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'Pull-Push' Steering Method

Firstly let me start by confirming that the method is called ‘Pull-Push’ not ‘Push-Pull’, although looks and sounds similar but are quite different when you do it. You start steering by pulling towards the direction you want to go first followed by pushing by the other hand. The best comfortable position of your arms when using this technique is ‘quarter to three’ position, NOT ‘ten to two’ as some suggest. In ‘quarter to three’ position your arms are lower hence less fatigue and more control of the wheels.

Some argue that the ‘Pull-Push’ method is a slow method of steering. I agree that it is slower but that disciplines you to approach junctions slower and allow more time for forward planning.

Here are some reasons whey ‘Pull-Push’ method is favoured over others.

It provides a better sitting position

The most common reason that drivers lose control of a vehicle in an emergency is that they move in their seats owing to poor positioning. Pull-push steering provides the best control during steering because the arms are always at the same height and the hands never cross to the opposite side of the wheel. This will also mean that the driver will experience less fatigue, especially when driving on a winding road.

It provides better grip

It is natural to grip a vertical object with the thumb up rather than the little finger up. With pull-push steering, the thumb always remains up, unlike hand-over-hand or cross-arm. Pull-push steering is the only style that enables the driver to hold the wheel locked still while negotiating a bend. As one hand pulls the wheel into the bend, the other hand slides down the wheel to remain opposite. When sufficient steering is achieved, both hands hold the wheel still. With either cross-arm or hand-over-hand styles, one hand would now be above the other and both hands pulling in the same direction. This situation is not conducive to holding the wheel steady.

It is smoother

It is easier to experience this fact than it is to describe it. When the technique has been mastered, try a turn in a car park or other area away from traffic; make the same turn at the same speed using hand-over-hand.

It makes sense that pull-push will be smoother when you think about the hand action of the various styles of steering. Pull-push is a natural, symmetrical hand movement, which allows easy passing of the wheel from one hand to the other at the top and bottom of each stroke. 

It is the most efficient method of steering

No other steering style consistently provides half a turn of the wheel for each hand movement. This means that you are able to move your hands slower on the wheel to provide the same amount of steering in the same time. Once the technique is mastered, drive through slalom of traffic markers, set up in an off-road area. First using pull-push steering and note your best speed, then see if you can get near the speed with any other style.


Safe Driving!