at 12 o’clock with your left hand and use the right
hand to turn twist your torso for a better view from the rear window. However, these days cars
are equipped with rear view mirrors which do not need you to turn around for reverse. You can
follow the rear view camera in reverse and steer the car with one or both hands.
4. Perfecting a safer drive by adjusting the steering column and the seat to your comfort before
driving to fix relative height and distance. This will help you avoid putting undue stress on the