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Steering | Turns 

 

There’s a lot going on when you’re first learning to drive especially when it comes to making turns. Your right foot is working the pedals, both hands are steering, and your eyes are constantly scanning the driving environment. It takes the same level of coordination as a drummer in a band.

 

 

A drummer uses their left hand to play the snare drum, right hand and left foot for the high hat, and their right foot for the base drum. Add in a band, and now you must not only maintain rhythm and coordination but they must also maintain sync and flow with the rest of the band. Similarly in traffic a driver must learn how to control the vehicle while turning.

Lars Ulrich Drum Solo

A rolling turn is one of the more difficult maneuvers to perfect with good flow. First you approach the turn at a safe speed for how sharp it is while maintaining a steady pressure on the brake or gas pedal depending on whether it’s an uphill or downhill turn. Your signal light must be activated before you apply the brakes, then the steering wheel must be turned smoothly while maintaining seamless flow and control. All of these steps are performed together so it can be a lot all at once.

 

 

Like everything in driving, the trick is to slow your turns down and perfect them with good flow. Remember that for rolling turns you have to shoulder check 200 - 300 feet out from the turn. This ensures that if there is a cyclist riding beside you in your blind spot you'll see them before beginning your turn and avoid hitting them. Shoulder checking well before your rolling turn also makes it much easier to focus on the intersection as you approach.

Hand Over Hand Steering

 

For the best steering control you should hold the wheel from the outside with your thumbs resting on the outside of the wheel. This is how you have to hold the steering wheel on your road test.

How To Properly Use Your Turn Signals: How Far Ahead Should You Signal, When To Use Them, And Why​

 


Turn signals are one of the only ways that drivers have to communicate with each other while in traffic. When other drivers around you know what you're doing that makes you and them safer.

Steering Tips

Use the drain covers in the centre of an intersection to mark the point at which you start to steering for your turn. This ensures that you'll be perfectly lined up with your new lane as you exit the turn.

Counter Steering

This video is more specific to race track driving but the concepts of how to control a vehicle and steer in a slide are the same.

 

 

The Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer

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