My steering technique
How to Steer Efficiently
The correct steering grip is the biggest driving myth of all is the concept of grasping the steering wheel at ten to two. This idea causes the arms to be held virtually straight out in front of you and requires you to pull the steering wheel down to obtain any useful degree of turning, and results in the arm running out of steering when it passes over the lap. The correct grip is at twenty to four and involves an upward pushing motion within the ergonomics of your arm mechanics. Pushing the steering wheel in an upward motion is achieved by the expanding bicep muscle of the upper arm between the shoulder and the elbow joint.
This is not as comfortable as a pulling action, but when the wheel is gripped below the centreline at twenty to four, it allows the arm to travel further for the same effort. This transcends into an arc of approximately seventy five degrees of radial movement of the steering wheel, which is within the boundary of the average maneuvers involving lane changes and curves. If the ten to two or even the quarter to three position is adopted, you have relinquished a major part of your steering advantage. There is now only a radial return of fifty five degrees.
This means that for sharper turns, you will be attempting to steer the car at the extreme reach of your extended arm on the opposite side of the wheel. This transposes into a dragging motion with the forearm and you are now out of balance with the inertia of the turn. When you push into curves you are effectively pointing in the same direction that you are travelling and any extra steering is an extension of a natural motion of the arm. Stress and fatigue are huge factors in road trauma so a relaxed driving position is essential to minimize these two demons and avoid being part of the yearly road tole.
Hands at Ten to Two?
The correct grip is twenty to four
Upward pushing motion within the ergonomics of the arm’s mechanics
When the wheel is gripped below the centreline at twenty to four, it allows the arm to travel further for the same effort