Turning the Car

When turning the steering wheel avoid crossing your hands. Feed the rim of the wheel through your hands. Vary your hand movements according to the amount of lock you want.

This is called the pull and push technique:

To turn left:

  • Slide your left and up the wheel bu not beyond 12 o’clock.
  • Pull the wheel downward with your left hand. At the same time, slide your right hand down the wheel against the direction the wheel is turning.
  • Grip and push up with your right hand while you slide your left hand up the wheel.
  • Repeat the second and third steps as necessary.

To turn right:

  • Move your right hand up the wheel but not beyond 12 o’clock.
  • Pull the wheel downwards with your right hand. At the same time, slide your left hand down the wheel against the direction the wheel is turning.
  • Grip and push up with your left hand while you slide your right hand up the wheel.
  • Repeat the second and third steps as necessary.

Car Turning

To straighten up after you turn:

Feed the wheel back through your hands in the opposite direction. Try not to allow the wheel to spin back uncontrolled. On the open road hold the wheel at ten to two or quarter to three, and turn as necessary to maintain a steady course.

Dry steering:

When you are manoeuvring, try to avoid turning the steering wheel when the vehicle is stationery.

This is known as “dry steering” and may cause

  • Damage to the tyres
  • Excess wear in the steering mechanism

This applies whether you have power-assisted steering or not.


Vehicle Safety

Safety Checks on your vehicle

Getting started:

Starting to drive isn’t just a matter of starting the engine and driving off. You should first of all check your vehicle to make sure it’s safe and ready for the road.

Everyday Checks:

Make a habit of checking daily:

  • The windscreen, windows and mirrors are clean
  • All lights (including indicators) are working, replace any dead bulbs immediately
  • The brakes are working, don’t drive with faulty brakes

Periodic Checks:

Vehicle Safety ChecksThese checks are both for safety and good vehicle maintenance. Check and top up if necessary:

  • Engine oil
  • Water level in the radiator or expansion tank
  • Brake fluid level
  • Battery, top up with distilled water if necessary (some batteries are maintenance free and don’t need topping up)
  • Windscreen and rear window washer bottles

You should also check tyres and make sure they are:

  • Legal: They must have the correct tread (they must be at least 1.6mm of tread), and be free of dangerous cuts and defects
  • at the right pressure

How Often?

How often you make the checks depends on how much you drive. Consult your vehicle’s own handbook. If you drive a lot, you may need to do these everyday.

Regular Servicing:

Have your vehicle regularly serviced. The owner’s handbook will tell you when servicing is recommended.