How to Steer a Car Correctly

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Driver's education is vital for teenagers first getting behind the wheel. They must have the proper training to become safe and responsible drivers. Steering is obviously the most important factor in controlling a vehicle. Learning to steer properly is a fundamental skill for every teenager.

  • Adjust the seat so you can comfortably see over the dashboard and steering wheel. Try not to lean the seat back very far. Your legs should easily reach the peddles without bending your knees too much.

  • Adjust the steering wheel to a comfortable angle by unlocking the bar or button on the side of the steering column. Keep at least 10 to 12 inches of space between your breastbone and the wheel.

  • Put your right hand at two o'clock and your left hand at 10 o'clock. Don't wrap your thumbs around the steering wheel.

  • When driving, keep your eyes on the road–not on the steering wheel. Rotate the steering wheel at a moderately fast pace as you turn, then gently allow it to straighten by not gripping the wheel too tightly.

  • Practice in open, no-traffic areas at slow speeds before you get onto a real road. Gain confidence through practice before taking on busier roads.

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