4 Steering control – driving forward through 90-degree turns

Post on 20 September 2017

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Aim

  • To consistently steer the vehicle through 90-degree turns at slow speed.

Situation

  • The vehicle should be in a safe area, either on or off the road, with enough room to make 90-degree turns at low speed.
    Note: if on the road, then the driver will need to use indicators.

The driver should

    • Have both hands lightly gripping the steering wheel in the ‘quarter to three' position or slightly lower. This is because of the possibility of injury if the airbag goes off.
    • Steer the vehicle through at least five left and five right 90-degree turns, maintaining the correct lane position (if on a road).
    • Turn the steering wheel back to the centre position after each turn (rather than just letting it turn back by itself).
    • Use an appropriate steering method – either push-pull or hand-over-hand.

Picture showing how to steer using the push-pull method

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Picture showing how to steer using the push-pull method

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Picture showing how to steer using the push-pull method

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Picture showing how to steer using the push-pull method

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Push-pull steering method

Picture showing how to steer using the hand-over hand method

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Picture showing how to steer using the hand-over hand method

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Picture showing how to steer using the hand-over hand method

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Hand-over-hand steering method

    • Keep full control of the vehicle throughout the turns.
    • Look ahead in the direction of the turn, not at the ground in front of the vehicle.
    • Perform at least five consecutive left and five consecutive right 90-degree turns.