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Using the Steering Wheel safely and properly

Using the Steering Wheel safely and properly

When steering the wheel you must use the push pull method of steering where you feed the wheel through the hands without allowing your hands to cross over.  This is a safer and easier way to steer.

It's safer because it will ensure your hands are away from the area to the car where the airbag could deploy in an accident, thereby protecting your arms.  it's also safer because it allows more freedom and flexibility for a driver to turn the wheel.  As you will see in the attached video, there is less chance of your arms getting caught and blocked when you use the push pull method.

It's easier because it requires less handling and gripping of the wheel which causes less effort and fatigue, especially on a long winding country road and it ensures either hand is not to far away from your secondary controls, like wiper's, lights or signals.  

Once you practice and get comfortable with this way of steering you will find it safer, easier and more convenient.  It is best to practice in a safe quiet area first to allow you to build up your confidence through trial and error before you try it on a busier road.

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Safety Checks Before Starting the Car

Safety Checks Before Starting the Car

Sometimes known as the cockpit drill, you should carry out a series of checks and adjustments before you start the car and drive away, I have developed an easy to remember saying, called SOLO, to help you with these important initial checks.

The S part of SOLO refers to the seat, so you should ensure that the seat is properly adjusted to suit your own height and body shape.  The seating position can be changed by moving the bar under the seat and using the circle adjuster to fix the back rest.

The O stands for observation which specifically means to observe your mirrors to ensure they are properly set up, you should see all of the back window in the rear view mirror and not too much of the car in your side mirrors.

The L is more so a shape that you draw with your finger that reflects a capital L when you draw over the gear stick, handbrake and the seat-belt connector.  So the car must be in neutral gear, the handbrake securely up and the seat-belt on.

The final O refers to the shape of the steering wheel which must be adjusted so you have enough leg-room and with a gentle bend in the elbows you should be comfortable with the position of the steering wheel.

For more information on the cockpit drill and for a more detailed talk through please check out my video and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more great driving videos.

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